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Farewell Avram - A shaynem dank

Every Pompey fan knew in their heart of hearts that Avram would go but we all prayed it would not happen.

Just after eight o'clock tonight the following personal letter appeared on the Pompey Official Web Site -

This was one of the most difficult decisions Ive had to take in my football career.

After a lot of soul searching and under the circumstances I'm taking a different direction.

It's been both a difficult and complex year for us at the club, but at the same time, it`s been a wonderful and uplifting professional and personal experience.

I have been inundated with letters and emails from fans. Many have brought tears to my eyes and take it from me; it takes a lot to do that.

I will never forget you, the loyal fans of Pompey who, without a doubt, helped me protect the team under such complex circumstances. There are very few teams in the world that have fans as passionate and devoted as you are.

Seeing you all so proud with your heads held up high is the best reward I can receive.

It has been a great experience to be part of one of the most wonderful occurrences that has happened in the history of British football and also shows that even in the most desperate times, loyalty, devotion, professionalism and passion can be demonstrated.

I wish you all the possible success which you genuinely deserve.

Portsmouth has given me a feeling of home away from home. I might be leaving Portsmouth physically, but you cannot take Portsmouth away from me and my heart.

I have informed Andrew the administrator that if and when the need arises, I will be at his disposal to assist in any way I possibly can.

At this point I would like to mention the good job the administrator is doing, under very difficult circumstances after he received the club from Mr. Chainrai and Mr. Levy which they had saved from liquidation. Thank you for that.

I can never fully repay the faith and backing I got from the fans, players and staff who gave a hundred per cent. I truly thank you all for granting me the opportunity and the privilege to be part of your special city and unique club.

A sad day then but we must move on. What Avram did for the club will never be forgotten, he may even have saved the club for extinction! Good luck to him in the future wherever it may be and he will always be very welcome back at Fratton Park. I have no doubt others will write a lot more in days to come.

PS - A shaynem dank is Yiddish for 'Thanks very much'.


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Writer: eastneydave Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 20 2010

Time: 9:13PM

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Thank you and good luck for the future, Avram.
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20/05/2010 21:32:00

Thank you Avram. Maybe you will be given another chance when we are back at the PL and financially sorted.
Pompey Malta
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20/05/2010 21:32:00

Thank you Avram for restoring the faith, pride and heart back into portsmouth FC. Without a doubt the best manager pompey has had for years and one i wouldn't bet against returning when our current situation has changed.
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20/05/2010 21:35:00

Goodbye and good luck. You'll be welcome back anytime!
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20/05/2010 21:42:00

Bibi Avram and thanks a million. What you did for us cannot be measured. I felt we were special while you were here......
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20/05/2010 21:44:00

Well he was fun.
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20/05/2010 22:05:00

I love you Avram. From the moment you walked on the pitch at half time against Sunderland and gave the ref a good rollicking, it was clear to see you were becoming a Portsmouth legend. We will never forget you and the pride you helped to instill through these troubled times. Your words will stay with us next season as we go through more difficult times.
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20/05/2010 22:06:00

Thanks and good luck to a bloke who really understood. The king is dead. Long live king jamo?
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20/05/2010 22:23:00

THANK YOU POMPEY FANS! As an Israeli, when i see from a far distance, british movies, about knights of justice and fair ladies, sometimes i don't know, where is the source for this fairy tale. But now i know, and i love you for that pompey fans and porstmouth citizens. you are special for me, and if i had to go to a fight, you are the material of peoples, that i would go with, because you hold the right morale values. You are devoted, reliable, honest, not hypocrite and most of all, fight in the name of love! LOVE YOU & GOOD LUCK!
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20/05/2010 22:38:00

Thankyou Uncle Avram and good luck wherever you move onto.
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20/05/2010 23:25:00

Ahhh...best do it sooner than later I suppose. Thank you
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20/05/2010 23:29:00

Thank you Avram
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21/05/2010 08:38:00

Sorry to see this occur, thought they may heve been able to keep a hold of him, it is not the best news, good luck to him in the future!!! PTID
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21/05/2010 09:41:00

Thank you, Avram. "you cannot take Portsmouth away from me and my heart" - let's hope that no-one does.
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21/05/2010 10:19:00

Would of loved him to stay on. A big thank you for hanging in as long as he could. I wish Avram well in his football life and hope one day he will be able to return to our field for a hero's welcome. PTID
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21/05/2010 10:24:00

Avram said on the pitch at FP that he wanted to shake the hand of every Pompey fan - this was his way of doing it, and it brought a tear to my eye. Thank you Avram. Thank you for your dignity and class, even when saying goodbye. And know that once you have Pompey in your heart, it will never go away!
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21/05/2010 20:25:00


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