Date:Thursday August 26 2010
Not for the first time in recent months Milan Mandaric has been 'linked' with a return to Pompey as our next owner - the difference this time being his connection with Leicester is almost at an end so 'technically' this would be possible...
The sale of the club, which he wanted to 'do a Pompey' with, will be completed this week to Thai investors and that does leave him free to do what he wants.
A return to Pompey, as he told The Star, is not something that he is ruling out: 'I would always be interested in going back, although at the moment I am still involved with Leicester.
'Everyone knows my love affair with Portsmouth, and the club is still very much in my heart.
'If I had known what was going to happen to Portsmouth after I left, then I would never have sold it in the first place.
'To go back there is something I would never rule out, but that is all I can say at the moment.'
Gaydamak, and those that followed him, took us to a 'whole new level', and I am not talking a 'good' level that we sometimes saw, at a price of course. When all is said and done Mandaric did invite him in, and lets face it he MUST have known something about his, and his old mans background, right?
As much as I appreciate that Milan saved this club and actually breathed life back into it in the late 90s I do not think that we can overlook the fact that he also did get us onto that road of 'spending well beyond our means' and so on...
Also, and again not looking to attack Milan personally or overlook the fact he brought the club our of admin last time when we looked done, lets also not forget he has 3 counts of tax evasion hanging over his head so the 'dodgy stuff' that Storrieteller and Harry Redknapp are often so critically accused of has been a long-term thing with Pompey, Milan is by no means an angel!
Would we really want to go back to that?
I have no doubt that he walked away from Pompey with a tidy profit, as he will Leicester, and I guess fair play to him, but as much as he has 'some money' would he have what is needed, and willingly put it in without looking for major returns - and I mean an excessive return as most owners do - on it. Would he also be willing to ensure that building up massive debts was avoided; not doing everything 'on credit' would be a must.
From a passionate football point of view he cannot be faulted, but could he give us the stability that we need off the field?
In all honesty I cannot say that I think he would, then again who will...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Thursday August 26 2010
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