Storrie confronted by fans
Peter Storrie has revealed that he discussed walking away from Portsmouth after a clash with Southampton fans.
Last Updated: 15/02/10 6:15pm
Peter Storrie has revealed that he discussed walking away from Portsmouth with his wife after being 'intimidated' by Southampton supporters at the weekend.
Pompey prevailed 4-1 over their South Coast rivals in Saturday's FA Cup clash at St Mary's, a rare highlight in a season of turmoil for the Premier League's financially-stricken bottom club.
But Storrie says he and his wife were then confronted by fans as they left the stadium and believes it could have turned violent had it not been for the intervention of stewards.
And the Pompey chief executive admits the experience left him considering his future in football.
"I am trying very hard to save Portsmouth, for that reason alone it is worth carrying on," he said.
"But we have sat down to talk about it, and quite naturally my wife doesn't want me to carry on and that's only to be expected after she suffered such a frightening experience from Southampton fans.
"I must emphasise it was Southampton, not Portsmouth fans shoving notes in our faces and intimidating us, so what's it got to do with them?
"It happened when we were walking the short distance to our car. There was a group of fans ramming money into our faces, and thankfully stewards appeared from nowhere, but my wife was pretty shook up as you can imagine.
"Abuse is one thing but this was intimidation. I have to say it was as serious as that, and we did think we would shortly be physically attacked if the stewards hadn't arrived so quickly."
Storrie is currently trying to find a fifth owner of the campaign before Pompey return to the High Court to continue their battle with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
"People have got to appreciate that I am the chief executive of the club, I am an employee, I am not the owner, and it's the owners who make the decisions and run the club," Storrie told ESPN.
"There was someone else with us and he was abused too, and no-one should be put through that. Our security staff have got the CCTV footage and will look at it before deciding what to do next."
Meanwhile, Storrie insists John Utaka is not earning the huge salary that has previously been reported.
"Everywhere he goes John is ridiculed for earning so much when the club is in so much peril," Storrie said.
"He has come to me and asked me 'can you do something about it?' He wants it to be known that he earns a third of the amount that is quoted against his name."