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Storrie on missing out on takeover

Peter Storrie spoke to The Quay this evening to talk about his failed takeover attempt - this has failed right? Who knows anymore! - and what his own 'future' with Pompey will be...

Storrie on Sacha

'A meeting was scheduled for 8.30am, but Sacha called me and asked to reschedule for 12. I asked him if there was a problem, as my people were getting nervous and he said no.'

It seems that Sacha has 'screwed Storrie over?'

For some reason 'the former Pompey owner' decided that SAF was the right man to sell to - the thing that I cannot get my head round is if SAF has not been able to conclude this deal over the past 3-months what has suddenly changed?

Storrie on missing out

'I am very, very disappointed, but its Sacha's club, he decides. My group is very unhappy.'

I can imagine they will be 'disappointed' and 'unhappy' but much as Storrie said at the end of the day it was Sacha's club so he decides who has it...

We just have to hope that Sacha has sold the club to the right person - he, through Storrie, kept banging on about selling to the person that can take us forward, although I have had very mixed feelings about Sacha for several months - saying nothing at all has not helped - so 'maybe' he has just sold to who was best for him. The one that 'offered' the most money, which SAF now needs to come through with.

Stop the bloody talking now SAF and deliver something - no f****ing around, after taking so long to 'conclude' this, although I still have reservations about this actually being 100% confirmed, you need to do something to prove yourself!

Storrie on his future...

'I really don't know whether that it would be possible (to work with Al Fahim), but we just have to wait for everyone to calm down.'

To be honest I really cannot see how Storrie can carry on at the club, although the same could arguably go for Paul Hart, as both were pretty open in their thinking that SAF would not come through with his takeover...

I must confess that I am not one of Storrie's greatest fans and had some reservations about his own proposed takeover, as when all is said and done he is one that played a part in getting us into the mess we were in - although to be fair he has played a pretty big part in helping to get us out of it too!

All in all I no longer know what to think about anything - on the whole we, the fans, have been treated shockingly for the past few months. As said previously something major needs to be done now to repay this faith as if it does not the appalling turnout of some 6,500 (or so) on Tuesday could well become a regular thing, ok maybe double that due to season ticket holders, but crowds will remain very low...

The talking stops, actions must now speak louder than words, although for me I am not sure we have enough time left in this window and waiting until January will be far, far too late - SAF, the ball in well and truly in your court now, redeem yourself or I would not bother showing my face at Fratton too much!

Although I think we have to at least give him a chance, right...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 26 2009

Time: 10:06PM

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All us fans want to know is that our club is going to become stable and that we can continue to invest and remain in the premier league, waiting until jan to invest will probably be to late. Also if storrie leaves which I wouldn't blame him for if he did, who is going to deal with tranfers? We need answers now and no more bulls**t statements saying we'll find out in the next 24 bloody hours!!!!!!!
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26/08/2009 22:22:00

It hs been obvious for weeks now that Sacha has been doing what has been best for him - and in my heart of hearts - I can't blame him, although it does leave me feeling bitter. What he did to PS was ruthless, especially as the man has served him faithfully for a number of years now - it was a ***** thing to do. Why am I not surprised? I am hoping against hope that Saf has not yet completed and things will still happen for PS - doesn't look like it tho, does it?
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26/08/2009 22:22:00

I agree Gandor, PS would be the better option by far. I would love for Saf to prove me and many others wrong but he has alot of convincing yet to do.
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26/08/2009 22:26:00

My gut reaction is that Storrie's group ,may have been the better option. Dr SAF has to come up with some fanatstic answers in a very short space of time. We are a very vunerable club in a lot of trouble. You can see Hart getting the bullet as we struggle with a very poor squad. It's never boring!!!
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26/08/2009 22:29:00

I think our future is cloudier than Victorian London..
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26/08/2009 22:30:00

Don't shed tears for PS. Have you seen the size of his bonus? Dr SAF is no more or no less trustworthy than any of the b****rs - until the day we get a local "lad" billionaire born and raised in Eastney or Buckland to buy the club, the bottom line will be in dollar signs.
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26/08/2009 22:30:00

Well said HSB.
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26/08/2009 22:37:00

look...Saf/Alf is somewhat i suspect a lot of razamataz...a big name signing as team coach ( ..You need hands to .....etc- schhh you know who I mean....Diego) ..and some top line players as well as celebrity visitors...just like his diamond encrusted Lambo, and personal Jet.... With PS it was going to be all cautious purchases.. what do i know the game is obscene these days
plymouth graham
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26/08/2009 22:47:00

Have just finished listening to an mp3 of Storrie's interview, and wow, that was some interview. The guy wore his heart on his sleeve that's for sure. Wonder whatever will happen next in this crazy saga?!?
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26/08/2009 22:51:00

I thought the words, 'I've bought the club' would be worth the wait but I'm not so sure, now. What was the problem over the last 12 weeks that isn't a problem now? I have no faith in the Middle Eastern one at the moment but I have an open mind. Persuade me, Sully, that you are The Man. You have five days to prove me wrong. Now get on with it!
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26/08/2009 23:00:00

Oh and sell Nugent.
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26/08/2009 23:00:00

Felt a bit sorry for Jacka but he ha presided over the clubs down fall and has ruthlessly turfed out opposition to secure his position: lets keep things in context here. storrie was trying to secure his own future; his future now depends on the man he insulted frequently. I dont know if SAF is better than Farj as an owner probably not but what is clear is that sasha and Saf had a PSA agreement and hand shake deal; they both seemed to seem intent on honouring it.
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26/08/2009 23:00:00

And sign someone in midfield who can pass forwards.
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26/08/2009 23:01:00

Cash in on Kranjcar, too.
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26/08/2009 23:03:00

And we all want free Pompey scarves.
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26/08/2009 23:03:00

Another twist - PS's group may sue Gaydamak over their agreement to buy the club. How many more twists in the tale? We are the joke of the Premier League. -
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26/08/2009 23:11:00

good riddence to bad rubbish. hope the door doesnt hit you on the way out storrie. now the three of them are gone. i am seriously sick of controversy surrounding pompey because of storrie.
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26/08/2009 23:11:00

I don't know what to think any more.This has done my head in. Are there good guys and bad guys in this or are they all in it for themselves? We are a joke and this is just one long bad dream, seemingly with no end.
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26/08/2009 23:21:00

It's a Dog Eat Dog world Mr Storrie. I for one would be sad to see Storrie go, as he works quite hard, despite lying at times. If Sacha has "Screwed him", then what a **** he is. PUP.
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26/08/2009 23:24:00

just listened to the interview. wow! Al fahim doesn't help himself does he? storrie, defeated, comes out and talks to the fans. Al fahim, victorious, hides. what does that tell you? Not to mention the fact that he REALLY beleived the guys he had found would be amazing owners.
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26/08/2009 23:34:00

To be fair to SAF, he is probably now driving round Dubai in his Lambo Murcielago LP640 Versace with Sacha in the passenger seat, giggling away like naughty school kids.
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26/08/2009 23:47:00

Storrie is driving the Blue Robin Reliant home tonight! :(
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26/08/2009 23:47:00

THAT is very funny Andrew:-)
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26/08/2009 23:52:00

for anyone with anything against storrie, just listen to that interview if that dose make you believe he loves the club as much as any of us, nothing will! i just hope to hell he stays with us and hope that he gets the takeover eventually.
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27/08/2009 00:33:00

I am seriously worried about the fact the Storrie now might not bother to work hard to get in players before the windows closes. This means that we might buy no one, and then lose Hart. To get a new manager, a new executive and settle immediatley is nothing but impossibe. I do not care who owns the club, as EVERYONE would own a club to get richer and richer unless we, from Vital Pompey decide to cash on the club!!!! I just hope that SAF has the money to keep us in the premier league. Than we think of better things next year.
Pompey Malta
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27/08/2009 00:46:00

Jesus, already thinking about next year when we only played 3 matches!!! But that is the way it is going to be I suspect.
Pompey Malta
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27/08/2009 00:46:00

malta storrie said himself that he would bring in the players already lined up so i wouldn't worry about that. as for losing the cheif exc, manager etc i should hope SAF's clever enough to know that and not act not rashly.
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27/08/2009 01:26:00

On a bright note we still have 8 points more than Southampton.
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27/08/2009 01:48:00

Feel a little sad for Storrie, but we have a brand spanking new owner which we've all been wishing for since May. We had everything crossed for this guy to come in and buy our club, hoping all the newspaper bullpoop was exactly that, bullpoop. We've waited and waited and at the 11th hour, we get another offer. Correct me if I'm wrong but 10 days ago the vast majority of us just wanted the saga to be over, and now it (seemingly) is. If we didn't have the option of two different buyers, AlF would have been a hero. In my opinion he is yet to do anything wrong, he bought a football club he has been trying to buy for 3 months. Let's give him a chance before we portray him as the villain.
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27/08/2009 02:02:00

Well said Frippy .. I was thinking th very same thing last night .. At the very least the debts will be cleared .. surely that is a good thing.. although I'm not convinced this saga ia over yet..
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27/08/2009 06:39:00

Yeah agree Frippy, also if the Storrie group had come in surely they would of had to go through the due diligence and the fit and proper person test with the FA?? If so that would have taken another 3 weeks or so. In fairness to SAF in my view he has done nothing wrong, he has siad all along that he was committed to buying the club and now he has. None of us know how much Sasha was holding out and hoew much he has changed the goal posts. I think he is the most to blame in all of this and we have not heard anything from him since he took over from Manderic. Lets just wait and see what SAF delivers, hopefully a couple of good players now, with more to follow in January. We must now though see movement on the new training ground and of course 'the Stadium'.
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27/08/2009 07:48:00

Never been a big fan of Storrie has he has always bought controversy to the club but do think he has been shafted. At the end of the day, Storrie knew of the issues at the end of the season and if he was interested should have put together his consortium then, surely?
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27/08/2009 08:10:00

Good point bluedr - on reflection the PS bid does seem to have been somewhat opportunistic. In some respect, why are we looking for villains in all of this? The damage was done in the past, the debts have been cleared and we can move forward.
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27/08/2009 08:21:00

Never been a Storrie fan but this latest episode has shown that he does care for the club. my gut tells me that he had lined up a better option in the long term but maybe Sacha's financial position meant he had to get rid asap. As fans all we can do is continue to support the club to the best of our ability no matter who owns it.
Steve C
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27/08/2009 08:22:00

But don't forget that he was trying to shaft Dr SAF last week. All that smirking with Hart and saying "wait and see" in a knowing manner must have looked like a good old fashioned slap round the face challenge to a duel. The fact that PS's group was "getting nervy" and he had to work so hard to get it together didn't sound to me like it was going to be massively stable. Dr SAF has been trying to get as much as possible by spending as little as possible in terms of taking over the club - well, honestly, don't we ALL try to get a bargain? I don't think Dr SAF will be a pompeycentric angel, he's a businessman and he wants to see a return on his cash. Storrie is NO different.
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27/08/2009 08:30:00

Well said hsb we really dont know anything about this new group apart from what Storrie is telling us all seems very honest but you just never know. Im sure the main reason behind SAF not completing earlier is down to Gaydamak moving the goal posts time and time again unfortunately he just wants his money back and thats it!! Now SAF has finally taken over the proof of the pudding will be in the eating.
plymouth ian
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27/08/2009 09:11:00

as long as Sasha has'nt eaten all the Pudding...
plymouth graham
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27/08/2009 09:39:00

I feel really sorry for Storrie, it seems that Sacha asked him to find another buyer to force SAF's hand and has stitched him up big time. The good outcome of course is that it worked SAF had to deal now or lose the club, so at least its sorted and we can hopefully have a period of stability and actually concentrate on football again.
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27/08/2009 11:07:00


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