Brian Howe ‘not in running’ to take over Pompey

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FORMER Bad Company frontman Brian Howe is not in the running to take over Pompey, according to the administrators of the club’s parent company.

Terri Mulgrew, of UHY Hacker Young, said Mr Howe does not appear on a list of potential new owners drawn up by Andrew Andronikou, joint-administrator of Convers Sports Initiative (CSI).

Mr Andronikou has been searching for Pompey’s new owners since CSI went into administration in November.

Mr Howe, a lifelong Pompey fan, was rumoured to be interested in taking over the club after posts appeared on Facebook and Twitter pages believed to be his.

A comment posted on a Twitter profile believed to be that of Mr Howe said: ‘There will never be a Portsmouth without a football team.

‘I am doing all I can to help ensure that. Fingers crossed.’

But Ms Mulgrew said: ‘Brian Howe has not had any contact with us. I believe Andrew Andronikou has put a list of interested people together and he’s not on it.

‘We are speaking to people but no-one far along in the process.’

She also confirmed Sicilian-American businessman Joseph Cala, who claimed to be the frontrunner to take over, had been in touch with Mr Andronikou, but the administrator said he is not in the running.

Ms Mulgrew added: ‘We are very much looking for interested parties and it’s imperative anyone interested gets in contact with us.’