helped bring the players, manager and owner of Fratton Park, but says he still owed £ 2 million for the club
in Portsmouth, collapsed into administration again, fans are in a sort of post-traumatic response in the form in which seven years in the Premier League and FA Cup victory in 2008 left a legacy of ruin.
reflection on the five owners of three years and the parade of players and agents who earn prodigiously and moved into a ramshackle Fratton Park to see the legendary agent Pini Zahavi as an emblem. He was involved in the purchase and sale of Portsmouth, the money earned in the agreements to sign and sell several players, acted in the hiring of Avram Grant as manager and was an exploration agreement with the club worth £ 800,000.
"Pini Zahavi is described as a super agent," said Ashley Brown, Chair of the Trust for the supporters of Pompey, "but like many others, made their money and disappeared. We end up with a club in the infrastructure of the championship and with very little, struggling to survive. lasting legacy Tal Ben Haim Zahavi. "
supporter of Israel, signed by a financial implosion and Portsmouth in August 2009, is still in the same four-year contract, paid £ 36,000 a week, highlighted by the director, Trevor Birch PKF, as too dark.
Zahavi, speaking from his office in Tel Aviv, where he says he is busy taking in the football world has said its stake in Portsmouth. He noted that, like all creditors, and other players and clubs, has not been paid "one penny" of books 2.074m was caused when the club collapsed into administration for the first time in February 2010. "I was a victim in Portsmouth," he said.
"Yes, I worked for Avram Grant and Tal Ben Haim, who was the contract for exploration and expenses of agents, but had to wait for money because of my friendship with the club. I never thought they would go bankrupt. "
Zahavi confirmed that the young French-Israeli introduced Sacha Gaydamak to buy Portsmouth from the former owner, Milan Mandaric, in 2006. The former chief executive Peter Storrie recalled the first meeting attended by him, Gaydamak and Zahavi, because Mandaric not want to waste time if the agreement was not real. "Of course, we have a commitment to Sacha Gaydamak," said Zahavi.
however, said he was not involved or paid in subsequent contracts after Gaydamak withdrew funding in 2008 with losses hemorrhagic Portsmouth. Zahavi said he does not work in markets by Sulaiman Al-Fahim, Dubai in August 2009, and denied an earlier report, after negotiating the takeover of Saudi Arabia, Ali al-Faraj, five weeks later, saying only that he is friendly with a lawyer who worked on this agreement, Yoram Yusepov. Neither, he says, knew Balram Chainrai, the Hong Kong lender, who ended up owning Portsmouth and put it in the administration and still have a loan of 17 million pounds secured on the club.
"I know him now, since taking office," said Zahavi, "and it is a superior man. But I did not know before. "Zahavi was over £ 3m agent has consented to Middlesbrough Yakubu, when he moved to Portsmouth in July 2005, to be paid if the attacker was in Middlesbrough for five years - moved to Everton after two. Zahavi sources worked in Portsmouth Glen Johnson recalls the signing of Chelsea in August 2007, despite Zahavi, said he did not, and sign Younes Kaboul from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. Zahavi did not say whether he worked in the agreement.
Storrie explained why Zahavi Portsmouth has agreed to work as a consultant for exploration, a two-year contract worth £ 400,000 a year. "He has many contacts in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, and I thought we could take that knowledge," said Storrie. "It could have been one hell of a good deal for the club, but it was not long before the administration happened."
Zahavi, said he filed in Portsmouth can buy players from around the world, but the club has not entered into any agreements. "The opportunities I have great players, but has never bought it because I had no money," he said.
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