Survival the key for Grant

Portsmouth boss Avram Grant is unaware of the extent of the club's financial problems.

Pompey are fighting a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs which is due too be heard in February while on the pitch they are at the foot of the Premier League table after Wednesday's 4-1 home defeat to Arsenal.

Wages for players and other club staff have already been delayed twice this season, and when asked whether this month's payments would be on time, Grant said:"Let's wait and see. I think yes, as far as I know, yes.

"We are doing everything we can and our best to make sure this team can stay in the league, that is what is important.

"My job is to do it on the pitch and to ask people to take care of things off the pitch. I cannot give you an answer now.

"I am waiting to see if we can buy any new players in January. I think they (the board) are doing their best, they know the situation with the team, they know we will lose three players and we need the squad to be stronger.

"I love this club. When the club is not in a good situation I need to do all I can to help it be in a good situation, and that is what I am going to do."

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