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Hull approach for Grant?

Asked about the vacant Hull job following our defeat at Liverpool last night Avram Grant said: 'I thought about leaving in January but I saw the supporters and said, 'No I can't do it.'

'I stayed, I'm fighting for the club and do not have any intention to give up. This club has become very important to me.

'I'd ask the new owner for some stability and I'm waiting for the day this club gets some stability.'

This has not stopped sky sports news from 'fuelling the fire' this evening with their latest 'breaking news' story one that says: 'sky sources: Hull have approached Avram Grant over managerial vacancy.'

Although they also say that Grant remains committed to Pompey and would turn down any job offered to him at the moment due to this commitment...

You can never say never, history has proven this for us, although I do not think - and would like to think this will be the case - that he will abandon us at this point, then again will we 'sell him' if the price is right!? But unlike some I suspect 'no' is a word that he is familiar with and can say, as well as accepting having said to him, which I guess it would have been many times over the months!


Admin Andy has told sky sports that Grant is going NOWHERE and is staying until the end of the season, at least: 'Avram has no plans to leave Portsmout.

'He has given me his commitment to stay at the club at least until the end of the season.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 16 2010

Time: 6:17PM

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No way he'd leave pompey now
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16/03/2010 18:34:00

Would be very suprised if he went to Hull.
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16/03/2010 18:38:00

well, I think I know what would have happened if this had been one of our previous managers...
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16/03/2010 18:50:00

...and also, we're rejecting those reports. on past experiance, that hasn't meant a lot... but maybe the new guys (administraters) are more honest?
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16/03/2010 18:59:00

the worrying thing is, is they would offer money for him and the club needing it
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16/03/2010 19:19:00

I'd be quite happy fir Grant to leave at the end of the season, I think tactically he has been very average. We can't let him go before then and he won't want to go from one relegation fodder to another; he also won't want to miss out on the chance of an FACup for his troubles. Quite happy for him to go at the end of the season though.
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16/03/2010 20:21:00

russellm its not fair saying he is average on his tactics,look at what he has to work with,its not the greatest team in the world is it and for strength in depth whats he got to call on,about 7 defensive midfielders and not much else,give the guy a break,he cant be that bad on tactics to have taken chelsea as far as he did,and look at where we are in the cup aswell.
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16/03/2010 20:47:00

It a fckin early for an April fool's joke. Hull are a desperate club & they won't survive. An obscene call by them just as we are about to play them.
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16/03/2010 22:06:00

AVRAM GRANT is still the only one ever, that took chelsea to the champs final, as the better side(they lose to MU because of a bad luck). Not mourinho took chelsea to the champs final and not anyone who come after him, except of AVRAM GRANT. Russel, you've better hush and not react like an irritating child, that know something, anything, about tactics, when you are talking about the only manager ever, that took chelsea to the champs final, as the better side, especially when he replaced Mourinho when they spotted 6 or 7 in the league. AG know everything and anything, tactically and strategically and the players fight for him. if that wasn't the case, pompey would have tottaly collapsed right now. Supporters like you russel, there are plenty in chelsea, that's why after AVRAM GRANT lost in the champs final(when chelsea was the better side), he was dismissed "for a bigger name" that even not close to the ability of chelsea under AG rule. but hey, pompey is not chelsea and has no budget like chelsea and AG could choose to manage standard league teams from england, italy or spain and not a collapsed club. but hey, one russel can't spoil a huge crowd, with heart, passion and wisdom and the fact that AG, win the polls here with more than 80% that claim that the most important thing for pompey, more than anything else, is that AG will stay next year, talking for itself. I don't know if AG will stay or not, it's depend on him, but the huge love of the crowd, is an important motive in his decision.
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16/03/2010 22:07:00

An attempt by Hull to de-stabilise us before the weekend. It won't work though as AG immediately rebuffed them, might even backfire. The man's a hero really, he's gone up most people's etimation, not just a Pompey.
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16/03/2010 22:29:00

to be fair i know where russ is coming from and i guess in a way i agree...i like grant, the repore that he has with the fans is something else and he genuinely does care - you can see this, altho tactically, little to play with - which is true - or not you have to look at it objectively and say that i think points have been lost when changes in players/formation could have seen otherwise. he has had so much ***** and has little to work with but the same could be said of hart and he was not cut as much slack was he? nor adams i guess. they were slated for tactical flaws. whilst grant HAS NOT had as many as them and has made some minor changes, sometimes these 'might' have been left too late? the formation being used with us, not that i am saying ANY formation would, it not really working is it. yep it worked with chelski, but that was chelski and lets face it you would expect success given what he had a chelski...
like i say i am not knocking grant, far from it i really like the guy and it is fantastic to have a manager that really does care, but his often one dimensional approach is not always going to cut it is it and 'if' we sort things out over the summer and 'if' he stays on a more 'even' playing field would people give him as much leeway?
clearly i DO NOT want him to go now, and would be happy for him to stay next season do not get me wrong, but have to say in all honesty if it was a choice between keeping grant or keeping 15pts at the start of next season then i would have to say that keeping 15pts is more important - and voted that recently...
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16/03/2010 22:37:00

Looks like Hull are scraping the barrel and going for Iain Dowie - good old 50pence head ! Should add a bit of spice to the game !! PUP
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17/03/2010 09:30:00

3 good things this year. 1) Avram (Dont agree he is tactically inept, Do agree he has blunt tools so be fair). 2) Wemberlee, Wemberlee ( A chance to forget all the bad times). 3) Admin Andy, may upset a few but atleast we now know we still have a club, and it WILL be put back on track, unlike Storrie telling us one thing, and doing another. So Hope Avram does stay, Hope Andy gets us a Buyer, and Hope we all enjoy a Day in Wembley regardless of anything else.
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17/03/2010 10:55:00

Cheeky monkeys, Hull City trying to take our Avram away from us. Glad it backfired on them! Still was hoping they would stay managerless till after Saturday, but we can still win.
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17/03/2010 19:32:00


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