Sunday 28 May 2017

Grant will let stars go

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant is ready to accept players being sold behind his back - for the first and last time in his career.

Portsmouth are reportedly £60 million in debt and facing a winding-up petition from the Revenue and Customs in the High Court early next month.

Those problems have prompted the club to apply to the Premier League for permission to sell players outside of the usual transfer windows.

The likes of Algerian left-back Nadir Belhadj and promising centre-half Marc Wilson have both been linked with moves away to balance the club's books.

Chief executive Peter Storrie admitted he and Grant nearly walked out of Fratton Park last month, when Younes Kaboul and Asmir Begovic were sold without their say-so.

But the former Chelsea manager is prepared to do his best for the club despite the prospect of his already threadbare squad being further depleted.

"Things have happened here that I never accepted in the past and I will not accept in the future," Grant said. "But because of the club and the fans, I am trying to do the best I can with this situation."

"At the beginning, I thought it was a joke. But now I know it is not a joke."

Irish Independent

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