Date: 5th November 2008 at 4:10pm
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Peter Storrie, rightly at time and wrongly at others, is often knocked but like him or not I think that retaining him as we have was something that was crucially important to us – had we lost him as well as Harry Redknapp then the stability from the top, even if things maybe are not completely stable, would have come crashing down as Sacha Gaydamak would have been in deep trouble had he been required to control the day to day running of the Portsmouth Football Club alone.

A ‘new role’ as executive chairman, basically chairman, has been given to Storrie, and he has given a decent interview on pfcTV today talking about this role, why it was given and what it means along with further thoughts on the training ground and new stadium plans and their developments, or ‘should be’ developments in the months ahead.

He remains adamant that the plans will go ahead as scheduled, with the training ground awaiting the final checks and passes before work ‘should’ get underway by the end of the year. As for the stadium, with the new idea – and to be fair good idea, as housing alone is not something that in the modern financial climate will be of great interest to as many as was first hoped – of including supermarkets, hotels and others outlets in the proposal he said ‘he hoped’ to be cracking on with this early next year.

On the subject of finances, and players going – this is something that he, and we, have all become fed up with but he again insists that things remain as they have always been ‘some will go’, but if they do ‘others will arrive’, but it will not be wholesale chances and players will only go if it benefits the club.

One startling revelation that came out was the fact that 15 players are out of contract at the end of the season – quite a worrying thing, and something that needs looking at, and fast as if we do not tie those down that we want to keep by January then they would be able to pre-arrange free transfer moves for next summer.

As I say, a very positive interview, and one well worth watching – I know it sounds cynical but I hope that it is not one with a ‘positive spin’ just to get morale up and there is actually plenty of basis to it. All we can do now is wait and see what happens and see if these thoughts to go to plan…

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