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Storrie believes Crouch was 'misquoted'

Peter Storrie has told The News that he was 'very disappointed' with comments attributed to Peter Crouch in the Sunday papers, where he was 'said' to have voiced his concerns about the direction we are taking as a club and the uncertainty surrounding so many players, not to mention not having a manager.

Storrie, whilst admitting that he suspected that comments were manipulated, has hit back: 'these are very disappointing comments because anybody in their right mind knows we are in a due diligence period and the due diligence period means the club are technically in limbo for a month while this goes on.

'We cannot finalise matters on the manager and we can't finalise matters on players we are lining up.

'All the players know this and I'm surprised. I think Peter must have been caught off-guard on these sort of comments.

'I'm sure when I speak to Peter he will tell me he didn't actually say it that way, they have been twisted around a little bit. But it's very disappointing.'

Like I said at the time, and of course as others had, it might have been better to have kept those thoughts in house - with some very disappointed at what was claimed - but he, like us also wants to know what is going on. Then again some might argue could the response not have also been kept in house?

I have little, or no doubt that comments were manipulated - afterall that is what the press do is it not?

At the same time I also have little doubt that Crouch does have concerns about our direction, I hope for a far brighter future than the one we appeared to be having but allowing our best player, Glen Johnson of course, to leave - even though I have expected this - at this particular time, and not further down the line this summer, puzzles me and will inevitably raise doubts.

So, 'we can't finalise matters on players we are lining up,' that is fair enough and I understand and appreciate that - yet, at this particular time as opposed to waiting, we can do this on matters of a player leaving...


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Date:Monday June 15 2009

Time: 9:53AM

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I think Crouch said it, the words were possibly slightly twisted but I think his message is clear, i aint hanging around for relegation dog fights and you need to show me that you are going to do something
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15/06/2009 10:37:00

Deson't seem likely that he was misquoted. The same thing is being said about Chris Coyne at Colcheser today, and it's not likely. Just a PR way of telling the media to naff off! (See http://www.colchester.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=157678)!
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15/06/2009 12:53:00

Like the irony that you have put the "misquote" in quote marks, Very good!
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15/06/2009 12:54:00

I think Crouchie has spent a week with the England camp, had a few questions asked and is getting impatient. I still love him, though. Sounds like Storrie does as well.
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15/06/2009 14:02:00

I like Crouchie but would not be dissapointed if he left for around 15M. To be honest I do not see what benefit a move would have for him, he is behind Rooney, Heskey in Capello's thoughts so might as well stay where he is.
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15/06/2009 15:45:00

so that's a "shut up, and keep out of it" from storrie then. Personally, I think crouch has every right to voice concerns. As Storrie says, "We cannot finalise matters on the manager and we can't finalise matters on players we are lining up" - if we arn't bringing anyone in, no-one should be leaving. full stop, end of story. I don't care if it's to a champions league club or not - if we're going to have to wait, so can everyone else!
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15/06/2009 16:23:00

Well said Carpet, my thoughts entirely. I have no doubts in my mind at all now that Johnson is being sold to help offset debt, and no other reason. Reading between the lines, the guy didn't want to leave. The Champions Leauge stuff is just a red herring.
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15/06/2009 16:42:00

Just a thought...Crouchie probably knows what Johnsons position was regarding staying at the club, and that is why he's come out and said what he has. Like us he wants to know what the hell is going on.
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15/06/2009 16:47:00

another intresting point storrie brought up: "'When Sacha came in during January 2006 it took until the second week in February for due diligence to be completed. Nobody said anything about it then.'". Now... My history of pfc may not be the best... but when sasha agreed to buy the club, didn't he buy players in strait away? didn't mendes, davis, pamerot, d'allesandro...etc. all come in in januarry - aparantly before sasha had bought the club? If we were in limbo then, and could still buy players, why not now? (aside from the manager... but if we could bring in players then, theres no reason we can't bring in a manager now).
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15/06/2009 17:13:00

Im not sure how much I want to bash Storrie up over this. I understand the players are in limbo, but so is the club & as far as I can see, that can't be helped until the takeover is complete. What can Storrie do about it?? Im pretty sure this situation dosn't work for him either. We have to wait, I don't want to either, yes its frustrating, but thats just the situation we're in. If the new owner dosn't want to advance cash to secure players before the deal is done, then thats his choice.
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15/06/2009 17:34:00

I was disappointed with Crouchie's comments too, we all know the club's in limbo and those questions can't be answered. But then papers like the Scum are stirring up so much trouble with their headlines, it's no wonder he's worried. Carps, didn't Sacha start by buying a stake in the club and then buy the rest once due diligence was complete? Also I spose they couldn't wait till February cos the transfer window would have shut.
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15/06/2009 17:37:00

Tracy..If it had been anyone else other than Crouchie I probably wouldn't have paid it too much credence. But this is most unusual for him. The players must be in contact with one another and I wouldn't mind betting that the thing that's most spooked Crouchie is the proposed sale of Johnson. Especially if this was never on the table and he was under the impression Glen was staying. I certainly don't think he would be reacting to stuff in the press, that just doesn't ring true.
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15/06/2009 18:28:00

Tracy is right Sasha bought in to the Club in January then officially took over later, so he probably financed the window.
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15/06/2009 20:44:00

How dare Storrie critisize Crouchie when he is willing to flog our best, and my favourite player, Glen Johnson, without waiting for the 'due bleedin' dilligence' or a new manager! Storrie, you are rubbish at the moment so don't accuse our Pierre of questioning you and the club!!!!
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15/06/2009 21:02:00

In fact I think The Sun and Storrie deserve each other at times!
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15/06/2009 21:04:00

nicely put Et_tu.
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15/06/2009 21:22:00

Players get asked questions & the answer them. The press make it sensational & the club defends themselves against the press. None of this is helpful & it will continue to be so until the new owner gets in & heaven help us until then.
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15/06/2009 22:09:00

Well Today the Sun has made a link with the Thai president, it is the most flimsy link, but that's good enough for them, even though they contradict themselves by actually quoting the bloke by as saying he is not involved with the takeover whatsoever, and yesterdays exclusive of Johnson signing for Chelsea is followed by another "exclusive" that he is to sign for Liverpool tomorrow, even though he is on holiday! Read into it what you will!
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16/06/2009 06:41:00


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