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Storrie starting to come clean

After almost saying everything was ok earlier in the week, that the ground renovation was about to begin, the training ground would be started soon, a new owner was possibly on the horizon, Peter Storrie has also admitted that if new ownership is not found, our top assets would be sold in the summer.

In a story with today's News Storrie says
'I would like to keep all our good players but obviously a lot depends on the ownership issue.

'Hopefully, we can bring a new owner in who can also put finance in because there is finance required for the club going forward.

'At this moment in time, what happens in the transfer market depends entirely on the position regarding the ownership of the club.

'Sacha has made it very clear that although he has done some fantastic things in the past, he cannot put any more finance in so it will wholly depend on what happens on that front.

'At the moment various discussions are continuing on that and I am hopeful something will happen sooner rather than later.'

It confirms what most of us have known for some time, if we cannot be sold as a club, then Johnson, Kranjcar and Crouch will be sacrificed to ensure financial stability, while some of the bigger earners will no doubt be left to run their contracts out and then be left to walk away.

Any rich Greek shipping magnates out there?




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 15 2009

Time: 9:37AM

Your Comments

I almost feel like I'm scaremongering reporting this, but its basically what we all expected anyway, Jonno is obviously the jewel in our crown, we need someone sharp!
paultsmouth
If we get a new owner then we have to hang on to our top players as kranjcar, crouch and johnson are all potential match winners and are more than capable of changing the course of a game. When you have to replace them with 2nd rate players like mullins we all know where it gets you!
moley2
not at all paul, if you had not done it, i would and was preparing too...
lets be honest storrie is finally telling us something we know is true, in all honesty our 'short-term planning' is now coming towards its end, and unless we have someone come in and invest in us (and quick) then we will go back to what our 'long-term' future always was likely to be, a 'mid table side', maybe one fighting relegation year-in-year-out at worse, and i can deal with that - whatever happens pompey go on, and we go on with it...
one thing that i do know is we will not be able to justify our ticket prices the season after next if the 'star names' have all gone - we will still have good earners, but not the 40,000 p/w plus earners we have had so cannot justify saying we need prices higher to help contribute towards that.
pompeyrug
if johnson goes then i think we should sign zuiverloon from west brom he is younger than johnson and has plenty of energy.
stfc ballboy
Since when has Mr Storrie conducted interviews with The News? I thought the latter were persona non grata
UKTony
Finally the truth comes out of Storries lips. I cant say that i am too worried as we all knew it was coming. Lets face it it might be fun playing with a more youthfull team next season. Potential line up could be. James Cranie, Kaboul, Distin, Belhadj Wilson, Diop, Davis, Basinas, Nugent Cowan-Hall/Utaka/Subotic - One of these three. If we could keep either Pennant, Pele, or Traore or all 3 then I think it could still be a very exciting team.
sneakay
Sorry, that was meant to represent a 4-5-1 formation but I forgot to put my line breaks in.
James
Cranie - Kaboul - Distin - Belhadj
Wilson - Diop - Basinas - Davis - Nugent
Cowan-Hall
sneakay
I am a v optimistic person by nature and I think a team of enthusiasts trying to prove themselves would be well worth wacthing.
hammersmithblue
totally agree hammersmith, my thoughts on 'getting the big brush out and sweeping clean' have grown more and more recently, fresh, even if youthful, and eager players that want to play for the shirt could well be a really good thing for us next season... in the main would they 'really' do much worse than the left over 'big guns' from this season?
that said, so long as we could keep crouch and johnson there are not that many that i would be 'that upset' about losing... altho crouchy and johnson are probably the most saleable assets so could be first to go...
pompeyrug
champinship here we come? we could be in for a fun old season next year :-0
pompeycarpet
Good article, If no buyer us found and I dont belive one is on the horizon due to Sasha's excessive share demand and no new stadium plans; (let's be honest the supermarket money will not go to the clubs coffers unless it is planning linked; which it won't be )I don't believe one buyer is on the horizon think we will see more "where little pompey should be" storrie's. We should be praying for survival next season- if no buyer is found. So paultsmth no scaremongering in your camp
russellm
It's been on the cards for a long time. Sasha wants his cash & the jewels of the team will go. We won't have a lot left when they cut the no contract lads adrift. We may laugh at the scummers but we may not be that far from that horrible scenario. If we survive this season it will be a bl00dy mircale to do so next! It may not all go sour but things don't look great. Imagine,this time last year we were getting ready for our greatest day!!!
storagematt
Now we know the truth, we can acclimatise and start speculating who we will have for next year. I'm not really bothered if we finish near the top or near the bottom, as long as we are not in the relegation zone and have to play like we have been playing lately. I can't see us going the way of the scummers matt, not on what we have been told anyway. As Rug says, it will be refreshing to see youthful and eager players on the pitch. I certainly won't iss the likes of Distin telling the press he had not come to Pompey to fight for salvation! TracyC sums it up nicely when she says elsewhere that we have been on one hell of a journey last year and if this is the price to pay, then so what. (or words to that effect).
Gandor1
Sneakay, u do know that the above team would definatley face the drop.
nodster
 

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