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The best modern day owner of Pompey

'Milan Mandaric has been Pompey's best modern day owner', not my vote, yours - although these findings from PFCblue's poll are thoughts that I do would agree with to be honest...

Milan did save us, we cannot forget that - without his intervention anything that went after, and still could be, would not have been possible would it.

Although something that we also have to remember is he also put us onto the road that almost ultimately put us on to the road to potential disaster... His 'open chequebook' mentality saw debts begin to mount and eventually saw Sacha come into some unexpected 'surprises' in time, although he of course also added much more to this.

Quite what the future will bring is anybodies guess - hopefully we will find out more answers soon as we have certainly been left with more questions than these answers recently. Lets just hope that our future becomes a lot less complex, easier and smoother - then again this is Pompey we are talking about and 'less complex', 'easier', 'smoother' and so on do not often come into the equation...

  • What the poll asked - Who has been the best modern-day owner of Pompey?

  • How you voted - Mandaric 77%, Reserve judgement 12%, Gaydamak 4%, Al Fahim 4%, Deacon 3%

    Before we move on what are your thoughts on what the last poll concluded? You know what to do, thoughts below please guys...


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Tuesday September 8 2009

    Time: 9:37PM

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    who ever builds us a new stadium gets my vote..
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    08/09/2009 21:49:00

    Yh but anyone with loads of cash can builds us a stadium. Milan saved us and took us up to the Premiership and was liked by all.
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    08/09/2009 22:04:00

    'Tis way too early in SAF's reign to get my vote. Deffo Milan. I don't remember Deacon, as im too young. Although Sasha did bring FA Cup glory to Pompey, something i will rememeber forever. Still, Milan got my vote. PUP.
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    08/09/2009 23:48:00

    My understanding of Milan Mandaric's Accomplishments. 1/ Helped save Portsmouth from administration when purchased club. 2/ Eventually got in a manager, HR, who got the team promoted on a shoestring budget, and helped us to 2 years of premiership football. 3/ Brought in a director of Football, causing HR to walk 4/ Brought in 2 unsuccessful managers who purchased some very poor players, partly because of budget provided by Mandaric, that were leading us to relegation 5/ Resigned HR as manager when understood his investment in the club was doomed if he didn't swallow his pride and admit his mistakes. 6/ Sold the club when we were in the bottom 3 and heading DOWN. 7/ Failed to provide the stadium, training facilities needed - although there was lots of talk. My understanding of Sacha Gaydamac's accomplishments 1/ Provided over 13 million from his own money to support HR, before he had even purchased the club, to buy players such as Mendes, Davis, Pamarot, Benjani, Kiely and loan-star D'Alessandro who were instrumental in saving us from the drop. 2/ Provided access to loans and finance to help HR purchase players who either held their value or were sold for incredibly good profits - i.e. Diarra purchased for 5 million sold for 22 million. 3/ Supported HR to purchase players who got 2 x Top 10 Premiership places 4/ Supported HR to purchase players who helped win the FA Cup - our first Cup victory in over 50 years. 5/ Supported the team to provide European football to Fratton Park including, amazingly, the visit of star-studded AC Milan for a competitive game. 6/ Did not progress much on the stadium and training facilities - much like his predecessor. 7/ Fell in to hard times personally and in his business - primarily because his access to finance was cut off by one of the worst financial crisises in the last 100 years. 8/ But because he funded quality players (unlike Leeds and S'th'mpton) these were able to be sold to pay back the loans that were unable to be continued because the banks stopped giving credit. I emphasise that SACHA funded the purchase of excellent transfer bargains w3ho appreciated in value - so that there was always the backup of selling these players if he/we fell on hard times. 9/ Got Peter Storrie to earn his Million plus quid salary by actually arranging deals to sell players and stave off the creditors until the players were sold - due to the totally unforseen credit crunch. 10/ Left the team still in the premiership with a much better squad than what Milan Mandaric left him with at the beginning. 11/ Sold the club to the person he had agreed in writing to sell the club to. So I do wonder why people have treated Sacha so harshly - yes he didn't speak to the fans much - a black mark indeed. Yes he didn't provide his side of the story to counter Peter Storrie's version. Yes the club was unstable recently - and so it was with Milan. So I conclude by saying I am grateful for Sacha Gaydamac's reign at Pompey and a little disappointed so many fans don't recognize his accomplishments.
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    09/09/2009 00:33:00

    Bet that took you a bit of time to write StuartM
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    09/09/2009 00:52:00

    Yes, I'm a big fan of Sacha's performance and thought Milan was really lucky to sell when he did.
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    09/09/2009 01:04:00

    Without Milan, we probably wouldn't have had a club. We were in a massive mess before he came. What happened in those next few years were just fantastic. For those of us who went through the utter ****e that was 1994-2002 then compare that to the years to follow. Milan took us as far as he could which was heaven. Sasha or his dad pumped the cash in to build on the fantastic foundations & yes success (at a price) followed. But without Milan we would have had nothing.
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    09/09/2009 10:54:00

    hmm... I also voted for sasha. (although I had less choice, as i don't remember deacon, I only remember the latter stages of mandarics reign, when he tried to ruin us, and Al Fahim hasn't done anything yet, other than show he is better at procrastination than anyone else)
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