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Portsmouth Boss Avram Grant to Follow FA Cup Final By Taking West Ham Job?

Fratton Park manager apparently very likely to take Upton Park post.

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Sports News - May 10, 2010

Portsmouth will seek compensation if Avram Grant joins West Ham United

Andrew Andronikou, the Portsmouth administrator, will offer Avram Grant improved terms to stay as manager in the hope that will be enough to persuade the Israeli to turn down any approach from West Ham United. Andronikou said that were Grant to leave Fratton Park, Portsmouth would “hang out for as much compensation as possible” and consider an internal replacement in Paul Groves, the assistant manager.

Grant is the favourite to succeed Gianfranco Zola, who was sacked by West Ham yesterday. Andronikou said: “I’ve been talking to Avram for two and a half weeks now regarding his position. I understand he’s in a very invidious position, while the club’s future is unsure. But I certainly wouldn’t like to be looking for a new manager, especially with the transition between playing in the Premier League and the Championship.”

Andronikou said Grant, who has stated that he wants stability and that he will take no decision until after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, was encouraged by the meeting the administrator held last Thursday with the club’s creditors. According to Andronikou his proposal of a CVA worth 20p in the pound in the first year, then 20p overall for the following four years was well received.

He said: “Last Thursday after the creditor’s meeting Avram was as interested as anyone about what had happened and was very much placated by the unanimous vote of confidence from the creditors. However for a manager of his pedigree we’d understand if he was offered a contract elsewhere and wanted to move on. But his contract runs to 2012.”

Despite the club’s perilous finances Andronikou said he would offer Grant better terms. “Absolutely. We’re discussing that anyway. We need someone to drive the football club on,” he said. “Avram is a diamond in the rough.”

Grant is thought to earn about £450,000 a year. West Ham, who are involved in a dispute with Zola over the terms of his dismissal, would face having to pay Portsmouth compensation.

Andronikou said: “Its like any compensation claim – he has three years left so we would try and hang out for as much as possible. And when it came to any possible replacement we might appoint internally. Paul Groves has experience with Grimsby [Grant’s assistant was manager there for more than two years until February 2004].” (Guardian)

It seems that there is a very good chance that Avram Grant may well take the vacant West Ham post and he would be a very good choice for the Upton Park job. Talk of compensation may be made irrelevant due to problems arising from pay delays during his reign at Fratton Park that may make any compensation claim impossible due to the breaking of the Israeli’s contract by Pompey in the first place.

Everyone likes Avram, it seems his ability to try his best under trying circumstances both at Chelsea (where many were wondering who the hell he was) to his current post. I can imagine him really getting stuck into the Hammers job and could be just the man to get the east London side back on the right track.

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