Avram Grant ‘proud’ of Portsmouth achievements

By Michael Owen
"The fans are just great. I don't even know the word to say what I think about them. They are the best supporters that I ever saw."

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Avram Grant said yesterday after the FA Cup Final that he was proud of his side’s achievements despite losing out against a strong Chelsea side.

The Portsmouth boss has become somewhat of a cult-hero at Fratton Park after leading the crisis club to their second FA Cup Final in the past three years.

But unfortunately for the former Chelsea manager his side didn’t quite have enough to beat the newly crowned Premier League champions, who secured their first double through a goal from Didier Drogba.

“We played against the champions and everyone said they’d beat us easily, so we’re sad and proud at the same time.” Grant told BBC Sport.

“But in second half we played well, we deserved the penalty and we deserved more – we were one penalty away from winning the final.”

The Pompey boss suggested his future is uncertain at the debt-ridden club, saying he doesn’t want to work under the pressures he’s had this season.

“It was exciting here for me, but I don’t want another year like this, not even half of this,” he added. “I don’t want to manage in the Championship, but because it’s Portsmouth I’m waiting and waiting. If someone will not buy the club they will have a problem.

“But the fans are just great. I don’t even know the word to say what I think about them. They are the best supporters that I ever saw.

“They are supporting the team, they push the team in good moments and bad moments. I love them.”

Grant stated he was incredibly unhappy with the way the FA and Premier League had treated the South Coast club throughout their financial crisis, stating the authorities should have gave them more support.

“Each one of the Premier League needs to come and shake hands with the players and say ‘You saved the pride of the English league’,” said Grant. “But they punish the players, they punish the club. It makes me angry.

“I will fight against something I think is wrong. You saw today what Portsmouth did on the pitch.

“They should send a letter to the players saying thank you. You saved us, you will be in Europe next season and we will give each one of you a medal because you were good. That is what I think.

“The English league shot itself in the foot. The players respected the Premier League when the Premier League didn’t respect the players.”

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