MPs call for Pompey sale to supporters’ trust

Mike Hancock MP
Mike Hancock MP
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PORTSMOUTH MPs have urged Balram Chainrai to reach a deal with the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

In a joint open letter to the former owner, Conservative Penny Mordaunt and Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock called on him to ‘sell the club to the right people’.

They wrote: ‘We wanted to take the opportunity to write to you to ask you to accept the very good offer submitted to you by the Pompey Supporters Trust.

‘In your recent statement withdrawing your bid you accepted that there was little or no support for it. The decision to change the decision to withdraw has further diminished that support.

‘It will take many years of hard work in order for Portsmouth Football Club to prosper. The offer from the PST is a fair one reflecting both the value of the club and the hard work that it will take to rebuild its squad, academy and infrastructure. There is no short term fix, no magic wand.

‘You have spoken on many occasions of your reluctance to own Pompey. You have the perfect opportunity now to place the club into the best hands imaginable, those of the people who have supported it passionately for a lifetime.

‘We ask you to recognise and grasp this opportunity to demonstrate once and for all that you care for the club, and to walk away with a fair sum and your heads held high. You will always be able to say that when it came to the crunch you kept your promise, to sell the club to the right people who would take the best possible care of it.’