Pompey trust hails league intervention to block rival bid

Ashley Brown, chairman of Portsmouth Supporters Trust
Ashley Brown, chairman of Portsmouth Supporters Trust
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POMPEY Supporters’ Trust chairman Ashley Brown says the Football League has made a ‘sensible decision’ to block a rival bid.

Last night the football authority announced at the 11th hour it would not approve a bid from financier Keith Harris – leaving the trust clear to take over.

Today Mr Brown said: ‘The Football League has come to a sensible decision. Our bid is ready to go and we will be meeting with the administrator PKF shortly to prepare the timetable to complete our takeover.

‘We have always been clear we are the best solution for the creditors and the best solution for the club and this has now been recognised across the board.

‘Our bid will put capital into Portsmouth FC and will make a clean break from the past. Any fans who have been unsure about backing our bid financially can now do so in the confidence their money will go towards the rebuilding of the club. There is no knight, white or otherwise, who is going to do it for them,’ he said.

‘Well over 3,000 fans have backed the trust bid by pledging, as individuals or in syndicates, around £2m in a share issue to invest in the club.’

He also called on Balram Chainrai to work with the trust to ensure a smooth transition.

He added: ‘Mr Chainrai has always made it clear he does not want to see Pompey liquidated. We are sure he is genuine in his sentiment and I would urge him to work with us to ensure the club will stand the best chance of success in the future,’