James happy with Grant appointment
Friday 27 November 2009
Portsmouth goalkeeper David James has backed Avram Grant to reverse the ailing fortunes of the Fratton Park club.
Former Chelsea boss Grant will be unveiled as the replacement for the sacked Paul Hart at a press conference later today, just 24 hours before Pompey face a daunting home fixture against Manchester United.
Grant takes up the reins with the club four points from safety at the foot of the Barclays Premier League, but veteran England keeper James believes the 54-year-old has what it takes to haul the club clear of danger.
"Avram's knowledge is immense," James told The Sun. "He's like Yoda. His pearls of wisdom seem to be far-reaching and he speaks a lot of sense.
"He is just what we need and I'm sure he can get us out of trouble.
"He's very different and profound which appeals to me.
"I have total respect for him and he will get the instant respect of all the players. He's a wonderful bloke and has got what it takes for a relegation fight."
James will be a frustrated spectator for Grant's first game at the helm against the champions after sustaining a calf injury in the pre-match warm-up ahead of last weekend's loss at Stoke.
"I'm gutted that I'll not be able to play but I'm hopeful of being back quite quickly," said James, who expects to be on the sidelines for three weeks.
"Having United to start is some test but we have done okay against them at our place in recent years."
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