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Axe fell, shame it stopped short of others

Axe fell, shame it stopped short of others

Wednesday was another horrible day in the history of Portsmouth Football Club - as we all know 85 jobs were cut as the administration team wielded the axe...

Of course it was a terrible thing to happen, and a shame that so many jobs had to be lost - we all feel for these people, and I suspect a lot of us know, or at least know of people that have sadly been forced to move on. I can say that I know of at least 1 at this time and they were a diamond and credit to the club!

I think that Chix in many ways sums things up well when he said: 'although scant consolation at this time the important thing that the individuals concerned must come to understand is that it is THEIR JOB that has been made redundant not them - It is not a reflection on them as a person or how well/hard they worked .. Good Luck and best wishes to them all.'

Good luck to them all indeed.

For me I find it a shame that Peter Storrie's chief executive job - and other senior board members that WOULD have been more accountable for things - was not 'made redundant!

Yep Peter I guess I must be one of those that is not a 'genuine fan' because I want to see the back of you - oh, also FYI, should you read this I have not, nor will I ever sing your name...I guess that makes me even less of a genuine fan?

I know I, and others, have said it countless times but whatever way you look at it, or whatever spin it put onto it the likes of Storrie SHOULD, not that he ever has/will willingly accept, be held so accountable for many of these cutbacks - basically one of his jobs was to ensure that all were secure in their jobs, I think it is safe to say that he failed there as well!

With every day that passes any lingering credibility that Storrie has is destroyed yet further, had he, and others more accountable done the honourable thing and resigned it could have saved many other jobs I suspect - and maybe some 'could' have been retained? Yep he has 'tendered his resignation' but until he finally does walk through the doors for the last time, if he does, there is always that lingering doubt that he will somehow manage to worm his way in to carry on, as he has now for the time being at least...

Did he not say, not so long ago, 'if the fans wanted me to go I would go?'

I think the message has been made pretty clear to him that this is what the majority now want, yet carry on he does...

It would have been good for Admin Andy - and his colleagues from UHY, who it would seem HAVE settled with HMRC proving the validity of their appointment, had seen fit to make Storrie's position redundant - because in many ways are they not actually doing his job now? Oh, sorry his 'intensive' football knowledge is saving him.

Given the fact that they have not all we can do is HOPE that they are basically 'using him' whilst they can - and trying to find out info he may well know about things - and they then WILL kick him to the curb when they have all they need from him? It is just a shame that we, as a club, have to keep paying the guy, 40% less or not!

It is not an easy job for the admin team to do, all we can do is trust their judgement and let them get on with what they have to do. As I say getting rid of Storrie would have, I suspect, pleased plenty of people - so the fact he has managed to stay on, along with others that should have gone, is a kick in the teeth but lets just PRAY that we get the last kick in. To be honest I would seriously hope that he is gone before he returns to court next month - waiting until the outcome of this trial 'could' give reason to release him, and without any payoff, but does the club really, potentially, want to be dragged further through the mud?

Clearly I do not know all of the jobs that were cut, but - and I am not heartless as I feel for all that have gone - some 'probably' were not needed, we seem to have bloated the staff, and 'perhaps' we bloated too much? We can only hope that some of those jobs that have been made redundant are for some of those that were 'jobs for the boys' type thing and among those going all of those types roles have all gone.

Sympathies with those that are no longer employed are given by us all, the worry is that some with Portsmouth genuinely in their hearts have been cut loose - which is even sadder, all we can do is hope that the day WILL come when those more accountable for things will finally pay their price...


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Date:Thursday March 11 2010
Time: 10:45AM


A courageous statement Rug. Storrie should have resigned and worked for free. He is a despicable man.
11/03/2010 11:05:00
The sad thing is, Storrie had probably creamed off enough from PFC to live comfortably for the rest of his life in retirement. (Well, at least he won't be harming another club,I supopose).
11/03/2010 11:11:00
he has harmed enough over the years i guess - funny that his previous are ALL in trouble, much like those that have previously employed redknapp...
he will have to deal with the courts next month anyway, surely after all the years of trying they will get something on him, redknapp and mandaric - chances are they will get 'suspended' sentances altho i would think that NONE will ever be able to work in football again, how could they?
11/03/2010 11:21:00
agreed it was a shame to see 85 people go yesterday, but if we are 130 over staffed, and only 85 have gone, i suspect these were (very unfortunately fir them) in areas where the Club was over staffed in abundance? As this till leaves the Club 45 over staffed, but they are trying to negotiate with all, a reduction in hours per person to eliminate the need for further redundancies? I assume again all areas of the club are now in managable state, and these 45 can be accomodated or reskilled? Lets hope for them 45 atleast. My 2nd point is Peter Storrie, i dont think Admin Andy is in a possition to remove Storrie, all the time we had the court case hang over us, wasnt he asked to stay by Balu, until the Administration process was underway, and although it is underway now, isnt there a technicality stopping this being 10% hance the PL holding back on the points deduction, etc.... If so, i would NOT be surprised to see Storrie leave after the Court hearing Monday, which is rumoured to now be a formality. I did Sing his name, guilty as charged, as desperation back then, for me, was better the devil you know. I have seen, heard and read enough since then to know he needs to go asap, so see yer Peter, and shut the door on the way out. Tara.... lol
11/03/2010 11:30:00
Well said Rug. I have swopped emails/phone calls with the ticket office at very un-social hours and Lynn's reward for that effort .......... jobless. I suspect there are many similar stories about others that have gone. As you say, the one Storrie that stays is Peter. He has contributed to the running of the Club (into the ground) for the last 7 or 8 years. Our problems have not suddenly appeared. The down-hill slide has coincided with his tenure. At best he has been incompetent. At worst ...........
Ken Malley
11/03/2010 11:32:00
Having been a supporter of PS in the past, it is obvious (even to me) that the Guy has now outstayed his welcome! If the Administrator and his "team" are now running the club, Surely the majority of PS roles as Chief Exec are no longer in his remit, therefore and out of courtesy if nothing else, PS should be doing this on a voluntary basis!!! If he genuinely loves the club (as he's stated) surely he must realise, after the footy hour last night, that the fans don't want him any longer (particularly at the expense of others). This must surely follow for Lucius and Tanya & the Communications Bloke (regardless of how good or bad a job they've done, they are now redundant because the Administrator in his "independent" position MAKES THIER ROLES REDUNDANT). I hope that Admin Andy, makes public any "Pay Offs" that are paid to get rid of this "management team" but they must go NOW...Good Luck to all those that have had the axe fall.....I hope our Main Sponsor steps up to the plate and gets these guys and gals sorted !!
11/03/2010 11:51:00
I think an axe is too kind. Chinese water torture would be more appropiate. The bigger they are, the bigger the mess they make & the little, honest decent people get the cr4p.
11/03/2010 12:53:00
I'm afraid Storrie said a lot of things and sadder still a lot of people swallowed it, on this site, the other site with the self promoting editor, on quay and at the PVA. The only profound thing Storrie ever said was "people come and go but the club must go on forever" and he even nicked that phrase. You my note he also only said it whilst getting rid of a popular player. Being a pompey longer than storrie ( although clearly not genuine fan) i have championed the riddance of that man for a few years now; i shall not be smug about that or when he departs, our club will be tarnished by him and associated regimes for many years and i suspect again when his court case comes up.
11/03/2010 14:10:00
Barney, i understand that storrie is required to identify the history on debts and credits. I wonder if his son has kept his player liaison role, an appointment that came in for some criticism. I should be clear in my world we should judge the man as an individual not by who his father is, and if he's any good at player liaising and the role is required then there is no reason he shouldnt keep the position.
11/03/2010 14:16:00
Would that be the role his Nephew also holds? Apparently according to some one who lost their job, Storries son, and Storries Nephew BOTH have roles of similarity, both on £60k a year. The more you hear, the more the salt burns the wounds. We are all Victims, the fans, the players, the manager, and most of all them poor people that have lost their jobs. No disrespect meant at all, but if Lynn Wells has been removed after 9 years, and we have been over staffed only 2 years, it does make you wonder how they decided who to axe?
11/03/2010 17:28:00
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