Grant fuels Pompey exit talk

Doubts about whether Avram Grant will still be at Fratton Park next season resurfaced after Portsmouth's FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley.

The Israeli has been linked with the managerial position at West Ham United which is vacant following Gianfranco Zola's departure earlier in the month.

Grant watched his Pompey team push Chelsea all the way on Saturday before eventually losing 1-0 as Carlo Ancelotti's team competed an impressive Premier League and FA Cup double.

Portsmouth will be in the Championship next term and, when asked whether the club's fans had seen the last of him, Grant was evasive, only saying: "I don't know. They are great."

Pompey had the chance to take the lead just before Didier Drogba's crucial strike when Kevin-Prince Boateng had his weak penalty saved by Petr Cech, but Grant had no excuses after the game, adding:"It's a day (when) I'm very proud and very sad.

"I'm sad because we couldn't win the game, but it's been an unbelievable season and something I won't forget.

"We win as a team and lose as a team. It happens even to the best. Unfortunately it's happened to me twice. What can you do?

"We played tactically very well, we gave everything. The fans were great. Unfortunately we couldn't win."

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