Portsmouth : Play Up Pompey
Odone Purchases Portsmouth
Paulo Odone has confirmed that he is now Chairman of Portsmouth F.C. David James has been told that his job is safe due to his reputation in the footballing world.
Paulo Odone was welcomed by English media today as he made his first appearance at Fratton Park to announce his capture of the club. He met there with Iain McInnes, the Chairman of the team until today. The two businessmen shook hands as the rights were given over to the Brazilian.
Odone's appointment brings in a new board consisting of fellow Brazilian Directors, Alexandre Teixeria Santos, Aclomar Nascimento Santos, Cezar Rodrigues Moreira, Englishman Tony Bink and Brazilian Managing Director, Carlos Alberto da Silva e Silva.
"This is a mark of a new era." Odone began. "I will invest in this club what Iain could not, and it will return to it's former glory. I feel for Iain as I know he wanted to help reincarnate the club, but, selling it to me was a move that will see it rise again. I believe that wholeheartedly."
"On the topic of the club's manager, I have thought long and hard. I have come to the conclusion, however, that David James will keep the job. Odone revealed after he was questioned on James' job. "You have to respect a player like that, that has etched his name in to English football. He is also a friend of the fans and that will hopefully be a trump card."
"I love this club, but it's time for change. I believe the club deserves someone who can provide money to repay debts, and Paulo is that man. He, and David James, will take this team up to the top. I genuinely believe that. I will continue to watch the club play, but for now, I am not a Chairman. McInnes told press in his last appearance as Portsmouth boss.
In other news, Portsmouth have drawn Aldershot in the first round of the Capital One Cup. This will be their first competitive game of the season. The game will take place at Aldershot's stadium, The Recreation Ground, on the 14th August.