Hammers Granted Avram Approach

Last updated : 18 May 2010 By Jim Bonner
It seems inevitable that Avram Grant will leave Portsmouth for West Ham after Andrew Andronikou failed to assure the Pompey manager that the club will have a stable future under new ownership.

Andronikou revealed that West Ham would not have to pay Pompey a penny of compensation should they appoint Grant and although their has been no "official" approach from West Ham owners David Gold & David Sullivan, it is expected they will make their intentions clear by the end of the week.

Whilst I don't blame Avram at all for leaving us for a Premier League club (albeit not the most rich or stable one), I do wonder where this leaves Pompey.

The bookies have installed Iain Dowie as favourite to take the Pompey job, which would not be a popular choice with the Fratton Faithful. Other leading candidates are Glenn Hoddle, Phil Brown and Greame Souness.

However, I think it is inevitable that Paul Groves will get the job. Peter Storrie will no doubt say that the internal appointment is the "obvious choice because he knows the club inside out" but our recent internal appointments (Grant aside) haven't been the best have they?

I don't mean to disrespect Groves and will fully back him if (or when) he does get the job but with only a few years at Grimsby (including a relegation) on his managerial CV, I fear the writing might be on the wall for him from the start.

I still hold onto the tiniest shred of hope that Avram Grant decides to stay at Fratton Park, but I'm bracing myself for the worst.