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Milan to return? Hmmm, not for me

Milan to return? Hmmm, not for me

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...

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Thursday August 26 2010
    Time: 10:16AM

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    Tough one rug to be honest. I see your points, but my heart is ruling my head here i'm afraid. I love to see him back. Just so long as David Lampitt stays and keeps the business in order. If that happened, and Storrieteller stays as far away from Fratton as he should, then it could be fantastic. Maybe he'd deliver us that 'new stadium' he promised he'd build before he ever left! Milan, there's only one Milan!!!
    putneypfc
    26/08/2010 10:38:00
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    I'm a Milan fan having lived through impending relegation from the CL, and possible administration at that time, and being rescued by him, the heady days of the promotion season, and then PL survival. But I doubt whether he could bring us more than Chainrai, ie. stability, and then he would sell up again. Also it could turn out to be a 'second cup of tea' scenario. The tax evasion issue doesn't unduly worry me - I bet a pound to a penny it's going on with other clubs - he's just the one that got caught.
    PFCblue
    26/08/2010 10:45:00
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    to be fair when i met the guy before the 3-3 with swindon in the late 90s he said this that and the other would happen, stadium aside everything did - i cannot fault his enthusiasm football wise altho it worries me on the non-footballing issues, MANY dodgy agents, directors and so on came through this club when he was in charge and an arms dealing owner took over, oops sorry the son of this, during his time. as said milan is no angel, far from it...
    his dedication to the club would not be faulted, it is abundantly clear that chainrai simply wants his money back - sorry, but he would block the wilson deal if this was not the case - the problem is portsmouth football club has had a rotten core for decades and decades, can this ever be flushed out now?
    pompeyrug
    26/08/2010 10:54:00
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    Better the devil you know, innit. Would much rather have Milan back than some post 21 year old scrote.
    Squee
    26/08/2010 11:41:00
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    *posh, not post!
    Squee
    26/08/2010 11:41:00
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    I just want our club run properly. I want stability, and I want a season where we only talk about football, not about ownership/legal matters. I'm torn like everyone else seems to be - Mandaric cannot be faulted for passion, and he does understand football. I just don't want to go back to the days of dodgy deals... I also wonder whether Lampitt would work under him? I spoke to Lampitt before he joined the club, and he really impressed me.
    SouthLondonBlue
    26/08/2010 11:56:00
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    I wonder whether he just fancies being our chairman rather than the owner.
    wellyit
    26/08/2010 11:57:00
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    Really unsure on this debate, one hand I would like his enthusiasm and commitment, but would he start medling with the on field stuff?? also would he bring Storrie back in. If he would come in and flash the cash in a controlled and structured way to improve the Stadium and build the new training ground and also keep DL and SC, then yeah come on back.
    blarmy
    26/08/2010 12:39:00
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    hes getting on a bit now at 70! he just wants to hear his name chanted by 20k people again! and he wants to be rememberd like every one does. And their is no place other than pompey that he will have a statue of himself outside their stadium when he meets his maker... he has not got many years left to spend his cash so why not come and blow it on pompey . give us a new training ground an upgrade of fratton park and u can have your statue and we will tell our grandkids who that statue is when we pass it on match day.
    pompeyhussler
    26/08/2010 12:59:00
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    from what I've heard he could be part of Lever's bid, don't know if thats true but if it is it does give Lever's bid a lot more credibility. anyway personally i'd love to see Milan come back and save us again. its true he may have started us on a slipper road BUT i really don't see how anyone could expect him to of known how Gaydamak's tenure was gonna turn out, its stupid, if he could read the future he would be a lot richer for a start lol. and to be honest while he was still in control of the club we seemed fine financially so i don't see why not, specially if Lampitt stays as chief exec
    pompeym@
    26/08/2010 13:13:00
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