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What Next For Milan?

5 O'clock= What Next For Milan?

Milan Mandaric, the saviour of Portsmouth Football Club moves on after the Premiership fixture with Bolton on Monday, but what does the future hold for the great man?

At the end of the day Milan is a businessman, so he'll be looking for a new project, or possibly building up an existing one? The 65-year-old born in Croatia, but raised in Serbia first got into business taking over his father's shop, within five years he had transferred the small business into the largest business in Yugoslavia.

In the late 1960's Milan left Serbia to settle in America, where his successful business career continued, seeing him take control of a few "Soccer" team in the US. One would be Major Soccer League side St. Louis Storm (for whom Preki once played for, and it would be him that would introduce Milan to Pompey) before the MSL folded in the early 1990's.

Eventually the European game would interest Milan and he would own firstly Belgian side Standard Liege before French side Nice, selling these in 1998 to take over at Fratton Park, the rest as they say is history...

So as Milan departs what is in store for the legend? He has been linked with Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, very strongly on more than one occasion to which he has repeatedly denied such an even occurring, along with another Championship outfit in Leicester City. However, although takeovers at either are not unlikely he has his involvement with FC Koper.

FC Anet Koper, a Slovenian side were taken over by the fans to prevent it going out of existence in the way Pompey could have but for Milan. Former Pompey star Mladen Rudonja took over as chairman in the 2005/06 season and Milan would also be taken on board, paying off the entire club's debt so maybe Milan is looking for a quiet time and may well focus more on this club?

Whatever Milan does next we will wish him all the best. One thing that is certain, he will not take over at Southampton!

There's only one Milan...

By Rug




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Date:Monday September 25 2006

Time: 5:00PM

Your Comments

Whatever he does will will not forget what he did for us, thank you Mr Milan Mandaric, there really is only one Milan...
pompeyrug
come on down to plymouth very simular to pompey when he took over
green giant 12
Hmmm.....always a problem when a "saviour" moves on - we went through the same thing at United with Sir John Hall and Kevin Keegan - fans get really excited and think its all going to be lift-off (and it nearly was for us in 96 with a 12 point lead over Scumchester) but...............good luck Pompey we all wish u well
UTD111
I reckon he will buy into another struggling club, with the dosh he got back from Pompey. He deserves to do that of course so we will never forget him. He has to be our most popular Chairman of all time. One question remains - will he ever come back ? Please don't buy anyone down the M27.
pompeygray
As long as it's not Leicester. However it is they will need a stadia already & be in the Championship.
storagematt
Rumours are that it could be Leicester, but this morning the BBC reports deny that. Foxes or Wolves ? either way they are hunted animals !!
pompeygray
It would be nice if he could look a little further west, past Scumhampton, to another south coast club ;) the chances of it happening are probably very slim though :(
cherry_brandy
 

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