Date:Monday September 25 2006
12 O`clock= Saint Fan`s Milan Tribute
I am a Saints fan and have been for many years. I am writing this tribute out of respect for what Milan Mandaric has done for Portsmouth Football club in particular and local football in the Portsmouth area in general.
Without Milan and his financial input I personally believe that Pompey would be a lower league club now. It has not just been about his financial input but his energy and commitment toward the club and its` supporters.
I believe Milan saw the 'potential` of Portsmouth football club a time before sinking his own money into the team. Pompey fans only ever asked for the club to start holding on to their better players and adding to the squad to strengthen it rather than being a continual 'selling club`. Milan brought that philosophy in with him but even better than that, he bought in some quality players for the club as well.
Pompey fans just did what Milan Mandaric knew they would from the very outset. They responded by turning up in their thousands, and apart from a mindless few, have always been a tremendous credit to the club.
Milan ran rings around his local rival at the time, Rupert Lowe and will ever be held in the deepest regard by TRUE Saints fans, who likewise despised their own Chairman at the time. There will always be an element of envy by Saints fans for not having had a passionate and inspired wealthy Chairman as Pompey were so fortunate to attract.
I sincerely hope that when Milan officially withdraws from Pompey on Monday night that the club is still top of the Premiership. There couldn`t be a finer way to leave a club for someone who should remain a GIANT in the football clubs everlasting history.
From a true and loyal Saints fan, Milan Mandaric…Respect!
By Alan Frank. Winchester
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