The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

RE­MEM­BER Jerry Sher­man? New­port fans do. He was the Amer­i­can shys­ter who bought the club in 1986 promis­ing to build a brand new sta­dium.

No­body re­alised that he was a con­man with a string of failed busi­nesses. Hav­ing failed to pay wages, Sher­man over­saw rel­e­ga­tion to the Con­fer­ence and, even­tu­ally, the liq­ui­da­tion of the club. Then there’s Terry Smith, the Glazer fam­ily, Randy Lerner, Tom Hicks and Ge­orge Gillett. Given the track record of Amer­i­can own­ers, it’s not hard to see why Portsmouth are eye­ing the po­ten­tial takeover of exDis­ney CEO Michael Eis­ner with se­ri­ous caution.

What­ever hap­pens in the com­ing weeks, it is cru­cial that the Pompey Sup­port­ers Trust – who cur­rently own 48 per cent of the club – re­tain a sig­nif­i­cant share­hold­ing.

They are the ones who res­cued the club from death’s door. They are the ones who re­built from scratch. They must be granted a mean­ing­ful say in how the club is run, with no re­duc­tion in the three rep­re­sen­ta­tives cur­rently on the board.

Eis­ner, 75, will hold a meet­ing with fans and share­hold­ers on May 4 in a bid to smooth any wor­ries. But talk is cheap. The PST must en­sure their place at the heart of Pompey is legally bind­ing – or run a mile.

BID: Michael Eis­ner

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