Date: 10th May 2011 at 9:53am
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The CSI Russian takeover has been ‘on and off’ like so many before this.

At this point in time it ‘seems’ on again, when it was ‘claimed’ to be all but off a week or so back, clearly some brinkmanship issues were being used.

‘Mid-May’ – yes I know we have heard this, that and the other date mentioned – has continued to be the most vocal ‘word on the street’ timescale mentioned so we are soon approaching this…

If this proves the case this gives us a decent starting point to begin the rebuilding process at PFC, on the squad side of things for sure.

Although, as he told Sports.ru, this will be done in ‘the right way’ according to Vladimir Antonov: ‘our business plan has been approved by the Football League.

‘Yes, it implies the improvement of the team’s squad and the reconstruction of the stadium, which will demand certain investments, but they won’t be sky-high. Moreover, next year the Fair Play regulations will come into effect in England, prohibiting the clubs from spending more than they earn.

‘In sports you can spend billions and remain without Premier League promotion or you can invest much less money, but make it in a right way and be very successful.’

This is an approach that I would very much welcome!

It would be possible to rebuild this squad without ploughing millions and millions into it, which would clearly come at a price to PFC.

We, well I, have had enough ‘speculating to accumulate’ for the time being and an incorrect level of this, which I would argue would have been the case in January anyway, will ‘probably’ mean the end of PFC next time, because there will not be a ‘next time’ if we get into serious trouble again, because that will be that…

Any takeover, should it go through – as it now ‘seems’ it will – is going to be purely on a ‘strictly business’ approach: ‘it is strictly business. For entertainment, I could buy a season ticket not the whole of the club.’

Quite how realistic is could be for Antonov and his crew to ‘turn a profit’ remains to be seen mind?

Yet given the riches in football, and some other clubs showing that if you go about things in the right way then you can run a football club successfully, it is not impossible even for PFC.

Oh, how I long for us to be one of those that does run a club in the right way, a way that ensures that you do have a decent and sustainable long-term future ahead of you – although such things take time, so time and patience is something that people will need to have both as fans and owners, unfortunately this is not something you see much of in football these days from both sides really…

Talk of a new stadium, or developing Fratton, is something that will, and should, remain nothing but talk for the foreseeable future – and I suspect it will do, at least a new stadium, because I have heard this all my life – but some of the talk being spoken, whilst maybe not something that seems entirely possible, is still good to hear in many ways.

Words are words though, the actually actions that follow – should CSI gain control of PFC – is what we want to see! If they can work along the lines of what Antonov has said then this is something that I like the sound of.

Can Vladimir Antonov, and co, operate PFC on a ‘strictly business’ basis?

Well time will tell, but he is certainly talking a good talk so ‘if’ CSI do indeed takeover lets hope that they also walk a good walk…

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