ALAN KNIGHT has paid tribute to Pavel Srnicek following his death.
The former Pompey keeper died in the Czech Republic, after suffering a cardiac arrest when jogging nine days ago.
He was a larger than life character and a great person to have at the club.Alan Knight
Srnicek was placed in an induced coma when later taken to hospital.
The 47-year-old made four appearances for Pompey between September 2003 and March 2004.
He worked under Knight who was the Blues goalkeeping coach for his time at Fratton Park.
Knight spoke of Srnicek’s ‘larger than life’ character and lifting presence in the Pompey dressing room.
He said: ‘I am gutted.
‘Pav was just 47. He was still a young man.
‘I’m just really shocked because he was obviously still a fit guy.
‘I’m saddened by the news.
‘He didn’t play a huge amount of times for the club.
‘But he was a larger than life character and a great person to have at the club.
‘He was a good guy. He wasn’t brash or lairy.
‘He had a good nature and you could have banter with him.
‘Pav was good in the dressing room and well liked by the other players.
‘It’s sad to lose someone like him and it’s more poignant at this time of year.
‘When I heard he’d stopped breathing for 20 minutes I feared the worst.
‘To have a young fit man taken from us like this underlines the importance of having health checks.
‘It’s just a real shame, and obviously my thoughts are with his family and loved ones.’
Srnicek spent seven years at Newcastle when arriving in England from Banik Ostrava in 1991.
He went on to make 150 appearances for the Magpies and later played for Brescia and Sheffield Wednesday before arriving at Fratton Park.
Srnicek played for West Ham and returned to Newcastle after leaving the Blues. He also picked up 49 international caps.