Date: 9th January 2010 at 1:34pm
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Well we wanted somebody to speak and they have spoken.

Yep, for whatever reason (The Sacha interview, the planned protests or just because it is time) Mark Jacob has spoken to The News

Rather than present you with sound bites and editorial opinion, I thought it best to publish the interview as it was heard.

Have a read and post your thoughts and comments below



What measures are in place to solve the debt problems that will arise in January?
We have to look at phases and stages – at short-term, medium-term and long-term.

Quite clearly, the short-term position is we are currently in January, things have been stabilised, we have got this far, we cannot let things slip.

I would like to think there will be some long-term funding in place to alleviate the need for this short-termism.

We would be more than delighted if there was going to be additional investment, it is something we would need to discuss.

I’m not saying it’s needed, but of course anything brought to the table for the benefit of the club must be considered.

We are in the process of trying to secure some funding arrangements and if that’s in place people will be more confident in the club going forward as a whole.

And once the club has survived relegation and we have a successful summer period, then we can look at phase two, which is the medium-term.

What measures are in place to guarantee the long-term survival and success of Portsmouth Football Club?
I am absolutely confident in the long-term survival of Portsmouth Football Club from the measures that we’ve had in place since the beginning of October.

The club cannot continue to live beyond its means and continue with certain excesses.

We have to be realistic. The club may have lived its dream via winning the FA Cup – but we don’t want to go down the same road other clubs have been down where you have this short-termism and shot of adrenaline.

What happens at the other end? Suddenly it’s payback and perhaps the club is now suffering from certain short-term excesses.
What we need to do is secure the long-term stability and long-term future of the club.

Who owes money to Sacha Gaydamak?
The issues with regards to the previous but one owner are in dispute.
Unlike other people, I would rather not comment on it in a public forum.

Why has the owner Ali Al Faraj not appeared at any game or made any direct communication with fans or media?
Mr Ali Al Faraj is a football fan, absolutely, and I have been trying to convince him to come to matches.

Quite clearly when you look out of the window now, why should he leave sunny Saudi Arabia to come to frosty Portsmouth?!

Seriously, though, he is in Saudi and heavily involved in various business projects, but his brother, Ahmed, has been to most of the home games and some away ones, too.

If you see him in the directors’ box, Ahmed now knows what the offside rule is.

Ali’s English is not very good, though, and sometimes things have to be interpreted through his brother.

He does watch matches on the internet – but I am confident and hopeful he will be coming to matches very soon.

What role is Daniel Azougy playing at Pompey?
Daniel is not a financial director of the club, he has been appointed on a short-term contract.

His role is to review contracts, to review club finances and advise the board, to advise the owner in financing aspects to do with the club, and to also advise with regard to negotiations in existing contracts and future contracts.

We anticipate it will be short-term arrangement.

I cannot change his background, nor can he, but I can assure fans he is working around the clock for the good of PFC, not for the good of anyone else.

I can totally understand fans’ concerns over his convictions, but if someone makes a mistake in the past should they be chastised for that for the rest of their life?

There are enough people in the world of finance and big business who have a chequered history or past.

If someone has committed a crime and been found guilty of that crime then they do their time


Being pro Jacobs from the start I am deliberately keeping my personal thoughts to the comments section, but even the most ‘anti-board` supporter must admit this is a step in the right direction. It is communication if nothing else.

So what do you think .. Good? Bad? Indifferent?

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