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Storrie confirms he intends to move on

Storrie confirms he intends to move on

Peter Storrie has issued a statement on The Pompey Site that confirms that it is his intention to move aside after he has worked with the administrator to help find us a new owner...

Whilst I will admit I feel a bit guilty, that is my nature - and something about my character that I cannot change - am I sorry that he will move on, if he does?

Nope, not at all in all honesty, and as harsh as it sounds the sooner the better...

No matter how you butter it up or what way it is look at it as a chief executive of any business a lot of responsibility lies with that person and then with that a lot of blame must go with them for the BAD that happens, they cannot merely sit there and be happy accept the praise that comes along with the GOOD but brush off the bad as having 'little, or nothing' to do with them.

Anyway here, below, is his statement...


A Statement From Peter Storrie

Portsmouth Football Club has formally announced that it has gone into administration today and this is an extremely sad day for everyone connected with the club.

However, by this course of action Balram Chainrai has kept the club alive and given someone an exceptional opportunity to take this great club on with fresh investment to steer Portsmouth in a positive direction.

Whilst accepting as Chief Executive of Portsmouth Football Club that it was inevitable that criticism would come my way, the overall funding of the business was the responsibility of the owner.

What I am not prepared to accept is the very personal level of abuse on websites, emails and local radio which I have received over the last couple of days.

It is my intention to work with the administrator to help sell the business and I hope that will be quick as there is already interest in acquiring the club. I will also work with Avram Grant on the football side.

Once the sale is complete, I will tender my notice to the new owners as set out under the terms of my contract.

I find it somewhat ironic that a couple of months ago my name was being chanted by the fans at a time when I seriously considered my position at the club. Yet now, because I appear to be the last one left, they are calling for my head.

My decision to stand down has not been taken lightly, but I have had to take into account the views of my family who have witnessed first-hand the effect that the last 15 months has had on our lives.

I have really enjoyed my eight years at the club and the success we have enjoyed on the pitch: winning promotion to the Premier League and seven years in top-flight football, culminating in winning the FA Cup in 2008.

I will really miss the genuine fans who have been so supportive and good to me, the staff who I have worked with closely and the club in general. I and others at the club have worked tirelessly to save Portsmouth and wish now that the future of this club be secured, because, at the least, the fans deserve that.

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Date:Friday February 26 2010
Time: 12:13PM


fair enough in that he was perhaps paid rather well, but i am sure that throughout he genuinely wanted the best for the club and during the recent months must have been banging his head on a wall in frustration as others were always not doing what they said they would and he was not in any position to tell the media or fans as it was.
26/02/2010 12:23:00
What a pathetic excuse for a man -Jackanory still can't take any real blame can he! The only reason his name got chanted was he duped everybody that Al Mirage was the real deal. To be fair, he has taken Pompey to 'a level you wouldn't believe'.. don't think any of us could believe just how low a lavel. Now I understand why Notts County fans can't stand the man
26/02/2010 12:25:00
That news will please the majority at the PVA and SOS Pompey who were planning an 'assassination' Rug you have no need to feel guilty as others have gone much further over the last days and weeks but as you say the buck has to stop somewhere and the CX is normally in the firing line.
26/02/2010 12:38:00
yellowcheesemonkey, how right you are about cheering his name. I was appalled when I heard it, and every sinew in my body was cringing. His statement about "taking us to a new level" is almost as infamous as Gerald Ratner saying his "products were crap" at least Ratner wasn't lying.
26/02/2010 12:51:00
I agree Mike. 'It wasn't me guv'. Pompey constantly being discussed on R5live this morning.
26/02/2010 13:19:00
I thought the cheering his name was sickening; even worse it showed how storrie and two cohorts who love the media limelight were able to fool people. Made me sad to think people were so gullible. For those who thought he was only doing the best for the club might ask , why did he take so much out of it?his annual earnings was the gate receipt after tax of two or three games. Why did he get implicated in tax avoidance? Oh I'm sorry he can't have been implicated he was in sth of France when the tax evasion matter occured in Monaco a good ten minutes away. Pete yer soon to be gone, but rest assured never to be forgotten.
26/02/2010 13:19:00
He's not prepared to accept the level of abuse he has seen on the Webiste etc? He's damned lucky some of the more hot headed fans didn't go round to his house, like they have done elsewhere in the country. (I thought I read somewhere that ManU fans have paid their CEO a visit). (Not that I condone this sort of thing - I don't). However, if he is going to do the honourable thing - for whatever reason -then good luck to him. Maybe he will think twice before he works with his mate again. Storrie not being able to say no to his mate is what has brought us down to this level - 70%. Sacha stopping the funds - 10%. Two owners with no money (Storrie's work again, should have done his homework like Balram has been doing) - 20%. I feel a bit sorry for him, no human not to, but am glad he is going, new broom and all that.
26/02/2010 13:36:00
Despite being ridiculed by some I have 9 times out of 10 always defended Peter Storrie not in terms of his over exaggeration (or mis-placed enthusiasm) at times.. but I do firmly believe that he had the club in his heart. but during the past couple of weeks even I have had to concede that his position was untenable and felt that he could never regain the trust of the majority of supporters who blame him for everything. On top of that I also think it is a time for a fresh start so I would shake his hand, say Thank you for trying and ask him to remember the good times (we had many) and wish him the best of luck with his court case .. which I really hope he wins ... even though the hardened Storrie-haters will claim he somehow bribed the judge
26/02/2010 14:13:00
Hope he rots
26/02/2010 14:24:00
i have tried, as much as i could publicly - altho for reasons, which i have felt were in the best interests of this site, not always felt i could be as publicly open as i would have liked - that i have not been 'keen' on storrie for some time. behind the scenes i think i have made it more than clear for along time how i felt about him - time for him to move on, worryingly tho he is not doing this with immediate affect...
one of my biggest gripes with storrie is that he is MORE than happy to take praise, and have this lavished upon him for the good he does but when something bad happens he cannot distance himself from it quick enough, like a rat up a drainpipe he will somehow be on the defensive to shift it to someone else - you CANNOT be happy to be a CEO with the power to basically control everything only when the going is good and then liken yourself to a tea lady in terms of how much responsability you have when things go belly up!
my distain for the guy has grown even more with this very statement, yet again he REFUSES to take any blame whatsoever...this section here: 'Whilst accepting as Chief Executive of Portsmouth Football Club that it was inevitable that criticism would come my way, the overall funding of the business was the responsibility of the owner,' gave him the ideal chance to hold his hands up and take some blame, and when i started reading i thought he would, but NO, as usual it has nothing to do with him...
26/02/2010 14:36:00
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