MICHAEL APPLETON prepared to face Pompey and vowed: I gave everything for the club.
The former Blues boss goes up against his old side for the first time tomorrow at the Kassam Stadium.
Appleton endured a tumultuous 12 months at Fratton Park after being brought to the club in 2011.
After owners Convers Sports Initiative tempted the 38-year-old to arrive, Appleton saw the club descend into administration and deducted 10 points on two occasions.
On top of that, he faced a transfer embargo, a fire sale of talent and saw players and staff not paid wages, as promises to him were continually broken.
The man who departed just under a year later for Blackpool, is unsure of the reaction he’ll receive from Pompey fans tomorrow.
But he has spoken of the positive relationship he had with the Fratton faithful, and feels he can face them with his head held high.
Appleton said: ‘It was a difficult time for everyone at the club, but I’ve got to say the fans made me feel fantastically welcome.
‘I had a very good relationship with them.
‘Who knows what the reception will be? Football’s a fickle sport so I’m not holding my breath, but I’d like to think for 12 months I gave everything I had for that football club, on and off the field.
‘I’ll let people make their mind up and see what happens on Saturday, but my focus is fully on Oxford United.
‘It was a tough 12 months losing two sets of ten points made it very difficult.
‘There was a massive changeover in players and budgets, there was a lot that did go on, but regardless of all that it was a time that I built relationships with a lot of people and I’ve got some fond memories of it.’