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Portsmouth would not seek Avram Grant exit compensation

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant
Was the FA Cup final Grant's last game as Portsmouth manager?

Portsmouth's administrator Andrew Andronikou has said the club would not demand compensation for manager Avram Grant if he left the debt-ridden club.

Israeli Grant, 55, is rumoured to be on a shortlist to take over at West Ham, who sacked Gianfranco Zola on 11 May.

Grant revealed before Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea, that he had been approached by other clubs about becoming their manager.

West Ham have vowed to recruit a new boss in time for pre-season training.

A statement from the Hammers read: "Our efforts are focused on recruiting a high-calibre manager with the necessary experience to deliver good football and, most importantly, results.

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"A shortlist of candidates has been identified and the appointment will be made with enough time to prepare for pre-season."

Grant, who succeeded Paul Hart as Pompey boss in November 2009, has been unsure of his future as the Fratton Park club has battled for survival on and off the pitch.

In February, Portsmouth became the first Premier League club to enter administration, with debts of £135m and were therefore docked nine points before eventually being relegated to the Championship.

Grant said that he had many offers during the season but stayed at Fratton Park because "my heart told me to".

But the former Chelsea manager added that he did not "want to have another season like this".

He is rumoured to be on a four-man West Ham shortlist along with Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce, Blackpool's Ian Holloway and Dave Jones of Cardiff City.

Holloway, preparing for Blackpool's Championship play-off final against Cardiff, distanced himself from the West Ham speculation on Thursday.

"I'm doing a job as well as I possibly can and I'm more than happy to keep doing it," he said.

"All that matters to me is getting my lads ready for Wembley on Saturday."

The Hammers have debts totalling £110m, according to co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, who have unveiled a 10-point plan to take the club forward.

As well as recruiting a new manager, Gold and Sullivan have plans to move the club from Upton Park to London's 2012 Olympic Stadium, continue investment in the club's academy and freeze season ticket prices for renewals.

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see also
Di Canio rules out Hammers job
12 May 10 |  West Ham
Grant 'sad and proud' after loss
15 May 10 |  Portsmouth
Storrie hints at Portsmouth stay
14 May 10 |  Portsmouth
Zola sacked as West Ham manager
11 May 10 |  West Ham
Pompey's Grant admits job offers
30 Apr 10 |  Portsmouth

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