Portsmouth keeper James hails Grant for keeping morale high

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James has revealed how manager Avram Grant managed to keep morale high at the crisis club.

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James has revealed how manager Avram Grant managed to keep morale high at the crisis club.

James hailed Grant's ability to keep harmony in the changing room despite the unrest at the club, including the players not being paid.

He told The News: "As a team, Avram has kept so much harmony in the changing room with what he's done.

"We had the potential and propensity to fall apart at any given moment. There was a lot of unrest before the last transfer window, where people weren't getting paid and it was getting a little bit vocal in the changing room.

"It kind of dissipated quickly. Avram's instructions were basic - you have got to play football. The meetings we had and the way he expressed his thoughts kept people together. When you listen to him doing his meetings you walk out and think "yes, good" - you feel better.

"You hear about these clubs falling apart left, right and centre but we knew we were together and we kept together.

"The result, without a doubt, has given us the basis and foundation to be successful in the Cup run."