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Redknapp backs Grant to succeed

Harry Redknapp has joined what seems to be an ever growing list of people backing Avram Grant to be a success at Chelsea, with him now having taken over as Chelsea manager following Jose Mourinho's shock departure.

Redknapp admitted that he too was surprised at Mourinho's departure, but Grant's appointment did not surprise him too much, with this being something that he could see happening when he left his role with Pompey as Director of Football to take up a similar post with Chelsea during the summer.

Mourinho can be an acquired taste, but you cannot help but like the fella, he is a true character and a great manager, so to be honest I hope that this will not be the last that we see of him managing in this country.

As for Grant, this was a move that has seemed on the cards for a while really, even if it had been dismissed. Clearly I do not know the goings on at Chelsea, but Mourinho, despite what he might have said was not overly comfortable with Grant's appointment, nor was Redknapp when he originally came to Pompey, as he does not like a man overlooking him, as we know all too well.

Some people were not always entirely sure what Grant actually did here - I was the same - but I think that he did do a very good job with us, maybe a job that went unnoticed, but weather or not he can do the top job with Chelsea, only time will tell. I will wish him well but I am not quite sure, either way I can only see him being a short-term solution, but you never know?

Really I could say I couldn't give a monkies what is going on at Chelsea, but that would be a bit of a lie, as my old man - although a Pompey fan born and raised, as well as being a former Pompey schoolboy - did actually grow up more as a Chelsea fan in the 60's and 70's.

He has a lot of time and interest in Pompey, but although he tries to plea innocence that he has little, or no interest in Chelsea now, I can see by the glint in his eye when they are on the box that he still has a soft spot for them, so this has probably rubbed off on my a little over the years - hence I would be lying if I said I did not give a monkies what was going on at Chelsea.

Good luck to Grant and Mourinho for that matter, if he ever fancies a job at Pompey I would not expect too many people would say no to him!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 21 2007

Time: 7:00AM

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Rarely does HR slag a fellow pro, but I doubt if all the Chelski players & fans will agree. Maybe he can sign nephew Frank in the January window.
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21/09/2007 10:17:00

as i say this is something that seemed destined to happen from the moment he left, but im not convinced that he will be the boss for too long, january or the end of the season max...
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21/09/2007 11:50:00

well, i have a feeling that it was what abramovich planned the moment avram left us. on Sky Sports News, when theywere introducing Grant, they suggested that he could be there to be romans "YES" man. Tactuicly, i am told avram is very gifted, so i can see him doing quite ell, but not that well...
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21/09/2007 18:27:00

It will be difficult when it appears the players are so angry about Jose going. He has no coaching pedigree, and he will go as soon as Roman gets hacked off with him. He had the best young coach in the game, and now he ahs been allowed to go.
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21/09/2007 19:58:00

Grant was inconspicuous with us, but he has had the effect at Chelsea a certain Serbian had here at Fratton
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21/09/2007 21:26:00

Zajec returns!
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21/09/2007 21:26:00

i agree Owenspompey mourinho is the best young coach in the game - arguably best coach full stop - no two ways about it... great is probably used to freely these days but mourinho is great! us english fellas can take some comfort from the fact that one of our own, sir bobby taught him a thing or two didnt he...
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21/09/2007 23:57:00

yep, its a story we know all too well here isnt it paultsmouth, we could have told chelski this would happen when grant went there - infact i think we did...
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21/09/2007 23:58:00

Madness to let Jose go, for whatever reason. Roman may have all the money in the world but if he wants a successful club he has to accept he does not know best and let somebody else take control and realise his dream for him. If Grant is a yes man then I think we'll see Roman buying the worlds best and expecting Grant to make them tick - It's destined for failure.. and I'm going to sit back and enjoy watching it happen - I'm not a chelsea fan at all but I think in Jose they probably had the worlds best - Rich Roman has thorn his dummy out of his pram once to often..
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22/09/2007 11:18:00

What odds would I get for Chelsea playing Leeds in the league next year ?..... I am joking!!
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22/09/2007 11:19:00

You cant knock Leeds can you, they are really giving it a good go this year arent they, and it will be interesting to see how Chelsea get on under Avram at Old Trafford, mind you he wont be there will he, because of his religous beliefs, mind you thats why i avoid the Scum, as i believe they are S**TE.
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22/09/2007 20:10:00

Really not sure about this appointment. I think he'll do okay but okay isn't enough at Chelski, with that investment anything other than the Prem title and a European title just aint good enough.
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22/09/2007 22:29:00

Arsnal for the title? Liverpool a close second - man u slipping to third as there team doenst gel, pompey take champions league, ahead of evrton and man city - blackburn runners up of the FA cup (behind us), and Newcastle senak in the intertot cup. Totenham sack jol at christmas, and slip to 10th. chelski, derby and wigan to be relegated...i can see it all riht now...
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23/09/2007 10:43:00

i can see grant not lasting very long and not being the right man for the job... i can also see arsenal winning the title, but rafa's 'rotation, rotation, rotation' policy will again cost them a serious challenge, so it looks like a united and arsenal battle this season... as for pompey i still think it is somewhere between 4th and 7th...
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24/09/2007 11:25:00

Arsenal really do look a good side dont they, i dont feel so bad about the way they mullered us now, but i hope we can get our revenge at Fratton.
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24/09/2007 19:39:00


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