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PORTSMOUTH have a new owner in Michael Eis­ner – and the former Dis­ney chief ex­ec­u­tive is mak­ing all the right noises. “My fam­ily and I are thrilled to take on this in­cred­i­ble re­spon­si­bil­ity as stew­ards of a foot­ball club with such a rich her­itage,” said the 75-year-old Amer­i­can (inset), who will now form a ‘her­itage board’ to pro­tect the club’s name, badge and colours. But wouldn’t a grander ges­ture have been to find a place for the Pom­pey Sup­port­ers’ Trust on his board? As it stands, all four PST mem­bers will be – will­ingly – re­moved from post. Yet th­ese are the very peo­ple who saved the club from ex­tinc­tion in 2013. Yes, Portsmouth need fresh in­vest­ment. And there is no sug­ges­tion that Eis­ner’s reign will be any­thing but a fairy­tale. But surely the most ef­fec­tive way to safe­guard a club’s fu­ture is to put those who trea­sure it most in the midst of the de­ci­sion­mak­ing process.

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