Grant will let Pompey stars leave

Portsmouth are reportedly £60 million in debt and facing a

winding-up petition from HM 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 as long as he is in charge, despite the prospect

of his already threadbare squad being further depleted. On the

subject of players being sold behind his back, Grant said: “It has

happened to me for the first time in my life. “I needed to take a

decision, and I took a decision to stay and do everything I could

for the club. “There are many things that have happened here that I

don’t like. Things have happened here that I never accepted in the

past and I will not accept in the future. “But because of the club

and the fans, I am trying to do the best I can with this

situation.” After the high of knocking local rivals Southampton out

of the FA Cup last weekend, Grant admits he was brought back down

to earth with a bump when he heard news of Portsmouth considering

more player sales. He said: “At the beginning, I thought it was a

joke. But now I know it is not a joke. “I don’t even want to talk

about this because I came to this club to do something. “But every

week, or every day sometimes, there is a new thing and I don’t know

whether these things are sad or funny sometimes. “Everything

happens after we get a good result – something happened after the

wins against Burnley and Liverpool. “We got a good result against

Southampton and I thought nothing could happen now because there is

no transfer window. You cannot say there is no creativity at this

club.” When he took over as manager from Paul Hart in November,

Grant was not expecting his every wish to be provided. But he says

a string of broken promises have severely hampered his efforts to

keep a sinking club in the Premier League. He said: “I’m not happy

with the situation because when you promise something, you need to

keep your promise. “I know it’s not easy in football and I know not

100 per cent of the things I want can be done. But it’s not

possible that 100 per cent of the things will not be done. “I don’t

know who is at fault – I am not involved with the financial

situation. “But I’m trying not to think about myself at the moment

and I’ll give everything to the team, which is important for the

future of the club. “I know not many people believed I would stay

two months ago, but I stayed even though the situation was very

bad.”