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Il Porstmouth FC conferma le voci circolate nelle ultime settimane dell'interesse dell'ex CEO della Disney, Michael D. Eisner, con la sua Tornante Group, per una trattativa di acquisizione del club e annuncia la sigla di un accordo di trattativa esclusiva, che durerà settanta giorni, in cui verrà effettuata la due diligence sui conti della società inglese e il club raccoglierà informazioni sul proponente americano.

Nessun accordo sulla cessione, nè dettagli sull'entità del coinvolgimento di Eisner, il club in un lungo comunicato ha messo in luce i principali aspetti e i passaggi dello stato iniziale della trattativa, sottolineando l'impegno e la volontà a scegliere nel migliore interesse della società, in particolare sulle prospettive di lungo periodo. Una volta conosciuta la reale consistenza della proposta sarà sottoposta al voto dei Presidents e del Pompey Supporters Trust, maggiore azionista con il 48,5% del Portsmouth FC.

Dopo il grande impegno nel salvataggio(qui dettagli e Video) e la rinascita nel cuore della propria comunità( Qui 'Porstmouth FC, il Community Club salvato dai propri tifosi') i 16.000 di media del Fratton Park in League Two iniziano a stuzzicare l'interesse degli investitori, i Pompeys saranno chiamati ad una importante scelta. Eisner in passato si era interessato anche al Reading, sarà il solito businessman in cerca di affari?
Update from the Board of Directors

Portsmouth Community Football Club would like to advise all shareholders and supporters that it has entered into an Exclusivity Agreement with Michael D. Eisner and his Tornante Group to allow for a period of discussions and negotiations to take place regarding a possible purchase of the club.

The agreement is simply to ensure that during this period, which will be 70 days, the club will not engage in discussions with any other potential bidder and is standard practice in these situations.

We thought it best to explain this in a Q&A format, that we hope our fans will find useful:

Q: Is this a done deal then?

A: No, it is not. Put simply, this now enables the club to exclusively enter into a period of negotiation and due diligence with Mr Eisner and his Tornante Group to establish the detailed terms he proposes.

Q: Due diligence – what does that entail?

A: Mr Eisner and Tornante will be reviewing our business and financial information, and equally we will be checking out their own respective financial and business credentials.

Q: What form will the negotiations take?

A: The Board and Mr Eisner will look to negotiate the terms of what would effectively be the best and final offer they wish to make for the club; at which point we will advise all shareholders – both Presidents and those with the PST – on the terms of the offer. Shareholders will then be asked by the club and the PST to vote to either accept or reject the offer.

Q: Who will be leading the negotiations?

A: The Board have retained Trevor Birch to advise them during the negotiating process and he will liaise with all of the stakeholders in the club. Trevor is a managing director of global corporate advisory firm Duff and Phelps, and has unique experience of dealing not only with potential investors at a variety of clubs, but also possesses an insight specifically into PCFC, its community ethos and intricacies of the current fan ownership model.

Q: Will there be an opportunity for Mr Eisner to explain in person his vision and plans for the club’s future to shareholders?

A: Yes, the intention would be for Mr Eisner to explain his future strategy and plans for the club to all shareholders.

As all our supporters are aware, on the pitch we now enter the final, crucial phase of the season.

We can assure all fans that in the background we will now discreetly and privately engage in this next stage of discussions, while our focus will remain on supporting the football staff and players until the end of the season. 

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