Phillips Thanks Mandaric

Last updated : 13 November 2004 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
In speaking to the Bournemouth Evening Echo about the situation Peter Phillips is quoted as saying: "I spoke with Milan Mandaric (Pompey chairman) and Peter Storrie (Pompey chief executive) this week and would like to express my sincere thanks to them for being so helpful to us. It was not an easy situation because Portsmouth paid £400,000 for Eddie only two-and-a-half years ago and he has only played a couple of times for them. So for us to ask Portsmouth to then pay up his contract is perhaps not the easiest of things for them to accept. But we both agreed that none of the circumstances were the fault of Eddie and he has been a credit to Portsmouth while he's been there in very difficult circumstances. We reached an equitable agreement with Portsmouth. There was no transfer fee involved; we haven't bought Eddie. They released him from his contract so he was a free agent and we were able to sign him, for which we are very grateful to them".