Pompey Supporters’ Trust want new owner to be a custodians for the club

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THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust has urged those behind finding the club a new owner to choose ‘fit and proper custodians’.

Joseph Cala, a Sicilian American businessman, has emerged as the frontrunner to take over the club after confirming his interest.

In a statement, the trust said: ‘Portsmouth Football Club is in a precarious position, it cannot afford to once again be handed to anyone who does not have the finances to stabilise the club.

‘The Pompey Supporters Trust would like, on behalf of our members and all fans, to urge the Administrators of CSI, UHY Hacker Young and the Football League to ensure that the club is put into the hands of fit and proper custodians. We are very concerned that names linked to the club in the last week raise many questions over the motives behind the purchase.

‘It is hoped that the Administrators and the Football League would be capable of conducting far more rigorous tests than those which could be found from a Google search, which in itself would suggest that mooted potential owners may have many questions to answer about their previous business history.

‘The Administrators and the Football League have a very clear duty to only give the football club to anyone that can safely steer it through the CVA period and also pay off the major creditors. Failure to do so could be catastrophic for Portsmouth Football Club.

‘We have contacted the Administrators and the Football League to offer our help in vetting any potential owners and we would also like to re-iterate our pledge to work with any owners who have the best interests of Portsmouth Football Club, its history and future, at heart.’