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Storrie insists Gaydamak not to blame for Portsmouth drama

Portsmouth chief Peter Storrie insists former club owner Sacha Gaydamak isn't to blame for their problems this season.

Storrie has dismissed the notion the club's hierarchy should have seen the danger coming that nearly pushed Pompey into administration before new owner Ali Al Faraj secured the club's future.

He told The News: "Sacha, along with Harry (Redknapp), brought great success to this football club in terms of the quality of players they brought in, where we finished in the league and winning the FA Cup.

"Crikey, you can't get much more than that. Sacha's way of running the club was that he would effectively finance the transfers and the excess on players' wages.

"Harry was told that the funds were available from the owner and Harry built a pretty good team here.

"But suddenly, the financial world collapsed almost overnight and Sacha got into a problem where he couldn't fund the club, hence why we have had to sell so many players to survive.

"The problem was - and this is the danger for clubs generally - that it all happened so suddenly."

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