The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ge­orge Hal­lam

NEW Portsmouth owner Michael Eis­ner be­lieves the fairy­tale end­ing to last sea­son helped sway his de­ci­sion to buy the south coast club.

Eis­ner and his son Eric at­tended Frat­ton Park on the fi­nal day of the sea­son as Pom­pey were made to wait un­til af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle of their 6-1 maul­ing of Chel­tenham be­fore pro­mo­tion could be con­firmed.

Eis­ner and his son were par­tic­u­larly drawn to the sup­port for the League Two cham­pi­ons when de­cid­ing to pur­chase the club.

He said: “My fam­ily and I are thrilled to take on this in­cred­i­ble re­spon­si­bil­ity as stew­ards of a foot­ball club with such a rich her­itage.

“We have come to know the Pom­pey com­mu­nity in re­cent months and we are ex­tremely impressed by their pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion and love for their club.”

Eric Eis­ner added: “The foot­ball club wouldn’t be here to­day if it wasn’t for the against-the-odds com­mit­ment of Pom­pey sup­port­ers, who came to­gether and saved this club. This is, and will al­ways be, your team.”

Fans will hope the run­ning of the club will match the rhetoric from the Eis­ners, af­ter a re­mark­able de­cline in for­tunes since lift­ing the FA Cup in 2008.

The 75-year-old Amer­i­can busi­ness­man was the chair­man and CEO of the Walt Dis­ney Cor­po­ra­tion from 1984-2005 and has vowed the club will be run in a dis­pas­sion­ate way.

“I am ad­vo­cat­ing in­tel­li­gent man­age­ment, that’s all – and par­tic­u­larly in­tel­li­gent own­er­ship,” the busi­ness­man re­vealed.

“Don’t do stupid things which you see hap­pen­ing, not just in English foot­ball but ev­ery­where be­cause an owner’s iden­tity is with win­ning. It is all about who they are.

“I’ve had enough suc­cess, I don’t want to be a loser, but I don’t have to throw every­thing at be­ing a win­ner.”

UP­BEAT: Michael Eis­ner


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