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Storrie rubbishes rumours.

Storrie rubbishes rumours.

Pompey Executive Chairman, Peter Storrie, has issued a statement rubbishing all of the rumours currently circulating in the 'popular' press. Not for the first time Peter is keen to put a stop to the scare-mongering being spread over the future of the club and our star players.

He told the club's Official Site -

'Quite simply the media speculation is a load of rubbish.

The club is not in any financial difficulty. Yes, we are up for sale, but so are about a third of Premier League clubs.

Sacha Gaydamak will only sell to a buyer who is prepared to invest and take the club to the next level. If that doesn`t happen he will continue to support Portsmouth Football Club in the same way that he has for the past three years.

Having sold Lassana Diarra to Real Madrid we do not have to sell any more players.

Jermain Defoe seems to want to leave and Tony Adams said publicly on the day he took the manager's job that he only wants players here who want to play for the club.

Should we sell Jermain it will only be at the right price. Spurs are clearly interested but if they want him they will have to match our valuation. It will be on our terms. And if he goes, he will be the only one and he will be replaced.

Even then it will be up to Tony, so I don't envisage any other movement out except for some players who are out of contract at the end of the season and are not figuring in the first team squad.

We have already secured the permanent signing of Nadir Belhadj and Tony and I are working on getting some other new faces in as quickly as we can to bolster the squad.

We are also in the process of offering new deals to some of the players who are out of contract at the end of the season.'

It is certainly good news that some of the many out of contract players are being offered new terms as a number of them have certainly earned it this season. Of those Lauren and Richard Duffy have already been told they can leave this month if they find another club.

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Date:Friday January 2 2009
Time: 5:16PM


I really hope that he is telling us the truth, if it is bad we need to know, if it as the chief exec says then we have nothing to fear, and as he stated Adams should have the final say on all the transfer dealings. Maybe its me, but i just never believe what the party line tell me, but i have followed Pompey for 40 years now, so nothing suprises me MUCH!!
02/01/2009 17:21:00
Nice to hear that contracts are being sorted out. I know there are 2 schools of thought on leaving it to the end of the season. Some will say they'll play harder if they need to get a new contract. I'm in the other camp though if they're worrying about their future their mind isn't on the job.
Steve C
02/01/2009 17:39:00
Yep with you SteveC, sort the contracts on those we want to keep. Tell who wants to listen that things arn't all bad. Build a team that wants to play & can stay up.
02/01/2009 18:53:00
Panic ye not! Tony and Peters time to shine is now, let's hope they don't let us down!
02/01/2009 19:05:00
This was on the official site, & only what he has said before on the finance side of things, but if so why have they not announced anything on the training ground yet ?, Steve & Matt with you on the contracts.
02/01/2009 19:13:00
I join the party on the contracts issue./ You don't want to risk players worrying about the future, or having their heads turned. Not to mention of course, that players who have no contract at the end of the season are often tempted to hang on and go for a Bosman on larger salaries as a result of no transfer fee. Anyone have an opinion on Govou? Is not bringing in another 30 year old movning down the Kanu line again, or is he good enough to be a worthwhile punt??
02/01/2009 19:35:00
wakey.. what I know of Govou is that he is highly rated in France and is keen to ply his trade in the EPL before his career ends. Seems to me he has a point to prove to himself which I take positively .. He's 29 and been with Lyon all his career .. which is my biggest worry .. can he not only adapt to a new league but can he adapt to a new club ??
02/01/2009 20:27:00
On the Peter Storrie front ... All I will ask is 'why would he not tell the truth ?'.. I'd definately give him any benefit of the doubt he is one of only a few people conected (or playing) for Pompey who does care about the future of PFC...
02/01/2009 20:29:00
Hear what your saying, and I would see him as a better signing as a replacement for Diarra, and still bringing in a new striker. Incidentally, I have just seen this story published tonight - one assumes that the figures are well off the mark! (I hope)
02/01/2009 20:52:00
cmon tony prove that u can manage arsenal in the future and do a good job with pompey govou wouldnt be a bad signing only for 3 mil apparantly not bad try get some more cheap internationals and get a few young players
02/01/2009 22:14:00
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