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Storrie starting to come clean

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.

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Date:Friday May 15 2009
Time: 9:37AM


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!
15/05/2009 09:44:00
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!
15/05/2009 10:17:00
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.
15/05/2009 10:23:00
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
15/05/2009 11:15:00
Since when has Mr Storrie conducted interviews with The News? I thought the latter were persona non grata
15/05/2009 11:59:00
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.
15/05/2009 12:04:00
Sorry, that was meant to represent a 4-5-1 formation but I forgot to put my line breaks in.
Cranie - Kaboul - Distin - Belhadj
Wilson - Diop - Basinas - Davis - Nugent
15/05/2009 12:07:00
I am a v optimistic person by nature and I think a team of enthusiasts trying to prove themselves would be well worth wacthing.
15/05/2009 13:30:00
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...
15/05/2009 13:38:00
champinship here we come? we could be in for a fun old season next year :-0
15/05/2009 17:17:00
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