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Avram Grant makes Pompey return

Premiership club moves quickly to re-install Israeli former Chelsea manager as director of football.

Former Chelsea manager and previously director of football at Portsmouth, Avram Grant, has been re-installed at the Premiership club as director of football, it was confirmed on Wednesday.Saudi property magnate and new owner, Ali Al-Faraj, has moved quickly to re-appoint the 54-year old Israeli, who was director of football at Fratton Park from June 2006 until July 2007, before moving to Chelsea as manager. He will work alongside Pompey manager, Paul Hart.

A statement on the Portsmouth website read: ''We now have two very experienced people working together, which will only benefit the club. Paul does not have an assistant but now has a director of football alongside him.

''The manager, director of football, chief executive officer and chief scout, will all work together on the buying and selling of players,'' the statement continued.

England and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James told a news conference: "I love Avram, he's a great guy.

"When I first joined the club he was there and he was very active in preparation for matches. He's a very wise man; his football knowledge is immense. It's a very good move."

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qq 10 years ago

If an Israeli business man bought a football club, he will never appoint an Arab or a muslim. so why Mr. Ali Al-Faraj appointed an Israeli??? I wonder !!!!!!!!

mohamed 10 years ago

your comment is totally racist , avram is a good manager . so stop your racist remarks , it's footbal not politics and sports is tolerance and competitions not a war and politics

qq 10 years ago

My comment is not racist. It is an "if statement" which is stating a fact, that an Isaeli business man will not do the same. So please read carefully before accusing others of being racist !!!!!!!!!!!!! Life will only go on with mutual respect. If someone respects you, you will respect him/her.

Mark Flap 10 years ago

QQ, can you name any world-class Arab or Muslim football managers who you think have been overlooked for jobs in the English Premier League?

qq 10 years ago

I did not demand that the club manager has to be an Arab or a muslim. He can be an English jew, or a french cristian or ....etc. What I am trying to put forward is that why we are giving respect and opportunities to Israelies when they are attacking us militarily, culturely, etc. But the door is still open, if they are willing to change then we will also have to change. As I said before, it should be a mutual relationship built on respect for each other, similar to any normal relationship.