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A man that 'cared'...

A man that 'cared'...

The picture often painted of Sacha Gaydamak was one of a man that cared about the club, had our best interests at heart and wanted to offload to 'the best people' - of course it is too early to say that SAF is not the right person, or indeed the wrong person for that matter

Well, this image has taken a real battering with Peter Storrie's 'exclusive' to The Sunday Mirror, in which he launches an attack on Sacha, who comes out of this looking even worse than some people had him pegged as being during the recent months.

I do not think that it is any secret that the vast majority, if not all of us, had a feeling - if not knew - that it was his old man that was funding him, from the off this seemed likely but the fact that Sacha's funding dried up when his old mans also did is 'strange' to say the least...

Storrie of course has his own consortium lined up, a consortium that he claims would have secured our future beyond a doubt and ensured that we could go to 'another level', but this is where the real twist in the tail comes into it...

It is said that one of Storrie's backers was suing Arkady, Sacha's old man, for some £30m and due to this Sacha refused - under the orders of the boss - to sell to Storrie, even after he was removed from the group, and would 'rather see us go into administration' as a result!

Storrie has claimed that more than once we have been threatened with administration but we managed to avoid this with the South African Bank not doing anything to help us out - demanding full repayment of the loan taken with them.

I would imagine that Storrie is bitter, he admits as much, at missing out on taking over the club but who would benefit from this not being true - although sometimes airing linen in public does not do much to help anyone and often leaves more questions than answers, which is something we have had a lot of over the past, well basically year really!

SAF has been given a real hard time since he 'took over' but the impression that I get from what Storrie says I do not think we can lay too much blame at his door - ok, maybe he does not have much money, but I maintain my thoughts that he was just sticking to his guns on what he would and would not pay, Sacha - for me - was probably looking to exploit him, but he was having none of it?

I also maintain my believes that SAF is nothing more than a middle man, a deal broker, as he was at Citeh. On and off I, and others, have had these thoughts, which the guys that run Vital Pompey often share musings of behind the scenes, that he was coming in to merely move aside - some deal with Storrie, or members of Storrie's consortium will most likely be done in time, right?

Arabians need to keep face, by completing his takeover - as he had always said he would - he does this, chances are he can, and probably will, now quietly move aside for someone else to come in, or work alongside him, to make what needs to happen with this club happen...

The future for Sacha probably is not going to be very bright as who will want to do business dealings with a guy that operates the way he has appeared to? I would suggest not that many!

So, yet another 'legacy' that has been ruined by lies and deception, thanks Sacha, you - well your old man - might have helped us achieve a dream but you also almost killed us, and appeared happy to do so!

Although Storrie ends by saying he is still not quite sure what the future will bring, does he mean this is a good or bad context...


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Date:Sunday August 30 2009
Time: 9:08AM


surely there is a bigger picture somewhere,after all a short paragraph confirming sal as owner doesnt really feel like any takeover at all, no press conferences, outlined future plans, nothing. lets hope hes got some backers for our sake. im not surprised sacha wouldnt sell to someone whos taking his father to court, but the administration stuff feels bad.
30/08/2009 09:21:00
The fact that SaF wanted Storrie to remain at the helm may suggest something. Also, the fact that Storrie was hoping to have SaF at Pompey even if his consortium gets the deal clearly shows that there are some good bonds between Storrie and SaF. I was always sure that Sascha was waiting for the right man to get back as much money as he hoped for and not for the sake of Pompey. I thank him, or his father, but I would want to move forward and hope for the better to happen. It already started to happen. We spent around £9 in three days on players, something we haven't done since October 2008!
Pompey Malta
30/08/2009 09:33:00
Another twist .. I'm just waiting for the next sensation... Sasha is really Lawrie McMenemy's love child and SAF had a sex change for his 21st present.. and yes it was performed by Milan Mandaric who he later married.. The vicar was none other than Terry Venables
30/08/2009 09:45:00
I hope your right rug in that Saf maybe just a middle man, because over the past few weeks I've not been convinced that he's got the money to move the club forward. For a while now I've said that he's sticking in there just to save face which is fair enough, but hopefully he will allow additional investors or a complete takeover to people who can take the club forward ie Storries consortium. If true I can't beleive what Sascha has said, Just goes to show with daddy's money he had a nice play thing and took all the plaudits when winning the FA Cup etc. The truth being he really couldn't give a monkeys whether people at the club would lose their jobs if we went into administration, tosser!!!! Also what was his or his dads problem with selling to storries consortium? Oh well atleast he's gone now. PUP!!!!!!!!!
30/08/2009 10:35:00
I'm sure that what Storrie is saying is true, but why is he washing all this dirty linen in public now? Is he currying favour with Saf? He is always saying he has been the one who has had our best interests at heart. He cetainly didn't have our best interests at heart when he warned his mate Floppychops last October that Sacha wan't spending any more money.
30/08/2009 10:46:00
Who knows what to believe, all you can do is sit back, watch & enjoy the ride! The bigger picture is, so far that Pompey still exist & players are coming in that should no doubt help things! The BBC gossip column is linking us with Michael Johnson & Nicky Shorey on loan, as well as Tal Ben Haim on a free! Will have to see but I like Johnson!
30/08/2009 10:59:00
Also, talking of players coming in, on the Boateng singing article, I put a couple of YouTube links on there which were quite cool! This one is even better skip forward to 2 mins & 14 seconds!
30/08/2009 11:04:00
we catn have shorey and johnson on loan weve already got o'hara, so some credibility has gone from that already, but really like the johnson link.....theres also benji and zaki aswell.
30/08/2009 11:20:00
Has Gaydamak (jnr or snr!) really gone though? The official website still has him as owner....
30/08/2009 11:46:00
What a web of intrigue has been weaved here. Will we ever know the truth? Gandor Dawn and I love your name Floppychops :D
30/08/2009 11:52:00
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