Pompey Supporters’ Trust have paid tribute to Mick Williams following his surprise departure.
And Trust chairman Ken Malley has left the door open for a return for Williams after he stepped down from his role on the board.
Malley revealed Williams’ successor has been chosen but refused to name him.
He is expected to be announced after passing the Football League’s fit-and-proper-person test.
Williams left his Trust role and, as a result, his position as Pompey director on Saturday.
He cited a ‘matter of principle over a recent decision of the PST board’ as the reason for his exit.
Malley refused to reveal the details of that matter.
But he lauded Williams’ efforts in helping save Pompey.
Malley said: ‘We are sorry to see Mick go.
‘His drive and passion has to be admired.
‘He has immediately offered any assistance he can.
‘On a personal note, he has told me to call him any time.
‘It’s up to Mick but were he to stand in the summer elections I think he’d get the support of the majority of the board.
‘It’s wide open for him to return if he wishes to. His departure is very amicable.
‘Mick has done a heck of a lot of good work. We should all be grateful to him.’
Malley doesn’t expect any problems in naming the Trust’s new member on the Pompey board, with Williams leaving that position.
He said: ‘We obviously can’t affect Mick’s position on the club board.
‘Stepping down from the Trust board rules him out as a representative on the club board.
‘His replacement has been chosen.
‘The remainder of the board took a vote.
‘There was one person who stood up and said he wanted to do the job.
‘We can’t confirm anything until he’s passed the fit-and-proper-person test.
‘It’s all set up and in place.’
– JORDAN CROSS