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Storrieteller, profit and Cotterill's way

Storrieteller, profit and Cotterill's way

Travelling, today and yesterday, coupled with time being spent with Trina - come on guys I had not seen her for a week - along with my brother, who celebrated a birthday on Wednesday, meant that I was not really around for much of yesterday and this morning, so the events of the past 24-hours or so have gone slightly unnoticed, or so it would seem...

They have not though, so here is a 'brief' wrap of the happenings in Pompey world!

Storrieteller continues to pillage Pompey!

With the publishing of the most recent creditors report several things had come to light, most alarming - although are we really that surprised? - the revelation that Storrieteller pocketed a whopping £87,000 plus for 5-months of 'consultancy' work with the club during our administration!

If the fact that the man that played such a prominent part in our decline was retained during our admin period, as he was despite many loyal, hard working, genuine and honest staff being laid off and businesses unpaid, was not bad enough picking up almost £90k for his 'help' leaves an ever sourer taste in all of our mouths, surely?

The man has no loyalty - well to anything but money, shame, honour, decency etc. etc. and this latest news just continues to show him up for what he really is.

At a time when, as mentioned, so many were cut adrift and so many bills went unpaid in full, to those that really need it, for him to be drawing that kind of money really is criminal!

Of course I have to be careful what I say, but I would hope that I speak for us all when I say 'I hope he gets what he's got coming to him' when he FINALLY does face criminal charges for tax evasion, whenever that will be...

Pompey making, and not losing, money!

Speaking of the creditors report, despite The Storrieteller news, this showed that Pompey's income exceeded our expenditure - surely a rare feat in recent years!

The News reports that there is a profit to the tune of £300,000 - ok, maybe not a huge amount but as a well know supermarket would say 'every little helps'...

I'm the Daddy!

The need for a decent assistant is something that many people have been saying that Steve Cotterill has needed, although today he has quite clearly spelt out that he has NO intention of bringing in a no.2 - not that we could afford it anyway.

Ian Woan and Guy Whittingham have acted as 1st team coaches and Cotterill says that he is more than happy with what they have done so sees no need to change things at all.

He also says that as he is such a 'hands on' manager and does not like 'delegating' he would end up doing everything anyway so what would be the point in an assistant!

To be honest this does not surprise me at all - I had previously said that he would need to have a real 'yes man' in the mould of Phil Neal under Graham Taylor, as Cotterill likes it his way and his way only so really there is no need for this assistant is there, perhaps when things sort themselves out a little more another coach could be brought in though?


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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Thursday September 30 2010
    Time: 1:44PM


    What a despicable individual Storrie is. Sureley we weren't obligated to take him on as a consultant were we? Isn't there a case for the Adminisrators/Chainari to sue him for damages!! His scurrilous behaviour has cost us millions, the whole logic of this defies any business acumen. Pray tell us Andy, why was he paid this when good honest employees were being made redundant, and creditors made to suffer, while he 'consulted' the lifeblood out of PFC. I hope he doesn't get a single days work ever again in his life.
    30/09/2010 15:46:00
    Trouble is Mike, he doesn't need to work another day in his life. I hope he does . . sewing mailbags! My theory is they had to keep him on for that time, because he was the only one who knew what was what (where the bodies were buried) but its still hard to take. Still its good news that the club has turned a corner and is now running in the black, we still seem to be struggling to get out of admin though don't we.
    30/09/2010 20:13:00
    Storrie gets an unfairly hard time I think. What did he specifically do wrong that anybody here could level at him other than being in charge while it all went to pot?... he may not even have had much say in the general demise, after all AG was the main man who could suddenly no longer keep the club in the manner to which it had become accustomed, not him. I think he put alot of effort into trying to save the club in the days when it was being shifted round the different owners. Also, I'm sure the club wasn't obligate to keep him on but needed to do so as he had a lot of knowledge and contacts vital to running the business. Should he work for free or charge the going rate for a consultant? OK, he probably could have done it for free but why bother when everybody's calling you a C anyway?
    30/09/2010 20:41:00
    I think Pompey were obliged, the books were a mess and unaccountable and Lampitt clearly gas no knowledge or experience to run a club- that's the problem with the new broom we all wanted. A manager in any industry who says he doesn't need an assistant is not a good manager; all though Woan & Whitt fit the yes man bill. Disappointing that the football league are after more info about Pompey being a viable business; if the plan is good enough for the court financiers, it's good enough for the league; what's that you say? Pompey turned a profit-! The effect of this is minimal, embargo- so what the window is closed, emergency loan rule- not affected, transfer of golden share- still playing and occasionally even winning :-)
    30/09/2010 21:58:00
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