Thursday 14 November 2019

Grant close to quitting

AVRAM Grant will pick the Portsmouth team to play Manchester City tomorrow, but it is unclear whether he will still be in charge next week.

Peter Storrie, the chief executive, said yesterday that he had decided to stay and thought that Grant would do the same, despite the club's decision to sell Younes Kaboul without consulting them.

The French defender is returning to Spurs, and looks set to be joined at White Hart Lane by keeper Asmir Begovic.

However, sources in Israel reported that Grant is seriously considering walking out after his pleas not to sell key players such as Kaboul were ignored.

The manager cancelled his weekly press conference for the second successive week and is unlikely to be consoled by the return of Jamie O'Hara until the end of the season on a second loan spell from Spurs.

"We are both angry, frustrated and fed up, but neither of us are quitters," Storrie said. "I don't intend to quit and, although I cannot speak for Avram, from what we have talked about this morning, I don't think he will quit.

"We both have good reason to walk out. I am no longer involved in the finances, I am not involved in the transfer negotiations and Avram doesn't know what players are being sold."

It has emerged that the transfers of Kaboul and possibly Begovic, which are being handled by Daniel Azougy, an Israeli lawyer contracted by the club, are necessary to fund the payment of the club's January wage bill.

The salaries were due to be credited to players' bank accounts yesterday, but no one seriously expected that they would be -- wages had been paid late three times in the previous four months.

"The two best players on the pitch in our last game, Kaboul and Begovic, have been sold to Tottenham and who knows -- it might not stop there," Storrie said. "That's not good for Avram, so you can understand why he is angry about it, but at least it will keep the club alive for two or three months, maybe until the end of the season." (© The Times, London)

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