By Mike Hall
Monday 24 May 2010 18:00:00
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fter Storrie promised to quit
it seemed the only decent response was to leave him to wind down to departure in peace. As he seems to be talking up the possibility of staying then the gloves have to come off.

His appearance on Sky Sports News being chased into the building by an angry fan suggests he is going to have to do a lot of working from home if he tries to cling on.

Now Andronikou is talking about using his experience to help select a new manager. Well, we could certainly use Storries experience in this area. We can take any candidate he suggests and then immediately delete him from any shortlist to avoid another disaster. Pompey have had two successful managers in Peter Storries time and they were Harry Redknapp and Avram Grant – appointments which seemingly had nothing to do with Storrie. The appointments Storrie was most closely associated with, Adams and Hart, were predictably disastrous. As for his football expertise; When Mandaric sold a series of star players Storrie promised they would be replaced by star players. We began season 2005/2006 with Storrie declaring that this had in fact happened, that Perrins squad was the most expensive in the clubs history, and would do very well. How did that pan out? We were dead as doornails until Sasha brought in some real quality.

I remember sitting in the Quay Forum in October 2009 with Storrie saying that our squad was “already better than a dozen other Premier League sides”. Such football expertise, who needs Mourinho when such a footballing sage is in the building?

Storrie claims we have forgotten about how great the last eight years have been. He is wrong. We remember all the highs very well. What we also remember is that we were told all kinds of things about the club that turned out to be untrue. Like how the “£90m debt” was a wild exaggeration and that all the loans were Sashas and couldn't come back to the club. Those assertions aren't looking great right now. We wouldn't have enjoyed the last eight years nearly so much if we had known the truth, that vast liabilities were being accumulated which turned the club into a financial house of cards in a hurricane.

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Storrie claims to be “just an employee”. What a joke. He was Chief Executive Officer then Executive Chairman. He was trousering over £1m a year. Just an employee? Tug Wilson was just an employee. Storrie was the Captain of the ship not just when it hit the rocks but when it set the course; all the while telling us to ignore the warnings as being from media sources who were out to get us.

We do know from his own lips that he delayed taking a £500k bonus until August 2009. During that August the club went on a mad spending spree, signing players like Boateng, Ben Haim, Williamson and O'Hara, Piquionne on loan, committing the club to millions of pounds in payments to players, other clubs and agents. Money the club just did not have. Now Storrie would no doubt say he expected Al Fahim to come up with the money to refinance the club, hence the spending. However, he went on over the next couple of months to rightly cast every kind of doubt on whether Al Fahim could come through with the money Storrie had just committed the business to spending.

Coming so recently after Sasha had failed to come through for the club, how on earth could Storrie walk us onto the same punch yet again of authorising the spending of money that he was unsure the owner could provide?

Meanwhile, the vexed question of the money owed to various local charities comes into focus again. One of the clubs most important obligations is to help community charities. In August 2009 when Storrie made the decision to take his £500k bonus out of the club, the Tom Prince Trust was already owed their money. Shame they didn't make it as high up the pecking order as some.

When will Storrie get it? He is not welcome here and the vast majority of fans will not rest until he is gone.


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