Date: 25th September 2006 at 5:00pm
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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