O’Hara: I’m 100% committed to Pompey

O'Hara - prepared to stay and battle on

Pompey midfielder Jamie O’Hara has announced he remains 100% committed to the club, despite the recent sacking of manager Paul Hart.

O’Hara was a strong ally of Paul Hart, yet has suggested that he would like to extend his loan stay at the club for the remainder of the season.

The 23-year-old has vowed to fight under Avram Grant’s regime, with Pompey now seven points away from safety.

O’Hara revealed how surprised he was upon Hart’s dismissal, who he considered a ‘great man’.

Speaking to The News, he said: “It was obviously a bit of a shock when Paul Hart was sacked.

“I had a chat with Paul when he went and I told him that it was a pleasure to play for him. It was sad that we couldn’t get the results because he’s a great man.”

Regardless of his close relationship with Hart, O’Hara believes Grant deserves a chance, particularly due to his vast knowledge of football.

“Paul was great with everyone, he was great with me, but now Avram has come in and everyone has got to give him a chance.

“Avram is a very intelligent man and he knows football inside out. The way he talks about the game, you can tell he knows what he’s talking about. I think he is going to be very good for us.”

With so much turmoil at Fratton Park, the midfielder couldn’t be blamed if he wished to leave. However, the Tottenham loanee revealed he was enjoying his time at the club.

O’Hara said: “I’m really enjoying my time at Portsmouth. I am playing week in, week out and I feel I have built a bond with the players and the fans.

“I’m just hoping we can start getting a few more results and get us out of the bottom three.”

O’Hara was part of the Portsmouth side that emphatically lost 4-1 to Manchester United on Saturday, yet the Englishman believes there are still positives to take from their performance.

“The way we played, I think we deserved better from the game. But it seems to be the story of our season at the moment.

“We can’t keep doing that. We need to find a way to get results.

“The lads played well in the first half, we moved the ball well and we created a lot of chances. So we have got to take the positives from it.”

O’Hara will be unavailable for tonight’s League Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa. He remains cup-tied after featuring and scoring for Tottenham in their second-round tie versus Doncaster.

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