Dan Brett takes a pro view of Balram Chainrai – read on for more.
With the appeal date for the CVA set for Thursday, much talk has become of Balram Chainrai’s plans to buy the club himself.
Ever-present businessman Rob Lloyd has thus far failed to reach an agreement between his consortium and the administrators, leaving Chainrai in prime position to take control of the South Coast side.
This move has sent shockwaves amongst the Fratton Faithful, splitting the views of those who have been one of the only driving forces for the club in the past twelve months, at times when the support of the fans was largely unreciprocated by the Portsmouth board and on-pitch results.
What I feel fans’ have to bare in mind however, is that Chainrai is very much our only option of keeping this club alive. Although I agree with the sentiments of SOS Pompey, if the only way the club is going to live is through Chainrai’s funding, then so be it.
He’s a businessmen, and in the modern day I’ll bet that 99% of those involved in owning and running a number of businesses have had their names dragged through the mud, something we’ve seen at a number of clubs as well as our own.
What we have to gain perspective of is the fact that no matter who comes in to own the club, whether it be Chainrai or another, is that they’ll have their own motives for the future of the side. We saw Gaydamak, when he came in, as someone who was going to change the club’s fortunes, but it soon became evident that he was interested in the property side, because that’s his line of business.
I’ve heard a lot of talk about Chainrai being in it ‘only to re-coup’ his money, and I wouldn’t blame him at all for wanting to do this – end of the day, he’s kept us alive the last few months with running costs, so we owe him. Big time.
Of course as I said, Chainrai’s no idiot. If he can spend money keeping the club alive and getting it past the CVA and appeal stages, he can make his money back, and I don’t blame him now for wanting to take the club on himself, as if he can get us back into the Premier League, we’re a much more worthwhile acquisition for prospective buyers – but we still have a club to support, regardless of your views? I’m happy with that.
We’re all entitled to our views on the subject, and this isn’t me trying to convince anyone otherwise of their own beliefs, but I just think it’s time we gave Balram a bit more credit for the job he’s already done, as well as what he’s trying to achieve in whatever time capacity that he’s here.
Written by Dan Brett.
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