A year ago today, former Walt Disney chief executive and billionaire Michael Eisner took over League One side Portsmouth.
A likeable, friendly man is Eisner but numerous Pompey supporters are beginning to become a little frustrated after losing out on key deals this transfer window.
Pompey have missed out on signing players such as new striker Mohammed Eisa and Newcastle attacking midfielder Sean Longstaff due to each club not agreeing on a fee.
Manager Kenny Jackett says no new signings will be taking place over the next few days.
Pompey operate on a ‘one in one out policy’, which many are surprised about seeing that the owner has plenty of money that he could heavily invest into the squad and therefore give Pompey a better chance at promotion back into the Championship.
They were looking to offload fan favourite striker Conor Chaplin to Coventry but are now looking set to keep him after missing out on any suitable upgrade.
Eisner’s takeover was greeted with open arms by Pompey fans, as supporters chanted ‘We’re Portsmouth city we’re gonna be rich’. However, a year on from the takeover and Pompey fans are yet to see any big names come in to Fratton Park.
Portsmouth did do a lot of their business early on signing four free out of contract players; Lee Brown, Craig MacGillivray, Louis Dennis and Tom Naylor, while also buying Anton Walkes and Ronan Curtis for undisclosed fees.
Nevertheless, Pompey are still short in certain areas with players forced to play out of position, such as full back Brandon Haunstrup looking set to play as a winger and Ronan Curtis set to play up front this season.
Sympathy for Eisner:
In the American’s defence a lot of money has been invested in the stands rather than the players. Fratton Park is a historic but ageing stadium, therefore has forced Eisner to spend a lot of money on it, to keep it safe and at EFL standard.
Also, Pompey’s squad does look good, especially with them fighting off interest from Premier League clubs to keep starman Matt Clarke, which is a statement that they won’t be selling any of the clubs best players.
Pompey have a great balance of youth and experience in their side and while the squad size isn’t the deepest, it’s on paper one of the best in the division and therefore should compete for promotion this upcoming season.
If Portsmouth go up this season, no fan can complain about the lack of money being spent on the team but if they don’t achieve promotion then fans will surely turn their attention to Eisner to ask why more money wasn’t spent on the squad, at the start of the season.
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