Chainrai withdraws Pompey bid

League One club now in danger of liquidation

Balu Chainrai: Former owner has withdrawn his bid to buy League One club Portsmouth

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Balu Chainrai has confirmed he is withdrawing his bid to buy Portsmouth to leave the troubled League One club in danger of liquidation.

Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch has spent the past few weeks desperately trying to offload first-team players from the club's wage bill in order to push through a sale of the club.

Birch had succeeded in that aim, but Chainrai will not be pushing ahead with a takeover after citing a number of reasons for withdrawing his interest.

Chainrai released a statement to Sky Sports News which read: "Portpin Ltd regrets to announce that it is withdrawing its bid for Portsmouth Football Club.

Safety net

"Unfortunately, our efforts to save the club once more from extinction have hit a wall of rejection and lacking co-operation from the administrator and other interested parties.

"Unfortunately, our efforts to save the club once more from extinction have hit a wall of rejection and lacking co-operation from the administrator and other interested parties."

Balu Chainrai

Quotes of the week

"We are not the ones who have caused the club to collapse and we are not the ones to choose PKF as administrators .

"As history has recorded, we sold the club over a year ago after saving it from liquidation and unfortunately found ourselves again fighting to try and save the club from another liquidation.

"Through this administration process over the last six months we have always had the club's best interest in mind - unlike many parties who were involved in the process.

"We repeatedly encouraged the administrator to find a new, willing and able buyer to take over the club - unfortunately he was unsuccessful in this job and couldn't find a buyer despite his promises!!

"Later he approached us to be his safety net to save the club as he couldn't find a buyer. We agreed in the effort to avoid liquidation of the club.

Lack of support

"At this moment in time, we feel that: 

- the negative criticism and lack of support for our takeover by the fans of this club.

- the fact that the administrators do not want to compromise on their unrealistic fees.

- the fact that suddenly the club has received additional huge football creditors' claims from former players and management such as Hughes, Brown, Kanu, and Lampitt and more.

- the fact that all the money from the parachute payment which were supposed to carry the club for the next two seasons was spent and committed by the administrator on players' compromises and fees : total £12million.

- the fact that the Football League has decided to deduct 10 points for no reasonable reason and by its decisions didn't show any willingness to help in saving this troubled club.

- the fact that the supporters' trust which we met and we voiced our support for their takeover bid could not raise the funds to satisfy the administrator or the Football League and the loan that was promised them by the council had unrealistic terms.

- the fact that the club did not get any  real support from any official they were all very good at creating headlines.

- and finally the last straw yesterday afternoon the manager told the press before the season starts that he is sure of another relegation. 

"All of these facts have left us in a position that we no longer want to fight this battle, we have zero support to save the club therefore we formally withdraw our bid and our honest attempt at saving the club. We will sleep well knowing we did our utmost to save the club. 

"We welcome and will assist anyone, including the supporters trust to try and save the club in the coming days."