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Emotional Grant admits defeat

I am sure that a number would have seen Avram Grant on sky sports news back along, if not I am sure you WILL see it again several times.

Unfortunately, if that is the right word, sky sports no longer allowed their videos to be embedded into other websites and at the moment there is not even a video on their site to link back to.

This, here, is the article into which I would 'think' the video will later appear?

So, this is how sky sports - in words - describe these recently events...

Asked if he had been told that the club was going into administration, which carries a nine-point league penalty, he told Sky Sports News: 'More or less.'

When pushed on the subject of a potential new buyer, Grant said: 'I don't know. The finances, I don't know anything about.'

'Of course,' he said when told that he looked upset. 'You can imagine.

'We did a football job and every step we couldn't do our job. I am very sad for me and for everybody.'

Avram sums it up perfectly really with his 'we did a football job and every step we couldn't do our job. I am very sad for me and for everybody' thoughts.

It is the worthless scumbags away from the playing side of things that have constantly screwed us over that have got us into this position yet who are the ones that are left to pick up the pieces and suffer the most?

The fans, the club employees and the club itself, all of the ones that do care connected to this - and REALLY do care, and I think it has become more and more evident that Avram is one of these that does, none more so, dare I say it, than today...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 25 2010

Time: 3:03PM

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Avram - please please stay next season if you're given the opportunity! Your heart is obviously in it, we need you!!
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25/02/2010 15:09:00

Someone needs to get a petition up to ask? no even BEG Avram to stay so he appreciates how much we appreciate him
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25/02/2010 15:19:00

too true we do need him, but i fear, not only that we couldnt afford him, he probably has had enough. i would imagine he hasnt slept in months......no wonder he needs them massages
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25/02/2010 15:29:00

on an unrelated matter the shop has slashed its hero shirts to just over 20 quid. I really want one, then look at it with our sponsor slapped in the middle and cant bring myself to buy one.....ive been struggling all season with this!! It is the first season i havent bought one, and always full price!
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25/02/2010 15:34:00

just shows how much he likes this club.
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25/02/2010 16:08:00

o and here's the vid of him http://www.skysports.com/video/inline/0,26691,12602_5980277,00.html
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25/02/2010 16:09:00

When the administrator takes over tomorrow the 1st thing he will do is cut costs by slashing the staff, as Avram is reputed to be on a million a year he might not get any choice whether to stay or not. Hope I'm wrong.
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25/02/2010 16:50:00

Pompey fans - as one that follow Avram Grant many years(i'm an Israeli), so i know, that he is person with ideals and emotions, that's why he agreed not to get payed that long and even to convince the players to play in the good form that they shown lately(any other team in the world, would have collapsed much earlier, but because of the leading spirit of Grant and the respect of players to him and the support of the fans, that didn't neglect the club, even in it worse time, so the team shown until now, unbeliveable spirit, in comparance to the sircumstences and the historic win against Southampton, that always was the achiles point of pompey, was the cream de la cream, that no one expect in the current sircumstences). Look, i wrote to Grant in his facebook, what i think about pompey and it fans, the differences between it faithful fans to the spoiled fans of Chelsea, that even the Champ's final(as the better side) wasn't good enough for them, in the first year of AG in chelsea(and now, they wish to get back to the same spot that AG took them). I wrote to Grant, that a club like pompey has history, but has future as well - and he could be for pompey, like ferguson to manchester, wagner to arsenal and rafa to liverpool and lead the club all the way from the championship, back to the premiership. I wrote to him, that if there is a crowd that really deserve it, that Grant will lead it towards the future, it's you, pompey crowd, because you have a heart inside you, a huge heart. Well, i guess you want to know what he answered, he just said, "thank you"(so at least i know he read it and it touched him). Look fellas, we have to be realistic, i know that he has an ofer to manage the israeli national team(and israel have a great chance this time, because the other teams that chosen, are not the best). therefore, if pompey will relegate with -15 points for the next year, i'm not sure that he will stay(after all he is a champ's league finalist), but who knows... But if pompey will just lose this year, without to get hurt by points decreasing next year, then it could be more logical. But anyway, if i'm a pompey fan and really love the club, i'm chanting Avram Stay, Avram Stay, Avram Stay, in all the rest games. after all, if there is a future to the club(and i guess there is), Avram Grant as an Idealistic person and emotional one, will might consider staying, if all the fans as one, show him the love that they got for the club and for him, as the lion that fight for this club in the frontier, like no one does. Well, that's my point of view and i tried to help by sending him note to his facebook. the chants, i will leave it to you, after all i'm thousands of miles from the "park" and no one will hear me... :=)
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25/02/2010 17:01:00

I want the man to stay ; he won't, and I know this is not popular but his negative tactics have cost us 12 points at least ( I note Macca has stated the same and more) so it could be argued that with respect we didn't "do our football jobs". If the" we" had it could and has been argued, the club would have been a much more attractive prospect for a buyer. I agree that the man has fought with great dignity and is a solid person. But he didn't have the likes of Dogba, Lamps et al playing for him he is not a manager for this end of the table. In addition because of too many occaisions of confused, experimental or just down right negative tactics I cant agree he has this so far a great manager. LoL - course now I've put that on the web, we'll go on and win the cup! season been a great manager.
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25/02/2010 17:34:00

I think his grief is because he was lied to, like Paul Hart before him. Only PS and, possibly, HR knew what was going on. I've nothing against him as a man but managerially I class him alongside PH. I agree with Russell.
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25/02/2010 17:43:00

If Avram stays, he will become a legend in his own time, he is one of us, and supporting my club will mean even more to me. Imagine us shouting and bawling or way up the divisions again with Avram leading us? At last we have found someone who doesn't care more about money and status and cares as much as we do. But if he goes, I will understand. Avram Grants Blue Army! Russellm - re tactics: You are possibly right, but Avram has never had to deal with the situation he is in this season. He will learn from it.
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25/02/2010 17:45:00

Avram is an intelligent guy, and I genuinley believe he loves our Club. Unlike the "Del boy mercenary" who jumped ship quicker than a rat. The way I see it, is that unless that lying Storrieteller is sacked then Avram won't stay. By the emotion he showed today you could see he felt let down, and it doesn't take a blind man with a straw arse, to see promises made weren't kept. He's been let down just like the rest of us. Please Mr. Administrator get these bums out of our Club before they do any more damage. Even if Sorrieteller accepted 25k a year he ain't worth it. No more compromise please. It's time to start again with a breath of fresh air and new owners, throw out the dead wood and rebuild with Avram at the helm.
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25/02/2010 18:18:00

Alonrose thank you for your post and the passion it was written with. For me, it doesn't matter if Grant's tactics haven't always been spot on, and if we have lost points. He clearly has a passion for this club, and he cares about us, the fans. That's why I will be shouting Avram Stay!
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25/02/2010 19:39:00

I just want to tell you guys, how sorry I am that this is/has happened to your club. It may not be much of a comfort at the moment, but you will rise from the ashes from this and one day we will see you back in the Premiership. Good luck for the future, guys.
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25/02/2010 19:46:00

This is going to hurt us all. Many, many years ago, someone said: 'Owners come & go, managers come & go, it's the poor fans that are there for life'.
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25/02/2010 20:57:00

Has anybody read this blog? http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/mattslater/2010/02/portsmouth_fc_in_crisis_qa.html
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25/02/2010 21:52:00

Sorry to hear of your troubles Pompey family. I hope you can turn things around as quick as possible. A sad day indeed. Best of luck in the future. The fans, the players, manager and all associated (bar the fools that let this happen) deserve so much more than this. Play up Pompey.....
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26/02/2010 01:06:00

hey guys, best wishes from all of us at vital blackburn....even got a little article up there for ya lads! http://www.blackburn.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=189647 fingers crossed the club gets through this tough time, and bounces back, bigger and stronger
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26/02/2010 02:38:00

Thank you so much everybody for your kind thoughts and support. It is good to know that Pompey is well thought of, in spite of what has been allowed to happen here.
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26/02/2010 09:28:00

If he stays you will have a man that might be able to get you back up to the upper echelons of English football.
SFC Forever
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26/02/2010 10:05:00

Good luck guys - from a Villa Fan. This is terrible news. Who sanctioned all the spending??? Peter Risdale???!!! This has been threatening to happen to a lot of clubs - when will there be limits to the mad spending and inflation? I hope you stay around and get back on an even keel again. Pompy - a proper club with proper supporters!
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26/02/2010 11:24:00

Good luck guys..gooner here. Hope you win the FA Cup.
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