Portsmouth Football Club – one-click guide to the takeover

4th May, 2017

“The objective of this article is to condense and provide “one click” links to as much original and relevant information as possible, in one place.”

The following are the articles found to date. They have been listed in chronological order starting with the latest. Within that ordering they are sort via relevance or content. All articles referenced have either been reported in the mainstream media or via public domain blog articles/posts.

It will be updated with links to new material as the story unravels in the coming weeks/months.

This post is written around 50 months after the previous post regarding the PST takeover. Come September, it seems highly likely that Portsmouth Football Club will be owned by the Tornante Group, headed up by Michael Eisner. The shareholders will decide in a ballot that runs from the 7th to 19th May. Following a number of key interviews broadcasted on 3rd May, it is apparent the vast majority of fans with a vote will approve the takeover. The article is not about my or anyone else’s views on whether the takeover is the right decision or not. That has been exhausted by others in the media and across social media channels.

I take no credit or discredit whatsoever for what has been published in the listed articles. I just want those who have not had the chance or time to trawl the internet and various social media channels to read and assess the majority of information that’s out there for themselves.It is up to you, as the reader, to review relevant articles and make your own conclusions on the information portrayed.All information is in the public domain (and still was at the point of writing).

Here is the actual Proposal/Offer from the Tornante Group (PDF) which was released on 29th May after the pack was sent out to shareholders.

Here is the link to the Portsmouth Supporters Trust News page where you can read official PST statements related to the bid/offer.

5th May 2017 Pompey Talk: Eisner presentation and Cheltenham preview
Source: The Portsmouth News website – internal discussion on video
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/pompey-talk-eisner-presentation-and-cheltenham-preview-1-7949265

5th May 2017 Pompey Supporters Trust members react after meeting Michael Eisner
Source: The Portsmouth News – article by Neil Allen
Pompey Supporters Trust members had split opinions on Michael Eisner’s potential takeover
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/pompey-supporters-trust-members-react-after-meeting-michael-eisner-1-7947979

5th May 2017 Eisner vision for Pompey Academy excites Harris</em
Source: The Portsmouth News – article by Will Rooney
Mikey Harris is relishing a potential chance of working with Michael Eisner to develop Pompey’s Academy.
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/eisner-vision-for-pompey-academy-excites-harris-1-7949139

4th May 2017 Michael Eisner addresses the Pompey Trust shareholders
Source: BBC Sport / BBC Radio Solent – audio recording
Audio transcript from the Michael Eisner/Tornante presentation to the shareholders at Portsmouth Guildhall
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p051z3sn

4th May 2017 Eisner: I only want to do this if the majority of fans back me
Source: The Portsmouth News – transcript of key quotes from Michael Eisner/Tornante plus video footage of the Q&A at the Portsmouth Guildhall
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/i-only-want-to-do-this-if-the-majority-of-fans-back-me-1-7947261

4th May 2017 Cook: We should welcome Eisner’s Pompey bid
Source: Portsmouth News – article by Jordan Cross
Paul Cook believes Michael Eisner should be welcomed with open arms.
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/cook-we-should-welcome-eisner-s-pompey-bid-1-7946787

4th May 2017 Eisner: The £10m won’t go far – but I’m at Pompey for long haul
Source: Portsmouth News – article by Jordan Cross
Michael Eisner believes the £10m he plans to sink into Pompey will soon be swallowed up
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/eisner-the-10m-won-t-go-far-but-i-m-at-pompey-for-long-haul-1-7945098

4th May 2017 My thoughts on Tornante and Mr Eisner
Source: Article by Scott Maclachlan (PST Board member)
Insights on the takeover negotiations and views on the potential new suitors
Link: https://frattonmush.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/my-thoughts-on-tornante-and-mr-eisner

3rd May 2017 Eisner: I’d be mighty stupid to separate Pompey’s home
Source: Article by Neil Allen in the Portsmouth News
Michael Eisner states he would be ‘mighty stupid’ to separate Fratton Park as an asset from Pompey.
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/eisner-i-d-be-mighty-stupid-to-separate-pompey-s-home-1-7944915

3rd May 2017 “Michael Eisner BBC Sport / Radio Solent Interview”
Source: BBC Sport / BBC Radio Solent – radio and television interview with Michael Eisner
Michael Eisner answers questions about his reasons and intentions for Portsmouth Football Club
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39796079

3rd May 2017 Express FM Football Hour including an interview with Michael Eisner
Source: Express FM – radio interview with Michael Eisner by Niall McCaughan
Michael Eisner answers questions about his reasons and intentions for Portsmouth Football Club
Link: >https://ww w.mixcloud.com/expressfm/football-hour-special-niall-mccaughan-meets-michael-eisner-wednesday-3rd-may-2017/

3rd May 2017 Eisner speaks over Pompey manager’s future
Source: Portsmouth News – article by Jordan Cross
Michael Eisner pledges his support for Paul Cook and hints at additional funds for the Pompey boss
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/eisner-speaks-over-pompey-manager-s-future-1-7944863

3rd May 2017 For whom the chimes toll
Source: THE UGLY GAME – article/blog by ????
Thought-provoking article that looks into the realism and Pros/Cons of a difficult decision to be made by PFC fans
Link: https://theuglygame.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/for-whom-the-chimes-toll-what-portsmouths-sale-tells-us-about-the-limits-of-fan-ownership/

3rd May 2017 Portsmouth FC: Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one
Source: The False Nine – article/blog by Pompey fan Richard Holledge
A more cynical look at the previous failures of wealthy suitors
Link: http://www.thefalsenine.co.uk/2017/05/03/portsmouth-fc-sometimes-the-right-path-is-not-the-easiest-one/

3rd May 2017 Reality Cheques
Source: article/blog by Pompey fan Micah Hall
A no holds-barred and forthcoming article iterating why the fans have to vote Yes to a takeover
Link: https://micahhall.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/reality-cheques/

3rd May 2017 Portsmouth fans divided as D-day looms over Michael Eisner takeover
Source: The Guardian – article by David Conn
Link: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/03/portsmouth-fans-michael-eisner-takeover-vote

3rd May 2017 Eisner: Pompey future income relies on badge change
Source: The Portsouth News – article by Neil Allen
How and why Eisner plans to protect the club crest
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/eisner-pompey-future-income-relies-on-badge-change-1-7945085

3rd May 2017 Eisner: Pompey future income relies on badge change
Source: The Portsouth News – article by Neil Allen
How and why Eisner plans to protect the club crest
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/eisner-pompey-future-income-relies-on-badge-change-1-7945085

2nd May 2017 Pompey president declares Eisner takeover stance
Source: The Portsmouth News – article by Neil Allen
Portsmouth FC president Peter Lee outlines why he thinks the fans should vote in favour of Eisner
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/pompey-president-declares-eisner-takeover-stance-1-7942256

2nd May 2017 Pompey Supporters Trust urge fans to make informed choice on takeover
Source: BBC Sport website (transcript)
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39781364

2nd May 2017 Former Disney boss Eisner ready to sprinkle stardust on Pompey revival
Source: INSIDE World Football – article/blog by Paul Nicholson
Short article that takes in some of the facts stated in the takeover information pack
Link: http://www.insideworldfootball.com/2017/05/02/former-disney-boss-eisner-ready-sprinkle-stardust-pompey-revival/

2nd May 2017 Whatever, can we stay united?
Source: Vital Pompey – blog
Some personal views on the takeover as it stood at that point
Link: http://www.portsmouth.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=580899

1st May 2017 The club clarify the stadium situation
Source: Portsmouth FC website
A fairly detailed article on the plans and potential costs to keep Fratton Park safe and close to the current matchday capacity
Link: http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/portsmouth-football-club-statement-about-fratton-park-3700883.aspx

1st May 2017 Brown dismisses Pompey conflict of interest
Source: The Porstmouth News – article by Neil Allen
Ashley Brown (PST Chairman) explains why his recent rhetoric on the takeover should not be considered a ‘conflict of interest’
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/brown-dismisses-pompey-conflict-of-interest-1-7940814

1st May 2017 Pompey issue Fratton Park warning
Source: The Porstmouth News – article by Neil Allen
The Portsmouth News reports on the investment needs to keep Fratton Park fully operational
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/pompey-issue-fratton-park-warning-1-7940853

1st May 2017 Portsmouth need £4.1m to avoid closure of Fratton Park
Source: Sky Sports News website
Sky reports on the published club information regarding the financial needs to keep Fratton Park fully operational
Link: http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11674/10859452/portsmouth-need-4-1m-to-avoid-closure-of-fratton-park

1st May 2017 Portsmouth could be forced to reduce Fratton Park capacity over safety concerns
Source: ClubCall – article/blog
A short article on the problems facing Portsmouth regarding ground safety
Link: https://www.clubcall.com/portsmouth/portsmouth-could-be-forced-to-reduce-fratton-park-capacity-o-1850252.html

29th April 2017 Delving into the facts behind Eisner’s Pompey bid
Source: The Porstmouth News – article by Neil Allen
More detail about the proposal and detail in the information pack sent to shareholders
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/delving-into-the-facts-behind-eisner-s-pompey-bid-1-7938176

29th April 2017 Fan underwhelmed with Eisner’s bid to takeover Pompey
Source: The Porstmouth News – article by Neil Allen
Life-long Pompey fan Jason Ricketts states he is underwhelmed by the takeover bid put forward by Michael Eisner/Tornante
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/fan-underwhelmed-with-eisner-s-bid-to-takeover-pompey-1-7939475

28th April 2017 Mark Catlin’s monthly update
Source: Portsmouth FC website – interview with Johnny Moore
Link: http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/pompey-chief-executive-mark-catlin-answers-questions-from-fans-3696851.aspx

25th April 2017 Al Fahim’s disastrous fan mistake for Eisner to heed
Source: The Porstmouth News – article by Neil Allen
Link: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/al-fahim-s-disastrous-fan-mistake-for-eisner-to-heed-1-7883025

Phil Miles – Profile

I am a freelance writer, author* and photographer with a passion for football and Portsmouth Football Club. I cannot pretend I am one of the elite fans who go to the majority of matches, home and away, but I have watched and supported Pompey on 800+ occasions since 1978, visiting more than 55 grounds along the way.

*I published a football-related book, Passion United, in September 2012. Written for fans, by a fan.

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