Tuesday 24 April 2018

Grant hails pompey's noble spirit

AVRAM GRANT revealed yesterday that his Portsmouth players and coaching team are paying the wages of four members of the training ground staff. The contrast with Roman Abramovich's bankrolled Chelsea, who Pompey meet at Fratton Park tonight, could not be starker, WRITES MARK FLEMING.

"Football is not just football; there are people who are very special whom we live with every day and I am very happy they have done this -- it has meant a lot to me," Grant said.

However, Grant sees no problem with owners like Abramovich paying the way for their sides to win trophies. "This owner (Abramovich) took the club and did more than (Jose) Mourinho and more than I did for it," said Grant, manager at Chelsea from 2007-08.

"We need to respect that. It depends on the owners and how much money they can spend. As I understand, Portsmouth spent more money than they could. But let's say Roman Abramovich 'B' comes to Portsmouth and spends £100m, I would be very happy."

While Pompey's problems began when former owner Alexandre Gaydamak withdrew his financial backing in late 2008, Grant is certain Chelsea are in safe hands with Abramovich.

He said: "I think they have the best owner. You have to remember one thing -- Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool were great before and will stay great clubs, but Abramovich has put Chelsea in the position they are in now." (© Independent News Service)

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