Lloyd talks up interest in Pompey

And Lloyd, whom the Sunday Telegraph revealed is fronting the

consortium, is confident the investor will pass the Premier

League’s fit and proper persons’ test. It has been reported Lloyd –

who appeared on the Channel 4 programme Secret Millionaire in 2008

– will enter into confidential and exclusive arrangements with

Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou on Monday ahead of a

potential £30million buy-out, although Andronikou revealed the

pair have not yet spoken. Lloyd, who met with supporters’ groups on

Sunday, told Sky Sports News: “It is certainly genuine. “I

certainly wouldn’t have spent my Sunday coming down here and

wasting all the time. “I have got more things than nuts and fruit

cake on at the moment with my own company. “There is a substantial

investor involved here.” Asked if the investor would pass the fit

and proper persons’ test, Lloyd said: “There have been issues

before. “Certainly knowing the investor involved, he would tick all

the boxes. He’s very substantial. And I think he would be good for

the club.” Lloyd pointed out, though, that there was still a long

way to go in the process. “We’ve got to conclude the deal first of

all,” he added. “I’m not making false promises. “We’re at early

stages, there’s a lot to do, there’s a lot to do in 14 days. “There

are going to be a lot of sleepless nights. But Let’s get to first

base initially.” He added: “This is not a short-term fix, you can

see this club is absolutely on its knees. The fans and other people

associated with the club have been hugely let down. “This isn’t

going to be fixed overnight. There’s no question, no doubt in my

mind this is going to take years. And it’s baby steps, it’s

building the blocks, it’s building the foundations and making this

club into a successful clubs.” Andronikou expressed his surprise

that news of Lloyd’s interest had been made public even before any

official approach had been made. The administrator said he had yet

to be contacted. “I find it really strange he has taken this

route,” he said. “I want to hear from him as I have not actually

spoken to him at all. “I am waiting for his phone call.” Andronikou

said once Tuesday’s court hearing to finally clear up Her Majesty’s

Revenue and Customs challenge to the validity of Portsmouth’s

administration – which he claimed would be “straightforward” – had

been dealt with he would then set up a meeting with Premier League

officials later in the week. HMRC accepted the club’s move into

administration on Thursday, meaning Pompey now face a nine point

deduction from the Premier League.