'Av Some Respect!
Having a look at 'The News of the World' on Sunday morning, just chilling in the sunny yard at the back of my house, taking it easy after a season in the Championship, I suddenly got surprised with Avram Grant's selfish-defensive comments!
Avram Grant, the ex-Pompey boss who had all my respect and backing for the sort of successful season at Pompey last season, stated in the newspaper, in an interview, that had Pompey been among the premier-league battlers this season (with Hull and Burnley), his miserable West Ham would survive! These comments, and any other comments similar to these from ex-managers, are insulting, especially from a manager who still has a lot of respect from us the fans, even after our beloved Pompey team got relegated when he was in charge after some great years playing top-flight football!
True, maybe we were under bad weather financially, but we had enough talent to stay up last season had he managed it well. Looking back at Grant's record at West Ham, you'd realise how poor he has been, and this was a team he inherited in summer. He just managed 7 wins and 12 draws. Avram Grant should look at the mirror and blame himself for this poor demise of West Ham rather than putting us into the picture to come clean.
I had utmost respect for the guy, and was hoping his West Ham team survive relegation just for him. But after these erratic comments, I admit I have lost all of it, and hope his team remains in the wilderness of the bottom 3, a place Avram Grant's team never moved away from! The under-fire manager should be thinking about West Ham's match against Wigan rather than presenting himself as a victim of circumstances and Pompey not being in the Premier.
It is unprofessional to talk the way he did about a club he was at less than a year ago. I tend to believe that managers forget too quickly, but fans don't! If Pompey fans have accepted the fact that Avram Grant didn't stay at Pompey because he wanted another challenge in the Premier League, they certainly cannot accept him talking about Pompey this way. We deserve at least some respect from the men we backed over and over again, especially from a manager who guided us back to the Championship! Relegation seems as if, it is becoming Grant's habit. Written by Pompey Malta
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