Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pompey Chief Pledges to Continue Building Work

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pompey Chief Pledges to Continue Building Work

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New Portsmouth owner Alexandre Gaydamak has vowed to continue building on the foundations laid by predecessor Milan Mandaric after assuming full control of the club.

Frenchman Gaydamak arrived at Fratton Park in January as co-owner, and has now bought out American-Serb businessman Mandaric, who will continue in his role as non-executive chairman of the club.

Gaydamak said: "What Milan has done for this club is priceless.

"Milan is the reason the fans are here and is responsible for me tying the knot with Pompey.

"Milan's vision, belief, hard work and compassion have laid the entire foundation for all that we started to do in January this year, are working on at present and intending to do in the future.

"Following in these footsteps is not easy and I do so with pride and great admiration.

"No club could have wished for a better owner and no club could have a better chairman."

Jermain Defoe, Aiyegbeni Yakubu, Nicolas Anelka, Jefferson Farfan and Sol Campbell have all been linked with Pompey as Gaydamak's money burns a hole in Harry Redknapp's pockets. …

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