Reports: Avram Grant to move to West Ham from Portsmouth
Grant calls decision to quit as Pompey manager 'one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my soccer career.'
Israeli soccer coach Avram Grant has agreed in principle to take over at West Ham Football Club for the next three seasons, according to British media reports Friday. The reports come less than 24 hours after Grant announced his resignation as manager of Portsmouth Football Club.
Grant tried to do the impossible and keep the Pompey team in the Premier League, despite the club's money troubles, but ultimately failed in this mission.
Grant announced his resignation on the club's website, calling it "one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my soccer career."
"After a lot of soul searching and under the circumstances I'm taking a different direction," Grant said.
If he signed with West Ham, the deal would pay an annual salary of 1.3 million pounds per season in addition to a handsome signing bonus.
In his resignation announcement, Grant reached out to Portsmouth supporters who he said inundated him with e mails and letters.
"Many have brought tears from my eyes and take it from me; it takes a lot to do that," Grant said. "Portsmouth has given me a feeling of home away from home. I might be leaving Portsmouth physically, but you cannot take Portsmouth away from me and my heart."