Grant forgets Pompey woe to focus on Birmingham
Saturday 06 March 2010
Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has refused to commit his future to the club beyond the end of the season and insists his focus is on today's FA Cup sixth-round tie with Birmingham.
"My long-term future is with Portsmouth today," he said. "I'm thinking only about this match and then we'll think about what will happen after. We don't know what will happen. We don't know who the owner will be or what will happen with the administration."
The South Coast side look very likely to be relegated from the Premier League as they prepare to be hit with a nine-point deduction after being placed in administration. That would leave them 14 points adrift of safety with just 11 games to go.
Grant must now wait to see whether Pompey's nine-point deduction will be rubber-stamped by the Premier League. The decision was delayed on Thursday after HM Revenue and Customs challenged the legality of Pompey's decision to go into voluntary administration.
Whether or not Pompey get the green light to go down this route, Grant has called on the Premier League not to punish the club's long-suffering supporters any further. He said: "When people come to decide about this, I hope, with all the respect in the world, they will be logical enough not to do it. But maybe I am too optimistic."
Grant was mobbed by fans after he led Portsmouth to a 2-1 triumph at Burnley last Saturday. "I try to put myself on the sidelines and remember when I was a child and supported my team," he said. "These fans deserve someone who will fight for them."
Latest in Sport
Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce: Manchester United striker 'agrees to personal terms' with Turkish side
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs posts bizarre video of his Miami holiday being invaded by an iguana
Women's World Cup 2015: England secure third place as they beat Germany in extra time with penalty by Fara Williams
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners will only consider 'astronomical offer' from Atletico Madrid for Santi Cazorla
Chelsea transfer news: Diego Costa wants a reunion with £25m Manchester United target Arda Turan... because he loves his kebabs
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 4 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture