Pompey won’t stand in Grant’s way

Avram Grant seems certain to be West Ham United's new manager after Portsmouth confirmed they would not stand in the Israeli's way if he wanted to leave Fratton Park.

The former Chelsea manager is the favourite to replace the recently axed Gianfranco Zola's in the Upton Park hot-seat.

Pompey's administrator Andrew Andronikou was quoted as saying:"We'll sit down this week and have a discussion about his future. I want to make it clear we will support which decision he comes to.

"He's given unconditional support for us over the last four months when maybe other managers would have walked.

"If he wants to leave we won't stand in his way. We'll give him our full support.

"We're not going to hold anyone to ransom. If he wants to move on we'll be behind that. I think all the fans would be behind that decision, too."

Grant guided the club to the FA Cup final this season although he was unable to stop the crisis-torn team from sliding into the Championship.

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