SAF's Pompey deal thrown into new doubt by Storrie comments
By Site reporter
Thursday 13 Aug 2009 21:40:00
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As previously reported, the Hydra history seems to be repeating itself at Portsmouth. Al Fahim is keen to portray an image of a man who has every intention of making the deal happen. He gave a lengthy interview to this effect to tame insider Bhoyrol at arabianbusiness.com. However this picture of a man who will walk out at Portsmouth FC to the acclaim of the crowd as the new owner of Portsmouth is causing some raised eyebrows at the club. It appears that Al Fahim had not discussed his intention to appear at Saturday's game with Peter Storrie and owner Sacha Gaydamak. Al Fahim is determined to claim that the takeover is on track and it seems only Gaydamak can pull the plug on Al Fahim's procrastinations. The relationship between the two men has grown frosty since Storrie's recently leaked email. As it stands, the Executive Box us set to be unusually uncomfortable. It is looking increasingly likely that the prospect of Al Fahim coming to Fratton Park will be the tipping point of this long-running affair.

Sulaiman Al Fahim’s proposed takeover of Pompey suddenly looks much less likely to be completed after Peter Storrie questioned why it was taking so long to go through.

Storrie and Paul Hart both spoke out in strong terms they have not expressed before to express fresh uncertainty over Dr Al Fahim’s planned purchase. And there is a growing feeling there could yet be a rival consortium making a late bid to take over.


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Storrie was incredibly candid at the Radio Solent Pompey fans’ forum, broadcast live, and the general tone of his comments seemed to be that he didn’t have faith in the Al Fahim package.

Asked at the end of the programme if Pompey would go into administration if the SAF deal did not go through, Storrie said it wouldn’t – and said watch this space.

Storrie, it seems, has become increasingly frustrated with the protracted takeover talks – and probably with having to be the one constantly coming up with answers to fans’ concerns.

Dr Al Fahim has said he will be at Pompey on Saturday to see the first game of the season – but it seems this too was news to Storrie when it was revealed yesterday.

As expressed in the Inside Track article on our sister site www.pompey-fans.com yesterday, it looks like there are more twists and turns to come very soon in this summer-long saga.

Wouldn’t be Pompey without those, though, would it?

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