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Grant cool despite protests

03 Jan 2010 - 10:50:09

Avram Grant has revealed he has sympathy with the Portsmouth fans who are demanding answers from the troubled club, after admitting he himself is becoming frustrated by their off-field problems.

Pompey were held to a 1-1 FA Cup third-round draw by Championship side Coventry City on Saturday, but the game was overshadowed by a fans' protest at full-time.

Unhappy supporters demanded answers from the board, following a week where they have been threatened with a winding-up order from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

The cash-strapped South Coast club remain under a transfer embargo while the players were not paid on time for the third time this season.

Grant replaced Paul Hart in the hot-seat in October and the embattled Israeli coach claims he can empathise with the frustration of the fans.

"I'm very impressed with the supporters. They were behind us for the whole game and it's not an easy time for us generally or in this game. I respect them," he said.

"To be honest, I feel as if I'm not answering as a football manager.

"Eighty per cent of the questions I have been asked since I came here haven't been about the football.

"I like to talk about things on the football side, but what can I do?

"This is the situation and if I have to answer these questions, I will answer these questions.

"But there are enough problems on the pitch we need to take care of."


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