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'Av Some Respect!

'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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Writer:Pompey Malta
Date:Sunday May 15 2011
Time: 5:59PM


It's probably a bit harsh to blame Avram for this interview. We've all seen plenty of Pompey players and managers over the years get their comments taken completely out of context in "interviews" and features. We can hardly assume that every other club is immune. Besides, he's right. The only point he was making was that the quality of football at the bottom end of the Premier League this year is a lot higher than it was in previous years. He's right. It is. Can any Pompey fan honestly say that we played as much good football in our last two years in the PL as West Ham, Wolves, Blackpool and Wigan have? I don't think we were close. I understand that it grates, and it us unfortunate the way it's written - whether or not that's Grant's fault - but I don't think he was trying to be disparaging about other clubs. The quality at the bottom of the PL has really been very high this year.
15/05/2011 19:59:00
Sacked - and I'm over the moon. He must be the most over-rated manager in football history. Forget the quality of the PL, look at the quality in WHam. Any other manager would have kept them up. But after every match he bleated the same story he used to bleat at Pompey.
15/05/2011 21:11:00
I wouldn't have thought it was wise to mention the last club you managed, that just happened to be relegated (for whatever reason) in the same breath that you are discussing the relegation of the team you are currently managing.... or is that just me?
15/05/2011 21:14:00
My signature tag at xmas was...What odds Avram doing the double? Well i was right! with the team the Hammers have got it should have a walk in the Park, instead Avram turns a half decent team into no-hopers. Now i sincerely hope Sullivan and co suffer financially!!
16/05/2011 06:09:00
I think you may have taken these comments from grant the wrong way.he, is, just saying the quality in general has been this year. Think you are being a bit sensitive
16/05/2011 07:52:00
Word on the street is that Roman's thinking of giving him another go at Chelski.... ha ha hee hee.... :-)
16/05/2011 08:59:00
cannot stick gold and sullivan so i am delighted west ham have gone down. not so keen on brady either!
apparently grant will go back to chelski as director of football...
16/05/2011 14:59:00
Avram acted with dignity all the time he was at PFC, so credit for that. I am sure he was not happy / thinking straight when he made the comments above they lost at the death. Question though what will happen to our old coaching staff, Groves, Coles etc. Well done Wittingham and Woan
16/05/2011 17:07:00
we say 'well done' but as much as i love super guy, and respect woan for sticking around, they do little more bar put out the cones and bibs in training apparently so i know, with all due respect, which coaches i would have rather we kept - cannot see colesy or groves returning tho, would be nice mind...
16/05/2011 18:49:00
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