No Storrie in Pompey dealings
Portsmoth chief executive David Lampitt insists Peter Storrie played no part in the club's transfer deals.
Last Updated: 06/09/10 1:12pm
Portsmoth chief executive David Lampitt insists Peter Storrie played no part in the club's summer transfer deals.
There had been reports circulating on the South Coast that Pompey's former chief executive had helped to broker the agreement which saw Marc Wilson head for Stoke and Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence move in the opposite direction.
Lampitt, though, claims that was not the case, with Storrie no longer part of the decision-making team at Fratton Park.
As a result, only he, manager Steve Cotterill and administrator Andrew Andronikou were involved in transfer discussions.
Lampitt told The News: "Andrew was at the club along with myself and Steve. We were all across all of it. Certain people lead on certain deals.
"But nobody else from outside the club was involved. Myself, Andrew and Steve were involved in everything."
There had also been suggestions that the trio had become embroiled in heated debates regarding player movement, and Lampitt admits things could have run smoother.
He said: "There were no different agendas but that's not to say that we all necessarily agreed on all of the details of every deal.
"I'm not sure a manager ever wants to lose players. But it's a difficult balance to strike. You have to balance the needs of the football side with the needs of the financial side of the club.
"Sometimes you have to take decisions that may not make both sides entirely happy. But you try to get the balance right overall - and with the deals that were completed - I think we have done that.
"Probably everyone would rather have kept our squad intact and just added to it. But that was not realistic given the situation we find ourselves in."
Meanwhile, recent arrival Darryl Flahavan has announced his intention to earn a long-term deal at Pompey.
He joined the club as a free agent at the start of August, agreeing a month-by-month contract despite attracting interest from other teams.
"There have been times I could have signed two-year deals elsewhere, but I wanted to be at Portsmouth," he said, having joined the club his older brother Aaron played for before he tragically passed away in 2001.
"I spoke to the manager and told him that I wasn't interested in going anywhere else. There were clubs offering me longer contracts but I wanted to be at Portsmouth.
"I let a few things pass me by and as the season got closer I was getting a bit worried because I have got to provide for my family.
"But sometimes you've got to make a few sacrifices if you really want to do something. I didn't really know what was on offer at Portsmouth but I always kept hope that I could get something.
"Now I've got a short-term contract, hopefully I can earn a longer one. I know the club is not in the best of situations at the moment but that was never an issue for me. I wanted to be at this club."