Johnny Ertl: Why I am standing in Pompey Trust elections

Johnny Ertl watches Pompey's pre-season game with the Hawks from the stands of Westleigh Park
Johnny Ertl watches Pompey's pre-season game with the Hawks from the stands of Westleigh Park
Scott Giles  Photography by Habibur Rahman

Genius who studied in Havant is off to Oxford University with five A and A*s under his belt

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JOHNNY ERTL put himself forward for election to the Pompey Supporters’ Trust board and insisted: I can make a difference.

The 32-year-old left the Blues by mutual consent last week, after Paul Cook decided he had no part in his much-changed squad.

We are a unique football club, the biggest community club in England and have such a huge fan base and I believe I can make a difference

Johnny Ertl

At the time Ertl, who is settled in Emsworth, told The News he planned to still attend matches as a supporter.

Now the popular Austrian has signalled his intent to continue his Pompey affinity by standing for a place on the Trust board.

The Trust have four spots up for grabs ahead of Friday’s deadline.

Voting among members will then take place from August 14 to September 11.

Ertl handed in his application today, before flying back to Austria for a short visit.

And the midfielder, who became a Trust member earlier this year, believes he can add a different perspective if elected.

He said: ‘This is a great opportunity for me and also can be a wonderful learning curve in my interests of working in football environments.

‘I see this as a perfect fit and hopefully if I am added to the Trust board can provide a different perspective.

‘We are a unique football club, the biggest community club in England, and have such a huge fan base and I believe I can make a difference.

‘This is my chance to give something back to the people and I am really looking forward to trying to achieve that.

‘As a club we have been on such a great adventure and I really believe I can contribute off the field and offer my experience.

‘I’d like to work closely with the Academy and Pompey in the Community, I want to provide a different perspective.

‘This is something that really excites me and hopefully I will get voted in.’

Close friends have persuaded Ertl to stand for elections in the belief he can make a huge contribution.

On the field, the former club captain and The News/Sports Mail player of the season winner appeared 88 times and scored twice for Pompey.

Off it he graduated from a PFA Corporate Governance course in April 2014, while he is presently in the process of taking his Uefa B coaching licence.

The former Austrian international arrived at Fratton Park in August 2012 when Michael Appleton was manager.