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An open letter to Avram Grant!

An open letter to Avram Grant!

Dear Mr Grant

Footballers, manager, coaches, owners etc. come and go, this, as sure as light will follow the darkness of night, is a fact of life in football - and we all accept this, hence why I rarely, if ever, make an open ended plea for someone in this field to 'stick around,' as it does not often happen...

Like I say 'change' is a fact of life, and we get this but sometimes you really hope that this change does not happen, as it is not always needed. These changes might be a fact of life, so we get it, with the only real constant in football that you can rely on really are the fans - these will not change, or at least should not change, these really are 'Pompey Til I Die.'

Most fans are 'born into a club,' whatever club, so much like your family the football family chooses you, you cannot/should not change this - much like you cannot change your family, nor would you want to, well you should not want to, then again some are less fortunate than others. This family sticks together through thick and thin, much like a football family does.

I am privileged enough, and I DO think it a privilege and an honour, to have born into being a Pompey fan - this is in my blood and I am proud of this fact, and truly thankful that this is the case. Although those that have not been born into being a Pompey fan, for whatever reason they decide to become this once they are they STAY a Pompey fan, you get that bug and cannot shake off this virus, although this is one virus that you do not want to get rid of!

Some of the personalities that come and go over the years you are happy to see the back of, some cannot wait to jump ship and like a rat abandon this ship without a seconds hesitation or thought. Some you can understand doing this more than others and if ANYONE had as much 'right' or 'reason' to have done this it would be you, Avram Grant, right?

You have had several opportunities to have left, but did not - that, for me, makes you and bigger and better man than most people over the years and for that alone you will go down in history as a 'legend' really.

You understand and respect the qualities, values and morale's that us Pompey fans come to expect. We DO NOT care if we are spanked week-in-week-out so long as we know that those representing us care and will give it everything that they have got, even if this is not good enough. We want them to understand, appreciate and respect us and you really get what it is to be associated with Portsmouth Football Club, you understand the fans.

You have earned the right to the freedom of the city - I know there are campaigns for this, so they get my backing. If you wanted to ride a herd of sheep around Fratton Park, or opted to lead a flog of Geese down Commercial Road or whatever this freedom entitles you to do, do it but 'if' you do decide to walk away at the end of the season, so be it, I will not hold this against you at all but truly hope that you have managed to find enough of Pompey in your heart to understand how much it would mean to us for you to hang around, which again - to be fair - I think you probably do, then I would be more than happy.

In all honesty I have, and no doubt would again, question some of the tactics at times - but then again what football fan does not? Is this not our right as football fans and I am sure that the you get, and understand this! In fact I am certain you do, as you 'get it.' Some of the more recent cries against your tactics have seriously confused me though as you were literally 'down to the bare bones,' what else could you do! Although if there was ever a Pompey manager that deserves to be given the chance to build, and rebuild is probably what you will have to do, then it is you.

For me Portsmouth, as a club and a city, needs a leader like Avram Grant I feel and the strength this would give the whole community, not just the club, could be 'priceless!' Of course from a football clubs points of view solely, 'if' you are given this opportunity, and feel you want to accept this challenge one more, I feel that you would be able to convince some of those that would have otherwise left to stay on, whilst convincing others to join up and help rebuild and revitalise this club.

I have found it hard to sing many people's name in the 'blue and white army' sense as easily as I have yours since (Sir) Alan Ball. I knew that when singing this he, like you, would really understand this as he too really appreciated us and knew how much this club meant to us so I have no problem singing 'Avram Grant's blue and white army,' and sincerely hope to be singing this again next season too...


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Date:Tuesday April 13 2010
Time: 1:02PM


Well said Rug, I thought Avram was a bad appointment, not because I doubted his ability. I never felt he got the credit he was due at Chelsea. But I doubted if he would be able to manage a team of lesser quality players. I'm happy to say he proved me wrong and I for one will be happy to see Avram stay at this club and restore us to and hopefully surpass the heights we have previously achieved. "Avram Grants Blue And White Army!"
Steve C
13/04/2010 13:29:00
Rug first you have to sort out an owner. Then I feel he will see that there is a future for the club he so obviously loves..
SFC Forever
13/04/2010 13:36:00

We would be proud to have you as our leader. PUP
13/04/2010 13:43:00
Your passion & humility have shone like a beacon across the City in our darkest hours .. Let that beacon burn brighter and brighter as you take the helm and shake off the burden of our recent past and lead us into a period of stability and controlled growth.
13/04/2010 15:01:00
Avram, you've put heart into this job, something which we haven't seen for a long time. Despite all you've been put through and everything that's gone against us, you've come through it a hero, and if you leave, it's understandable. But to stay would mean the world to me, and most Pompey fans, certainly every single one I've spoken to.
13/04/2010 16:27:00
I am afraid i am stll an Uncle Avram tactic sceptic- not of the man, not of his conduct which i believe a refreshing shock in football these days. There are however still major doubts over his tactical decisions. I note that a few of the posts above come from people who crticise his tactics on a regular basis; famous short memories me thnks. Pompey played out of their skins, we FINALLY got some well deserved luck with the Ref and Spurs had an off day. I am not decided one way or the other but if he doesi will sing for him but i its not only money that got us relegated and i don't think we should get blinkered, people should consider their reviews and postings of the WHOLE season.
13/04/2010 17:11:00
Nice letter. A little premature I know, but If we win the cup or even if we don't for that matter, id assum Avram Grant OBE perhaps plus we'd have to be Sports Personality (team) award for this year. Different class. Refreshing to actualy believe that someone gives a to** for once. Brilliant.
13/04/2010 17:20:00
We luv yoo Avram!
13/04/2010 17:44:00
Grant has what Pompey have lacked in the past and that is INTEGRITY. He will complete his task for the season and then view his options for the future. One thing is for sure, because of his deeds, he is a hot property. If he stays I would be very happy, but extremely surprised.
13/04/2010 18:08:00
I would love Avram to stay with us next season, all we can do is let him know he's wanted. He's one of us!
13/04/2010 19:13:00
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