Date: 28th October 2008 at 12:29pm
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Yet another false dawn, or could we be inline for a cash injection – and more importantly get that much coveted new stadium…

An ‘exclusive’ by Alan Nixon in today’s Mirror claims that deals with two of this countries major supermarkets will see us receive a cash injection and are at advanced stages? There have been all sorts of rumours regarding potential takeovers/investment in recent weeks and I have heard several, as have others… I heard some mutterings at the weekend that Peter Storrie was close to securing a deal that would happen in the coming week – but then again we have heard that before!

It is ‘said’ that Asda will buy Fratton Park, with this deal at an advanced stage, with supermarket giants Tesco and Sainsbury’s in a battle to build a store at our proposed new home, which will raise more much needed funds to finally give us a new home – some that is desperately needed to help offset outings that we have, although filling this will be something that we would need!

If this came off you could kill two birds with one stone, the blokes going could drop the missus at the supermarket before the game, let her shop and pick her up after football 🙂 Of course the blokes not into football could do the shopping while the missus watches football…

Do I know if there is any basis to the Mirrors ‘exclusive’, do I know if it really will happen and do I believe it?

To be honest I do not have a clue, all I can say is I hope that there is basis to it as it is something that we need – even if it did not happen immediately, if we at least have contracts in place by the end of the year this would mean we would be in that position to spurn advances for players…

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Maybe there is more truth to this exclusive as Peter Storrie has spoken to The News today to say that supermarkets would be a key part of the plan…

‘Originally the plan was to combine the new stadium with residential development. That, however, was before the credit crunch. So we’ve changed it and now have a model that includes supermarkets, other shops and a hotel. In the current situation the banks find it much more palatable.’

Spokesman Gary Double added: ‘There is no doubt the housing market is not as buoyant as it was and that is why we are including the retail element in the scheme.’

He also insisted that the plans remain on course for us to be in our Horsea Island home for 2011: ‘this will have absolutely no impact whatsoever. Everything is still continuing as it was and we are still on schedule for it to be ready in 2011.’

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Just another note, the training ground plans are still ‘said’ to be still very much on – with more news maybe coming out this week…

Please lets see these things happen, we could really do with it!

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