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Goodbye And Thank You Uncle Avram - And Good Luck!



I honestly don't remember another Pompey manager who has built up such a rapport with the supporters. The only one who came close was Alan Ball.

He came in just as the club was in the process of imploding, when the sheer depth of the club's mess was just beginning to emerge. He went unpaid, as did his players, some of whom started to get sold off behind his back. There was also the transfer embargo, which meant that we couldn't even extend O'Hara's loan for a few weeks, never mind sign anybody.

We didn't know what to expect when Avram rejoined the club. He has a rather dour exterior, as has often been described in the press as having the 'demeanour of a funeral director'. That's why we were so pleasantly surprised at half-time at the Sunderland match. We were all fuming at the ref, and Avram stormed out to confront him. He got fined and sent to the stand, and he won our hearts over.

Then the most amazing cup run followed. If you'd had told us in January what was going to happen, we'd have all laughed our socks off. To say you're going to go back to the cup final, and on the way you're going to beat the scummers 4-1 in their own back yard and then take 'Arry's lot in the semi.

Avram has had a team cobbled together mainly from loan signings and freebies. None of them were players he brought in himself. He's suffered the points deduction, not being allowed to take our European place, and the indignity of all the effects of the club's complete mismanagement. And in doing so, he's rallied his troops and put out a team who's spirit matches the passion of the Pompey fans.

And he 'gets' the Pompey fans completely. He understands our passion for the club. And he loves us for it. And he told us so. His worshipping gesture at the scummer game said that, and he has said it himself many times.

He never lied to us. He never said that he was going to stay at Fratton Park. He didn't even commit to the end of the season. He's been totally honest and said he didn't know what was going to happen. And he hasn't walked out in the middle of the season with a match to play next day.

Uncle Avram, I really wish you were staying at Pompey. But I understand why you are leaving, and I wish you all the luck in the world. I really, genuinely do. Thank you so so much.

Written by tracyc.

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Date:Tuesday May 18 2010

Time: 11:12AM

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totally agree. He'd be mad to stay at the club, with no assurances for the future, and the prospect of having whats left of the team ripped out. Especially when he will have a flood of offers coming in from west ham and abroad. However, he stuck around untill the end of the season, going above the call of duty, and for that, i love the man!
pompeycarpet
Well said Tracy! He has given a lesson to other managers on how to behave and what to say (and importantly what not to say if you don't mean it !). He can leave with his head held high and with our blessings (not many can say that after relegation). He has given the club long enough for them to sort out the issues required to keep him, and I wish him well.....I wasn't sure about his appointment, but boy he's made me eat my words! thanks Avram PUP
BarneyArmy
Hope he is appreciated wherever he goes.
Gandor1
Agree with everything said above. Avram you are a true Gent and you have won the hearts of the Pompey faithfull. Just wish you well wherever you go (more than likely West Ham) and hope you get security and a budget to work your magic with. Thanks Avram
blarmy
He has not gone yet people. Not that I doubt think he wont go, but let's not get carried away yet.
sneakay
Just a shame Avram was't there from the beginning. We might have stayed up even with the 9 point penalty. Shalom & thank you Avram. Never to be forgotten.
storagematt
The BBC are reporting "Portsmouth's administrator Andrew Andiron has said the club would not demand compensation for manager Avram Grant if he left the debt-ridden club." Is this a 'thank you' gesture or a slight 'push'.
PFCblue
Probably an under the table deal done by our illustrious leaders to "smooth" the way - brown envelopes galore !! Transparency my arse
BarneyArmy
If your reading this Avram (which I doubt), then I would just like to tell you that you have done a fantastic job this season, You have certainly changed a few peoples attitudes towards you (even on this site) We are not often faced with too much integrity it seems in this world of football, but you have shone through as an example of what football (Managers/staff/players) should be like, in the same way that our supporters have shown the way (by far and away the most loyal fans in the land). We would all love for you too stay next year, but regretably would understand if you chose not to, if that is the case then like Tracey and the others on here I wish you well, and much success for the future. PTID
NZ_Portsmuff
Actually this was not meant to go on yet, cos he hasn't left yet, but never mind . . .
tracyc
 

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