Pompey keen to keep Grant as boss

BY foxsports • March 28, 2010

Grant has been in charge at Fratton Park since late November after replacing Paul Hart following a spell as the club's director of football. Administration has scuppered Grant's prospects of keeping Pompey in the Premier League, but he has guided the club through to an FA Cup semi-final meeting with Tottenham Hotspur. Grant has yet to make a decision on his long-term future, but Andronikou confirmed he has been asked to lead Portsmouth in the Championship. "Hopefully, Avram will commit to the club to continue as manager," Andronikou told The Observer. "He has done a wonderful job this season and if he does stay on it would be great for stability. "That's what is needed now - stability." Andronikou is trying to find a new owner for Portsmouth, but admits his biggest task at present is to trim the club's wage bill ahead of the impending relegation. He added: "I've got to adjust the overheads from a Premier League club to a Championship club. "The biggest overheads are player wages. I have to reduce them. "The projected turnover for this club next year is 22 to 25million. An accepted ratio of wages is 50-60% of turnover. "At the moment, the wage bill is £45m, so that's my biggest task."

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