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Grant fighting on

In spite of everything that is going on around him, leaving us as fans often distraught, Avram Grant - talking to The Pompey Site - still believes that we can stay up this season and we will 'do everything' to make this happen: 'we will do everything to stay in this league - and I believe we can do it.

'I'm very happy to see the character of the players. Teams with players missing and injured could give up. But we haven't.'

Next up for us, assuming the pitch is no longer waterlogged, are Sunderland in the FA cup at the weekend.

Following on from the Coventry win Grant is looking for more of the same as we chase a place in the last 16: 'in the second half and in extra time at Coventry we showed a lot of spirit and character. We pushed, pushed and pushed. In extra-time we could have scored six or seven goals.

'The Sunderland game will be tough for us. After their heavy defeat at Chelsea I'm sure they will want to show that was not a normal game for them.

'The FA Cup is one game - and when we get onto the pitch we'll want to win.'

It does seem that Grant is going to have to do without some more of our players as more departures do seem inevitable, which makes our survival task all the more difficult though...

Whilst the situation we are in is down to years and years of mismanagement Grant, talking to The News, also hit out at the premier league for keeping the embargo in place - which 'might' be lifted soon in some form: 'I must tell you that I don't understand why the people at the Premier League are doing this.

'They need to think that there is a team here, there are supporters and all their life is about the team. There are players who give everything, and even the manager is being disturbed from doing his job.

'I fully respect them, but I think they need to keep the spirit of the game, to give us a chance like the other teams - and I don't think they've been doing this.

'I'm not talking only about the money because I don't know the situation. The spirit of the game in England is to be a fair game and at the moment it's not.

'I respect the people at the Premier League but I want them to understand that it is not only about a situation of money.'

Talks rumble on but we NEED something sorted out now before it is too late, and he knows this: 'it's not so good to do it in the middle of the season. They could wait and discuss everything at the end of the season.

'The Premier League needs to think of all of the picture and not just part of the picture. They need to think about the players. They give everything in every situation.

'They are fully committed at a tough time. When you punish someone you need to think who you are punishing.

'I like the spirit of the English game and respect it - sometimes more than the English people!

'I think the league needs to respect it also.'

To be honest I DO NOT think that the premier league should sanction many, if ANY money moves as such but giving us some leeway to bring in free agents and loanees is something that I believe that they should do, this at least gives us a chance! As things stand we seem to have none.

I maintain my thoughts that as much as those in power now, like those previously, might not be doing much to help PFC's situation - on the face of it - that the premier league is quite happy to keep putting pressure on us as if we went down it would make life 'much easier' for them without us around 'spoiling their party'...

Today is 'said', re the embargo, to be the day we will find out if this will be lifted?

Either way we MUST fight on, both on and off the pitch, until the bitter end even if with each day that passes - and more often than not each setback that arrives - this gets tougher and tougher but as much as that fat lady might have cleared her throat and is preparing to give the final chorus, until this is sung it is not over!

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 20 2010

Time: 8:59AM

Your Comments

Got to admire your passion RUG, this is hard work trying to keep a brave face now, I dont even want to look at newsnow at the moment, because it is all doom and gloom, As much as I hope and pray that it will happen, I cant see the PL changing their stance, they want us to be shown up to show that they are keeping an eye on everything, so I cant see any happy news on the horizon, I do wish to be proved wrong though Jacobs and Scudamore!!! I feel sorry for Avram, what a sinking ship he has inherited, should be an interesting scribe on his CV!!!! Still ive got my fingers crossed!
NZ_Portsmuff
Good fighting talk from Avram (and Rug). It is not in the nature of Pompey fans to just give up!! Therefore we must fight on.
eastneydave
Well isn't that just Dandy now Sky report that Sol Campbell is suing us for 2m. Christ whats next.
Mike1954
ditto mike1954
plymouth graham
John Utaka wants a pay rise !!!!!!!!! :-)
BarneyArmy
it seems that Grant who has been so diginified is now cracking and who can blame him. Campbell is lodging a 1.75mill claim, the timing is not accidental, if Pompey are paying out he will want to add pressure to get his cut but much much more importantly he will want to be a lead creditor if we go into admin.
russellm
Credit to Avram Grant, he seems one of a very few people involved in the club who is keeping some dignity. Its only right that he should still believe we can stay up (well say he does anyway). I'm trying to hang on to that belief myself, but it gets more difficult by the day with everything that's going on - and seems to be more and more the least of our worries right now. But we are Pompey, we are proud and we must fight on to the final whistle. Somehow.
tracyc
 

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