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Storrie - Sacha loves us/HR on Europe and Mendes

The joy of what winning the FA cup to all Pompey fans, players and management was plain for all to see, but what it meant to Sacha Gaydamak was also obvious, with the delight emanating from him as he paraded around Wembley with the cup in hand.

He then joined the squad and all to take part in the victory parade and the sheer volume of people that turned up amazed him, now Peter Storrie has told The News that if there were any doubts that Sacha really was 'one of us' before the cup final these have been put to bed with his love affair with Pompey moving to the next level: 'Sacha loves the club, he really does.

'The bug has really got to him. You should have seen how nervous he was on the day of the final.

'He came over for the Fulham game and stayed the whole week and every day he was getting more and more and more nervous.

'On the night before the final he came over to the hotel to have dinner with us and just couldn't sit still. He felt proud - really, really proud.

'It was lovely to see Sacha running down the pitch with the Cup afterwards, waving at some friends in one of the boxes.

'He was just over the moon, acting like the fan he is.

'As for the parade on Sunday, he had never, ever seen anything like that - ever. He kept saying, "Can you believe this?"

'Every time we turned a corner there was another big crowd. He was just speechless at it all.

'I think he suddenly realised how many people support this club and the shear pleasure on people's faces. I think that got to him.

'That meant an awful lot to him. He talks about it all the time. When he went home to Israel he watched it again.'

There are always 'rumours' that Sacha will sell up and move on, but the in-depth interview he gave the BBC prior to the cup final and the thoughts shared by Storrie after seem to suggest otherwise. The reports that he would sell up seem to have come about with comments taken out of context back along: 'there were stories that Sacha was prepared to sell but there's nothing in it at all.

'I think where it came from was someone said to him that if someone offered him an awful lot of money would he sell and - being a businessman - he said "of course I would".

'It's like someone giving you double what your car's worth - that's all it was.

'He loves this football club and he is here to stay.'

We do owe Sacha a great deal of thanks, he had put money in to help strengthen the club on and off the pitch with the new training facility now looking like being a near certainty to happen, and the hopes of finally getting a brand spanking new stadium closer than ever.

Storrie believes that Sacha deserves much praise, and our FA cup win, which will now see us embark on our first ever European tour is just rewards for our owner: 'he's deserved it. He's put a lot of finance into the club and a lot of effort - without him none of this could ever have happened.

'Harry's achieved it on the field but without Sacha's backing it couldn't have happened and both Harry and I are the first to say thank you to Sacha for his incredible support and backing.

'It's great working with him. Harry and I have enjoyed working with him tremendously.'

Taking part in the uefa cup will clearly mean we need to strengthen the squad yet further, we all know this as do the club. New arrivals are required simply to stay at the level we are currently at, let alone moving further forward but I believe we will do this.

However Harry Redknapp has issued a warning - also in The News - that the added pressure of playing in Europe will make things even more difficult, with this increasing his need for new arrivals: 'getting into Europe is great, but winning the Cup was more important to me.

'The UEFA Cup puts you in a very, very difficult situation. The problem is it can have a big effect on your league form, no doubt about that.

'There are a lot of extra games and that can take it out of the players unless you have a big squad to cope.

'You think about it, you play Saturday, Thursday and Sunday - that's a lot of games and it takes it out of you.'

We will get more players, and it will not just be quantity it will also be quality, I have absolutely no doubt about it...

Redknapp has also stressed that Pedro Mendes does have a future with the club and he intends to keep him: 'I want Pedro to stay, no doubt about that. He's a good player and you want good players.

'He can get the ball down and pass it. He's got fantastic ability, he can spray it around, he works hard - the lad's got everything.

'I like him. I don't want Pedro to go anywhere, I honestly don't.'

I have made my thoughts on wanting to keep him perfectly clear, hopefully these thoughts from his boss have done enough to convince him that staying with Pompey is the way to go...


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Date:Friday May 23 2008

Time: 1:21PM

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Pedro; take your house off the market; you're going nowhere
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23/05/2008 13:51:00

Diarra, no you can't take you stuff out of storage either!
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23/05/2008 14:08:00

HR you are right the UEFA Cup is a strain on resources with regular games on Thursdays. It will also means a lot of Sunday games, then we are used to them with all the TV games. Tony is right Pedro, take your house off the market, it is not a good time to sell anyway!
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23/05/2008 14:48:00

from a personal point of view the further we go in the uefa cup the more games we will play on a sunday, which altho not ideal will mean less having to travel on the day of the game - hence rising the trains screwing up and making me miss the game! due to work commitments - as they are at this point in time - i would have to catch the train to games (unless others are also going to be going) on the saturday morning - should trains be delayed or cancelled i run the risk of missing the game, so if played on sunday i can travel on the saturday...
whatever tho im looking forward to next season already, we will increase the squad size with quantity and quality!
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23/05/2008 15:00:00

Pedro will go no where, nor will diara, nor will davies. They erre all either in the team or on the bench, so as part of first 16 and needing larger squad, i cant see any of them going. The only ones i think will be going are Baros and maybe Crannie, if the rumours in the pub about him upsetting Harry weekend are true. Maybe its his age, maybe Harry will just have words with him, but we all know Harry, he doesnt forget, and if Crannie did cross that line, i would think he is up for sale.
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23/05/2008 15:04:00

what has cranie meant to have done?
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23/05/2008 15:10:00

Sorry Mr Rug, i was in a meeting since last post. At the Hotel on Saturday, Harry and Tony were giving autographs to perople in Car Park, a young girl was seen to be snubbed by Cranie when asking him for autograph. He was supposedly overheard saying he wasnt signing it for a @@@@@ bitch, and @@@@@ is to represent a derogatory word for some one of Pakistani origin. If true, i can see the club moving him on as they have so many black staff they would not want to be seen to be racist..
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23/05/2008 16:25:00

Pedro is selling his house so he can move to Fratton park ha ha!
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23/05/2008 20:40:00

i think that cranie is a fantastic talent but 'if' this happened then you are right there is a good chance he will be moved on, and in all honesty rightly so!
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23/05/2008 23:48:00

Apart from anything else, as a business man, Sacha Gaydamak must have surveyed the crowds and saw the seats of the new stadium filling up. Hopefully, that will give him the impetus to push forward with more force, although I realise the problems he is up against, NIMBYS etc. I read somewhere in the news that Portsmouth FC is 24 million pounds in the red. Can this be true? I like Pedro, he's a worker, tiny, but very skilled. I like watching him play.
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24/05/2008 01:36:00

I would love to see Mendes stay but I don't think he will. Davis showed disrespect by not turning up for the parade so, given his past record, I think Harry will get rid of him. IF Cranie actually made those remarks and refused to give an autograph and there were no other factors to consider then he should get a 5 year ban from football but , at this stage it is just rumour.
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24/05/2008 04:08:00

Good article - it is often very easy to forget just how much Sacha has helped us progress, probably because he is a total contrast to MM. Obviously MM was in the papers almost daily with some story or the other, whereas Sacha goes about his business and stays in the background (obviously letting his team manager and staff do the majority of the talking). When he is brought to our attention now and again, he can only really be viewed in a positive light...eg his pride at winning the cup, or buying match tickets for school kids and laying on the transport for them(can't remember when that was, but earlier in the season I believe?). It pains me to see what has happened to MM at Leicester (even though I dislike Leicester tbh); he has to hold his hand up as playing a big part in their demise though...too many sackings for them to make any sort of progress. How would we have progressed had MM stayed with us?? It's unlikely 'Arry would still be here anyway, the two of them were always at each others throats it seemed!
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24/05/2008 07:00:00

24 mlll is what they expected I think its not to much to worry about sasher expected this & it looks as if he will shell out again.
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24/05/2008 13:40:00

The guy next to me at Wembley was convinced that Pompey will be sold to some Americans this summer. I told him not a chance, but he said you wait and see.
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25/05/2008 15:03:00


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