Pompey Supporters’ Trust urges fans to back bid following Portpin withdrawal

Ashley Brown, chairman of the Portsmouth Supporters Trust.
Ashley Brown, chairman of the Portsmouth Supporters Trust.
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THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust is urging fans to come up with the cash after Portpin withdrew its bid to takeover the club.

Balram Chainrai, who was negotiating with administrator Trevor Birch, sensationally withdrew his bid this morning.

Now the trust is calling on fans to support its bid as the fans’ group is the only option on the table.

Fans have already pledged almost £2m towards its bid already and a combination of associate directors and indivual investors have invested another £1m.

Trust spokesman Colin Farmery said: ‘Fans need to be ready to come up with the money they have pledged. It is a pivotal moment in the club’s history.

‘We welcome the fact Portpin have stated they want to want to help save the club. It is no one’s interests Pompey are liquidated.

‘I am certain Pompey fans, the city of Portsmouth and the wider football family will be able to do what is needed to make Pompey the biggest community club of its type in the UK.’

Trust chairman Ashley Brown said: ‘It gives us the opportunity to complete our bid.

‘We are happy that Portpin have said that they are willing to work with us to make this happen and wait for those talks with interest.

‘They know what offer is and hopefully we can work to those.

‘I hope Trevor Birch will move us up to preferred bidder status and that will allow us to do some of the work we are able to address so far.

‘We are ready to go as much as possible in place to finalise this deal as quickly as possible.’

Fans can still pledge at communitypompey.co.uk