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I must be only manager to remain at Pompey, says Grant


AVRAM Grant wants to remain as Portsmouth’s manager – but only if he can stick to running the team.

The Chelsea former boss, who will lead Pompey into the FA Cup final against the Blues at the weekend, has presided over a season that brought relegation in the wake of a nine-point deduction after the club entered administration with spiraling debts.

It could yet face further punishment in the Coca-Cola Championship with its financial problems still a major cause for concern. Grant’s future has been a topic of debate for some time, and while he admits that he could leave, he is hoping to stay.

Asked on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek show what his message to the club’s fans would be, he said: “Tell them that I love them and I love the city. It’s a love story. If I can work like a manager of football and only a manager of football and not like this year, when I needed to be a manager of football and many, many other things.

“I don’t know if you know, I was a financial man, I was a lawyer, I was many other things. This I will not do one season more. I don’t think it is a good idea, not for me, not for the club.

“But I want to think positively, I want to think everything will be okay. But people don’t know what it is to work under the pressures we have had this year.

“Even though I know everybody has sympathy for us, they don’t know what it is to come day by day and don’t know what is the problem. When you come in every day and you don’t know anything, I don’t want it to be like this.”

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