If Grant's made up his mind to leave Pompey, where's the evidence?
By Site reporter
Sunday 02 May 2010 16:04:00
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Everyone seems to have a view on Avram Grant after his memorable, impassioned speech to Pompey’s fans that followed the win over Wolves and the squad’s lap of appreciation.

And plenty are interpreting it as a goodbye. The Quay’s Chris Wise said his body language was different after his public words to the fans, the Sunday Mirror’s Paul Smith says that privately, Grant has made up his mind to move on after the Cup final. But is this all just guesswork?


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Grant, in all probability, doesn’t yet know what he’s going to do. If he had made up his mind, would have made so much of the fact he is waiting to see how the future of the club is looking in a few weeks?

Grant is an honest man and one of principle. If he was only here for the money, as one or two have mischievosusly suggested on this site’s messageboard, he would surely have left almost as soon as he’d got here last autumn.

Yes, he wants assurances there will be no repeat of the impossible circumstances he has found himself under this season if he were to be committing to still being Pompey’s boss next season – who wouldn’t?

But he knows no more than the rest of us about where the ownership issue will move on to in the next month or two, so it is quite logical that he should be biding his time, much in the way that many fans will be before deciding whether to renew their season tickets.

He – and everyone- may know more on Thursday after the creditors’ meeting, and there is talk that Rob Lloyd’s group may formalise an offer to buy the club by then.

Here’s what Grant had to say to The News when questioned about his future.

'I must be honest, there are other opportunities. But I did what I did all my life and I didn't jump as quickly as I could have. A little more patience from me is also good,’ he said.

'I have always said that I will put myself to the side for the moment. I cannot make any decision until I know the direction of the club. Nobody knows at the moment. I think we will know in a few weeks and then I can make a decision. I can't decide now. My heart is here – everybody knows that.

'So I'm waiting to see what will happen. It looks to be heading the right way but let's wait and see.

'I stayed here because my heart told me to stay more than my mind. My mind told me that they would take nine points away and everything else. But I don't want to have another season like this – not even half of this. It was very tough.

'I like to deal with football problems and sometimes financial problems are part of the game. But another season like this is not good for me and not for the club.’

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