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Peter Storrie still defiant over role at Portsmouth

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Storrie on his and Pompey's future

By Dan Roan
BBC sports news correspondent

Peter Storrie has told BBC Sport ahead of the FA Cup final that he may yet be at relegated Portsmouth next season.

He stepped down as chief executive in February when Pompey, who face Chelsea at Wembley, became the first Premier League club to enter administration.

Storrie is currently a consultant at the debt-ladened club, and he said: "I love the game, and you never know what the new owners will want to do.

"I enjoy the football side of things - it may be here or at another club."

The 57-year-old is advising Pompey's administrator Andrew Andronikou on transfer policy at Fratton Park.

He confirmed he will travel to Wembley with the Portsmouth squad on Saturday, and wear the club's official FA Cup final suit.

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"The FA Cup final [on Saturday] could be my last game, but I'll definitely be involved until June. It depends on Andrew, but I'll take my time and look around.

"All I've ever tried to do is give my all for the club."

Storrie's comments will come as a surprise to many fans as he was present throughout the period that has seen four owners in the space of one season.

He has become a target for abuse from some Pompey supporters in recent months, but he defended his role in the club's traumatic campaign.

"I'll always be known as the chief executive of the first PL club to go into administration and that's very unfair, but that's the football world."

When asked if he would consider saying sorry to the club's supporters and the many businesses still owed money by it, Storrie said: "For whatever part I've played, I will do so, but I am an employee.

"The club was run by individuals and they dictate what they want to do. I had to implement that, and because I was the focal point of the club I received the criticism."

Former Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie
The backbone of the club is very strong, and we can make the play-offs next season

Peter Storrie

When asked why he had not quit when he suspected the club was being taken in the wrong direction by its owners, Storrie said: "I considered that several times.

"But I was advised it would be a disaster for the club for me to walk out. It was better for me to stay and fight.

"I accept the criticism, but a lot of it is down to ignorance, and I feel very sad it's ended the way it has. I understand there'll be a lot of people saying good riddance."

Pompey's perilous financial position will force the club, which has debts of £138m, to offload its best players this summer, win or lose against Chelsea.

Storrie said: "You're probably looking at five or six that won't need to be sold. I've been working very closely with the coaching staff to identify targets, and I'm looking to bring in a good dozen players."

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has been linked with a move to West Ham, and Storrie said: "You can understand why he's in demand.

"You'd think that'd be an obvious choice for him, and he needs to make a decision."

Meanwhile, Storrie is confident that Portsmouth can find a new owner, recover financially and bounce back next season in the Championship.

"I know that another interested party has been looking at the club, so there's now two potential buyers, and more will follow when we leave administration.

"I'm confident that a CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement) can be reached. The backbone of the club is very strong, and we can make the play-offs next season."



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Grant unsure of his Pompey future
09 May 10 |  Portsmouth
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Storrie quits role at Portsmouth
12 Mar 10 |  Portsmouth
Storrie defends 1m-plus salary
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Portsmouth enter administration
26 Feb 10 |  Portsmouth
Storrie in court over tax charge
20 Jan 10 |  Hampshire


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