Date:Friday November 7 2008
Sacha Gaydamak gave a rare, but insightful interview on The Quay last night, telling Chris Wise and Mark Mudie what his thoughts were on the new manager, and what he will do to back him, the previous manager and his hopes for the club - below is some what he said, as published in written format on the Pompey Site...
Gaydamak on Adams
'I'll back Tony 100 percent - otherwise why would I make him the manager? He's fully backed by myself and the board and he's aware of that.
'I never interfered with football matters when Harry Redknapp was manager and I will not interfere with football matters now that Tony Adams is manager.
'My job is to give him the tools to deliver. Whatever he decides, it's his call.'
Gaydamak on the squad and the clubs growth
'We're in the Premier League, which is the best league in the world but now we also get the chance to play AC Milan in Europe - it's fantastic.
'We've got a great team. Look at our strikers, while there's the likes of Diarra in midfield, Campbell and Johnson at the back and James in goal.
'But it's about growth. We want to finish in the top 10 again and go as far as we can in the Europe. The FA Cup is a lottery but hopefully we can win the lottery again.'
Gaydamak on Redknapp
I'm extremely grateful for what Harry has done. I think it's normal that when an opportunity to manage a huge club like Tottenham comes along, a manager of his calibre should take it.
'I'm happy for him and wish him all the best.
'He leaves us a strong legacy, and we have to take up the challenge.'
'Tony Adams has been here for more than two years, so the team that is playing today is part of his team as well. He selected it with Harry Redknapp. So we have continuity and stability, which is what we're about.'
Gaydamak on being on the right track
'We have to continue what we are doing. Then we will be okay. Look how much the team has improved in the last 36 months. I think we are on the right track.
'I've been here nearly three years and the results speak for themselves. It's fantastic - every day there is something to learn.
Gaydamak on the new stadium and training ground
'We have all the designs for the training ground and everything is ready. The stadium is also on track. There are problems because of the credit crunch - that's a reality. But we'll go through it.
'We're basing our growth on what the stadium will allow us to do. My appeal to everyone in the city, to the fans and to the council is: 'Let's do it all together because we will all benefit from it'.
'We need to submit the application and it needs to be approved by everyone. Hopefully they will stand with us.'
Gaydamak on his future and speculation
'That's been going on since I came here, but I don't get involved in it. Actions speak louder than words.
'When I came here the club was about to get relegated. But we stayed in the Premier League, have finished in the top 10 for two years in a row and won the FA Cup. Let people say what they want - I don't care.'
Gaydamak does not speak out very often does he, but when he does he always has a good vision for the club and paints a great picture - and a picture that we all desperately hope to see.
Actions do speak louder than words, and to be fair most of his actions have spoken volumes haven't they.
Lets just hope that the future can still be bright and as promising as it had looked to be and can all can fall into place as we and he hope...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday November 7 2008
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