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Wed 15 Jul 2009 11:09 AM

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EXCLUSIVE: Portsmouth deal to be sealed on July 24

Sulaiman Al Fahim said to be meeting club tomorrow, Hart named as manager.

Sulaiman Al Fahim’s takeover of Portsmouth Football Club will be completed on Friday July 24, with the UAE tycoon flying to London tonight to finalise the deal with the club’s current owners.

Confidential documents seen by Arabian Business show that Dr Al Fahim, who launched his bid for the Premier League club on May 27, has now agreed terms with the club. He will meet with club boss Peter Storrie Thursday evening in London, with the takeover likely to be officially announced on July 24, after the Premier League has completed its “Fit and Proper” persons test.

According to a 48 page document entitled “Portsmouth: The New Era”, it is also understood that current manager Paul Hart will be kept in charge of the club. “Mr Hart understands this club better than anyone coming in from the outside and deserves the opportunity to take it forward,” the document says.

It also details Dr Al Fahim’s schedule for the coming months, saying the new owner “envisages attending every home game between August 15 and the end of 2009”, and will host “Fans Sessions” on Friday evenings before home games.

“As we move forward, the importance of Portsmouth fans, and their views on the future direction of the club, cannot be underestimated. We must have a constant dialogue with them, and begin this process from Day One.”

Dr Al Fahim himself meanwhile, according to sources close to him, is already working on detailed plans for the coming season.

“Put it this way, he will be on a plane for seven hours tonight and studying team sheets rather than accounts. We have moved to the next phase, which is preparing for the season ahead,” says the source.

Dr Al Fahim will be travelling with his family to London, and stay in the UK capital for several days. “It’s a mini family holiday, but that way he will be around if the Premier League need to see him,” adds the source.

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Anton 11 years ago

So glad to finally have a date for this takeover to be completed. I am really pleased at the Doctors interest in the club and respect for the fans. Let the good times roll!

Original Joe 11 years ago

I am surprised this is taking so long (I guess I shouldn't be when I look at the lack of progress with Hydra Village construction). If Portsmouth does not get busy signing players in the transfer market they could be fighting relegation from day 1. Portsmouth has already wasted a lot of time while other teams have been out there making deals. Has Dr. Al Fahim made any announcements regarding the amount of funds he will make available to obtain players in the transfer market?

Doubting Thomas 11 years ago

This guy proved he wasn't fit for purpose in the property business, so how can the rednecks of Portsmouth trust him with their family jewels? "Dr" Al Fahim has good friends in the media, some of them much too good, because there is a distinct lack of any probing questions, like, whose money is he using now?

Matt Wilkie 11 years ago

I just cannot believe Mr Al Fahim is going to ignore the REAL football fans and keep Paul Hart as manager! Paul Hart is NOT a Premier League manager and, although he kept us up last season, it was possibly the worst football I have ever had the unfortunate pleasure of witnessing. This is not a "New Era", but one of the same old rubbish us REAL fans have had to endure for years! I have just cancelled my season ticket on the basis that I begrudge being lied too and have purchased my season ticket for another season under false promises - I can't stomach anymore of this and paying for the privilege (Half my monthly wages in this current recession!). I vowed that I would not re-new my season ticket if Paul Hart were to remain as manager next season, therefore I missed the early bird option. These aren’t good times, these are very sad times for a club that had the chance of becoming a real force, but were let down by an owner who quickly lost interest in his new toy once he won the FA cup! I fear for my clubs future.......................R.I.P - PORTSMOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB!

paul 11 years ago

I told the skate army when this guy took over that he came with a track record of failure. Hopefully Saints new swiss billionaire owner (that's billionaire, not millionaire!) is going to do better.

Original Joe 11 years ago

AB, you posted a comment that was quite negative (but probably true) about the fact that AB always gives Dr. Fahim positive press, but now I see it has been removed....why? I am probably not the only one who read the comment and sees that it has been removed. By removing the comment you have proven the comment's point. I challenge you to put it back....

Baz 11 years ago

The writer of this article, Anil Bhoyrul, has just given an interview on www.portsmouth.co.uk stating he is a good friend of Mr Al Fahim's. This explains all the positive press he receives on Arabian Business when quite frankly he has not achieved anything tangible. Come one Arabian Business you can do better than this.

paul 11 years ago

I have to agree, removing the post because it is critical of AB's role as Al Fahim cheerleaders is out of line. The basic point of the point was sound. AB's reporting when it comes to Al Fahim smacks of PR shenanigans and it seems reasonable to assume there is some quid pro quo going on. For AB to remove comments that highlight this suggests a sensitivity about the issue. Maybe AB should come clean and state what their arrangement with Al Fahim is?

Peter Walsh 11 years ago

Speaking as a life-long Portsmouth fan, I have to entreat Dr. Sulaiman Al-Fahim to try to intervene to prevent the club from selling its best players. We have lost four world-class players during the last ten months - Jermain Defoe, Sully Muntari, Lassana Diarra, and Glen Johnson. We are now in the process of selling Peter Crouch - and may be also about to sell Sylvain Distin. We also look likely to lose Sol Campbell. Other less able players have also gone. At the moment, if the two sales go ahead, the heart will have been ripped out of the side - and any new owner would need to quickly buy in replacements. We are getting close to the start of the new season, and new players would need to be "bedded" in very soon. Dr. Sulaiman will inevitably have plans to rejuvenate the club - and he will be made very welcome by the fans and people of Portsmouth. But there is an immediate problem and, if possible, an intervention by Dr. Sulaiman would reassure the Pompey fans, who unsurprisingly are very concerned at the position of the club currently. Dr. Sulaiman, please do whatever you can to stop any more sales taking place!

Christian Ford 11 years ago

You lot have not got clue about AL FAHIM. He is a Multi Billionaire and will take us even higher then the scummers because the scummers owner wont spend much money. you will see us spend money but most the players we have got rid of arent that good anyway and we will sign better players and you lot who write the negative comments joined the band wagon when we got to the PremierLeague. This guy means business.