Date:Monday September 25 2006
9 O'clock= There's Only One Milan
As sure as night follows days, and all things eventually end, as thoughts now turn to the potentially exciting times and future ahead you still can't help but feel sad that the Milan Mandaric era is now over following his decision to sell his final retaining stake in the club to Alexandre Gaydamak.
The thanks and gratitude that all connected to Pompey past, present or future owe Milan cannot be expressed enough. Following years of darkness and depression both on and off the field, despite a few highlights here and there, when he arrived in 1998 he brought with him a ray of hope, which has only grown into a beacon and lit up the area.
Without Milan this club, which is being linked to almost every player in the market (and off it!) may not even be here, let alone playing in the World's biggest, and best league. Arriving at a time when some even worried about the club's existence, with some already turning thoughts to how the club could be resurrected and reformed his vision and ideas saved and rejuvenated Pompey. He has delivered on almost all of his promises, and gave us something that not many fans in their heart of hearts could really have believed would happen, without doubt as quickly as it did, Premiership football. Obviously a lot of credit has to be given to Harry Redknapp, but without Milan he wouldn't have even been here either. How would we have ever seen the greatest player I've personally ever seen in a Pompey shirt Robert Prosinecki, the likes of Paul Merson and Teddy Sheringham.
Some may not always have agreed with his decisions, but he has always done what he felt in the best interests of the club. How many would have had the balls to bring a man back from their fiercest of rivals, when he brought Harry back from Southampton to save us last season, and even admit they were wrong in letting him go and admit they were partially wrong with subsequent appointments? Not many.
If Gaydamak has fallen in love with the club as much as he says, shares half the enthusiasm and commitment Milan has then we couldn't be in safer hands, the money and talk he is giving seems to back this up, but I still hope Milan retains some connection with the club for many years to come as he says he will.
One thing that is sure Milan will always retain his 100% stake in all of our hearts, thanks for everything Milan.
Milan, there's only one Milan…
Date:Monday September 25 2006
Whatmough ready to return (Friday October 31 2014)
On this day in history...31st October (Friday October 31 2014)
'Forgotten man' almost back! (Thursday October 30 2014)
Maloney's chance (Thursday October 30 2014)
Pompey assessment - Shrewsbury 2-1 Pompey (Thursday October 30 2014)
On this day in history...30th October (Thursday October 30 2014)
On this day in history...29th October (Wednesday October 29 2014)
On this day in history...28th October (Tuesday October 28 2014)
Cup derby day for Pompey (Monday October 27 2014)
On this day in history...27th October (Monday October 27 2014)
|Loanees Recalled The Depart Again!
» Luton : 31/10/2014 22:34:00
|Usual tricks and no treats from Stanley
» Morecambe : 31/10/2014 21:51:00
|Westley Brings In Barnard
» Stevenage : 31/10/2014 20:29:00
|Brown Brings In Two
» Southend : 31/10/2014 20:23:00
|Murray Wants Some Swagger & Signs Two
» Hartlepool : 31/10/2014 20:15:00