Grant finalizes 'difficult decision'

Israeli coach bids farewell to Pompey.

May 21, 2010 04:20
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Avram Grant (AP).

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Avraham Grant ended the uncertainty regarding his future at Portmouth on Thursday, announcing his resignation as manager of the Premier League club in a open letter  to the team’s fans.

Grant, the 56-year-old Israeli manager who led Pompey to the FA Cup final, was a big hit with club’s supporters in his seven-month tenure despite the side’s relegation to the Championship and a season full of financial turmoil.

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“This was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to take in my football career,” Grant said. “After a lot of soul searching and under the circumstances I’m taking a different direction.”

The former Chelsea manager, who had two years left on his contract at Portsmouth, will likely not be out of a job long, with West Ham United being reported to be extremely interested in securing his services as its next coach after the dismissal of Gianfranco Zola last week.

“It has been both a difficult and complex year, but at the same time it’s been a wonderful uplifting professional and personal experience,” wrote a clearly emotional Grant in his departing address, which was posted on the Portsmouth FC official web site late Thursday night.

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