Peter Storrie is back in football – this time with Hampshire Premier League strugglers Liss Athletic.
The controversial former Pompey chief executive has joined the Newman Collard Ground outfit as a committee member.
Storrie’s link to Liss – who lost 29 of their 32 league games last season – is that his step son, Alex Cawley, is assistant manager of the reserve team.
It’s the Liss Athletic chairman’s role that Storrie now has his eyes firmly set on after putting his name forward for the position ahead of the club’s AGM later this month.
A vote will be taken to determine whether his bid will be successful on Monday, June 27. If it is, the role will be Storrie’s first since he stepped down as chief executive at Fratton Park in March 2010 after the then Premier League side entered administration.
The 58-year-old is still considered a hugely unpopular figure among many Blues supporters for his part in the build-up to the club’s dramatic financial meltdown.
But Liss secretary Nick Barnes believes Storrie’s leadership can only steer them to a brighter future.
‘I only see this as a positive situation for us at Liss,’ said Barnes.
‘He will be a good figurehead for the club as he is very well known – I certainly can’t think of anyone more well known than him who has been involved at Liss in the past.
‘He is keen to help a local football club and, with his past involvement in football, he offers us a depth of knowledge which will be useful to our future. We are trying to restructure and regrow the club and Peter has been helping us with that already.
‘We will be having meetings or discussing an issue and Peter will be very calm about things and suggest a different way of solving the problem.
‘Through his experience and contacts he may say to us “what about doing it this way” or “have you tried to do it like this?”.
‘In recent seasons we have been fighting to keep this club going and on the senior side of things we are almost having to reset the club up.
‘When Peter came and offered his services to us, this was a real bonus factor in helping us to continue this work.’
Barnes added there had been no negative comments from fans following Storrie’s participation in club matters.
‘The youth section of the club held a fun day recently and he (Storrie) came along,’ he said. He came and had a wander around and looked at the set up of the event.
‘A lot of jaws dropped as people realised who he was but there were no adverse comments towards him.’
– Graeme Moir