Former Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie has dismissed the possibility of linking up with ex-Fratton Park boss Harry Redknapp in Australia’s A-League.
Storrie was recently appointed associate director of New South Wales-based side Central Coast Mariners.
There the one-time Blues chief, who resigned from his role at Fratton Park in March 2010 after the then Premier League side went into administration, has been handed the remit of making the four-times Grand Finalists financially sustainable.
Several obstacles are in the way for Storrie and the Mariners, though.
At present the club sit third from bottom in the A-League standings, with just three wins from a possible 17 outings.
Attendance figures have dropped to under 8,000 for the current campaign, while earlier in the season the Mariners’ home fixture against Melbourne Victory was played at North Sydney Oval – a move that heightened fears the club could be relocated away from it’s base in Gosford.
Storrie’s relationship with the now out-of-work Redknapp inevitably led to speculation that the duo could be reunited Down Under and help restore Mariners’ flagging fortunes.
Former Blues boss Redknapp quit his role as QPR manager the day after the January Transfer Window closed, saying that he needed time out of the game to undergo surgery on his knee.
Meanwhile, Storrie was chief executive of Pompey when Redknapp steered the club to it’s highest-ever Premier League finish and lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in 2008.
Speaking to Australia’s Fox Sports, though, Storrie ruled out the suggestion that a reunion was on the cards.
‘No. I look after Harry – I’m his representative, or adviser if you like,’ said Storrie.
‘We’ve been close friends for 20 years, but he has a problem with his knee, which is causing some issues.
‘He’ll want to get back into football at some stage – but it will probably be back in the UK.
‘However, I always talk to Harry about players, so he may give us some ideas going forward.’
Storrie, who has youth academies in Australia, took up his role at Mariners after a meeting with club owner Mike Charlesworth at the end of last year.
And the offer to help rebuild all aspects of the outfit proved too much to turn down.
‘I met Mike in November last year through a third-party introduction, and we’ve been looking at a range of different things,’ Storrie told Fox Sports.
‘He mentioned the Mariners, and said he needed some outside help.
‘Australia has been my second home for many years, with my past relationships in setting up academies in Blacktown and Perth, so I was happy to get involved.
‘I’ve come over to look at the whole club – to restructure the entire operation, including the football and the business sides, and put a model in for Mike that will stop the losses, and move the club to a break even position as quickly as possible.’
Storrie added he’d be consulting with fans to ensure his new employers maintained its link with the local community.
Former employers Pompey are the biggest community-owned club in the UK after the Pompey Supporters’ Trust rescued the club from liquidation in 2012.
‘My next job is to speak with all the supporter groups, which I hope to do very soon,’ he said.
‘I want to rebuild the Mariners as a community club. I need all the fans’ help to do that.’