The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL - By Char­lie Peat

MICHAEL Eis­ner’s pro­posed takeover of Portsmouth should be wel­comed with open arms, ac­cord­ing to Pom­pey boss Paul Cook.

The Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire is pre­par­ing to make a move for the League Onebound club and Cook has praised those who have helped put to­gether a po­ten­tial deal.

The Blues man­ager met the for­mer Dis­ney chief ex­ec­u­tive on Thurs­day, ahead of Eis­ner’s meet­ing with the Pom­pey Sup­port­ers’ Trust (PST) share­hold­ers, and Cook praised the Amer­i­can’s cre­den­tials.

The 50-year-old said: “He’s been over here for a cou­ple of days now. He’s met with the press and is speak­ing to the sup­port­ers.

“He seems a very good man, that’s the truth. Mr Eis­ner has been a very suc­cess­ful man in what he’s done.

“I think it’s a great credit to Portsmouth, the city and the foot­ball team that a per­son of his in­flu­ence is over here look­ing at us with a view to pos­si­bly tak­ing over.

“I think there is a lot of talk­ing to be done. But, if it’s the right thing for the foot­ball club, I think we should wel­come him with open arms.”

Fol­low­ing a chat with the po­ten­tial owner, the Pom­pey boss said he was im­pressed with Eis­ner’s foot­ball knowl­edge.

“I’m a foot­ball per­son, so the first thing you do when you speak to some­one is check out his knowl­edge of the game,” Cook said.

“Mr Eis­ner was very knowl­edge­able, par­tic­u­larly on Portsmouth.”

Cook also gave credit to the PST, pres­i­dents and ex­ec­u­tive board, who he be­lieves de­serve huge credit for sav­ing the club.

He said: “Our sup­port­ers and the peo­ple who saved the club have put us in a po­si­tion we’re in to­day.

“For me, ev­ery­thing looks good, and, if it’s the cor­rect thing for the foot­ball club, so be it.”

SUP­PORT: Paul Cook

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