Peter Storrie

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Peter Storrie (born 7 November 1952) is the Executive Vice-Chairman of A-League club Central Coast Mariners. He was also a former director and Chief Executive Officer of English team Portsmouth, and had formerly worked for West Ham United, Southend United and Notts County.

Clubs involvement[edit]

West Ham United[edit]

A lifelong fan of West Ham United, Storrie joined the club as a non-executive director in 1990. He became the club's first paid Managing Director in 1991, and was instrumental in setting up a pioneering academy in Australia.[1] Described as "avuncular and approachable" by a writer on one fan website, he managed to be popular even when his decisions weren't. With the introduction of a bond scheme in 1991, which required match goers to pay hundreds of pounds in return for a guaranteed seat at Upton Park, when fans protested on the pitch and refused to move, Storrie invited them up to the boardroom to discuss the issue.[2][3][4] He was sacked from his position of Director of Football at the end of the 1998-99 season, when chairman Terry Brown decided to restructure the club.[5]

Southend United[edit]

Storrie took the role of Chief Executive of Southend United in July 1999,[1] achieving notoriety over his reputed £120,000 a season salary.[3][6]

Notts County[edit]

After that, he joined Notts County and became Executive Deputy Chairman.[7]

Portsmouth[edit]

His move from Notts County to Portsmouth was the source of some controversy. On the recommendation of manager Harry Redknapp — his former West Ham United colleague — he initially took up a role at Portsmouth on a job share basis in early 2002, helping to review the club's infrastructure and organisation.[7][8][9] He eventually joined Portsmouth permanently in late February 2002 as Chief Executive, replacing Martin Murphy after his 12 months at the club in the process.[10]

He remained Chief Executive Officer of Portsmouth despite the club's 2006 change in ownership from Milan Mandaric to Alexandre 'Sacha' Gaydamak but subsequently took on the role of Executive Chairman. In July 2009, Sulaiman Al Fahim, the billionaire UAE businessman assumed the role of Chairman and Peter Storrie reverted to Chief Executive Officer. In June 2007 he was invited to serve as a member on the FA Council, becoming one of eight representatives from the Premier League. Storrie said "It is good recognition for the club so I am delighted to be asked to serve as a member".[11]

Storrie was arrested on 28 November 2007 — along with Harry Redknapp, Mandaric, agent Willie McKay and former Portsmouth player Amdy Faye — over allegations of corruption.[9][12] In November 2011 Storrie and Milan Mandaric were cleared of tax avoidance charges relating to the transfer of Faye and of Eyal Berkovic.[13]

Storrie presided over a mixed four-year period which resulted in Portsmouth FC entering administration in late February 2010. On 12 March 2010 he stepped down as Portsmouth's Chief Executive Officer while staying on as a consultant till the club exited administration. The week Portsmouth were in court over the HMRC's challenge of Portsmouth's CVA, Storrie was reported to have left the club.[citation needed]

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

In January 2015 it was announced that Storrie had been appointed by A-League franchise, Central Coast Mariners FC, as an associate director,[14] and was subsequently appointed as Executive Vice-Chairman on 20 February 2015.[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hammers' top man joins Southend". Chelmsford Weekly News. 6 July 1999. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Thorne, Peter (2004). Nightmare On Green Street. Football World. pp. 15–16. ISBN 0-9548336-2-7. 
  3. ^ a b Luke Bosman. "Peter Storrie". Blue Anorak. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Bob Dunning. "Scandals". Bob's 70-71 Footballers. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Stephen Bradfield (24 April 1999). "Redknapp 'shocked' as Hammers sack Storrie sacking of Storrie". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Storrie is Main Concern". Gazette. 28 March 2000. Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Lee linked with Saddlers". Coventry Telegraph. 24 January 2002. Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  8. ^ Matt Hayward (21 February 2002). "Notts County Fan". BBC. Archived from the original on 2 March 2002. Retrieved 18 September 2002. 
  9. ^ a b Alastair Dalton (29 November 2007). "Rangers' Faye and Harry Redknapp held in football corruption inquiry". The Scotsman. 
  10. ^ "2000s: A Bright New Era". Portsmouth FC. Archived from the original on 8 July 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2007. 
  11. ^ "Pompey Chief Executive Becomes FA Representative". Portsmouth FC. Archived from the original on 8 July 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2007. 
  12. ^ "Five arrested in football inquiry". BBC. 29 November 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  13. ^ Razaq, Rashid (9 February 2012). "Harry Redknapp: 'My case should never have been brought'". www.thisislondon.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Central Coast Mariners sign Peter Storrie as associate director as A-League club seeks financial stability". ABC News. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Central Coast Mariners have appointed Peter Storrie as executive vice-chairman.". ABC News. Retrieved 7 July 2015.