Michael Eisner: No crazy approach to Portsmouth spending

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Michael Eisner reiterated his stance that money will not be thrown at Pompey’s pursuit of success on the pitch.

That’s after a flurry of summer transfer activity that saw manager Kenny Jackett bring in 10 new faces to Fratton Park.

Michael Eisner. Picture: Joe Pepler

Michael Eisner. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ronan Curtis (Derry City) and Anton Walkes (Spurs) arrived for undisclosed fees, while the likes of Andre Green (Aston Villa) and Joe Mason (Wolves) – players with Championship experience – have been brought in on loan to boost the Blues’ promotion ambitions this term.

The Tornante company are into their second season as Pompey owners, following their £5.67m takeover of the club in August 2017. 

During Jackett’s first campaign as boss, he operated with a similar playing budget to that provided by former owners, the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

However, it appears there was room for manoeuvre to facilitate this summer's recruitment drive.

Eisner revealed Jackett is already working on potential future targets.

But Pompey’s chairman stressed the club continued to operate to workable parameters and had not gone back on previous stances where Tornante insisted the cash would not be splashed for the sake of it.

Speaking via video to the Pompey Supporters’ Trust AGM on Thursday, Eisner said: ‘A lot of work is being done on future thinking on player transfers, what we need, what will be needed in the future, and (we) are being consistent in what we said.

‘We are not being crazy, not creating a tremendous amount of debt, so we don’t have a problem in the future.’

Pompey sit top of League One ahead of today’s clash against Wycombe Wanderers at Fratton Park. 

Jackett’s troops remain unbeaten from their opening eight matches. 

Eisner admitted he’s surprised the Blues already sit at the summit of the division.

He also confessed progress on the pitch under Tornante’s ownership has been swifter than expected. 

But the former Disney CEO warned the Fratton faithful things won’t always look this positive. 

‘This is a slow-growth opportunity,’ added Eisner.

‘Being at the top of the division is fantastic and it’s going faster than we thought it would go.

‘One piece of warning – it’s not always going to look this good.

‘Of course, we all think we’re going to be number one forever but it may not be so.

‘But the group has really came together and we’re really happy about that.

‘We know if we lose eight in a row instead of being undefeated after eight there will be some tweets that aren’t so appropriate!

‘But in the meantime everything has worked well, thank you for your support and your vote.’

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