Pompey won't block Grant exit
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp will not stand in the way of any move from Chelsea for Avram Grant.
Harry Redknapp will not stand in the way of any move from Chelsea for Portsmouth technical director Avram Grant.
Grant is rumoured to be wanted by Blues owner Roman Abramovich to replace Steve Clarke as Jose Mourinho's right-hand man.
Abramovich (pictured) is rumoured to believe the former Israel national team coach could be the man to help unsettled striker Andrei Shevchenko.
Mourinho last week rejected suggestions Grant was to replace Clarke and even went as far to say he would not be around if that did happen.
And Redknapp has now spoken out on the issue, with the Portsmouth boss insisting he will not block Grant's departure.
"If Avram wants to go, it will be his decision. But I haven't got a problem with Avram," Redknapp said.
"He's a nice person. He's been as good as gold. I enjoy having him here - talking to him and being with him. I don't think anyone here could be upset with him in any shape or form.
"He's got a lot of experience and talks a lot of common sense about the game."
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has praised Chelsea youngsters Ben Sahar and Michael Woods.
The pair have been promoted to the first-team by Mourinho with the club currently struggling with injuries to a number of players.
Lampard said: "There's been nothing exceptional but they've all slotted in so well to training and been comfortable and enthusiastic when they've got on the pitch.
"It's been a great experience for them. It shows that Chelsea is a club which can bring on young boys. There's always been this image that youngsters don't get a chance at Chelsea but since I've been here they often have.
"It is good for the first-team players because they add a good spirit to the group."