From Disney to Pompey for Portsmouth boss Eisner

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Michael Eisner watched a lot of in Europe and the US before buying Portsmouth

Two decades at the helm of global amusement giant Walt might seem a strange apprenticeship for taking over a lower-level English football club, but Michael Eisner insists it is the latest logical move in his high-flying business career.

The 75 -year-old American completed his takeover of historic south coast club Portsmouth in August for PS5. 67 m, buying it from fans who had stepped in with their own fund to save the club.

The club, nicknamed Pompey, had fallen on hard financial days since winning the FA Cup in 2008, and had fallen from the to the bottom tier, but did get promoted back to League One at the end of last season.

Michael Eisner completes takeover of Portsmouth Esiner knows Portsmouth takeover will be ‘daunting’ Image caption Portsmouth FC is starting out on what Mr Eisner hopes is a procession back up the league tables Image caption Mr Eisner says it was the passion of the fans that persuaded him to buy Portsmouth FC Image caption Mr Eisner says he was struck by Portsmouth’s historic past Image caption The new proprietors say they have plans to upgrade Fratton Park stadium Image caption Mr Eisner was introduced to the fans before the opening game of the season against Rochdale Image caption Michael Eisner at the launch of an ESPN sports-themed restaurant Image caption Mr Eisner says there are similarities between Portsmouth and Disney fans

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