Grant: We can avoid relegation

Avram Grant is convinced Portsmouth still have what it takes to survive in the Barclays Premier League, despite a resounding 4-1 home defeat to Arsenal and more financial worries.

Pompey issued a statement yesterday denying the club had been formally served with a winding up petition by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in relation to disputed VAT, PAYE and National Insurance contributions of a reported £3.5m (€3.9m).

While that matter may yet be resolved in a High Court hearing early next month to avoid administration, Pompey continue to operate under a transfer embargo imposed by the Premier League and face an uphill battle to save themselves from relegation.

Sections of the Fratton Park faithful chanted “Where’s all our money gone?” and vented their anger towards owner Ali Al Faraj as chants of “Sack the board” and “You’re not fit to run a club” rang out around the ground.

The substitution of captain Aaron Mokoena was also cheered but former Chelsea boss Grant insists all is not lost.

“When we get onto the pitch the players are trying to do their best. I know the board are trying their best,” he said. “I hope to have some funds [in January].

“Even if it’s a difficult situation, the team can stay in the league.”

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