Avram Grant makes Pompey return

Premiership club moves quickly to re-install Israeli former Chelsea manager as director of football.
Avram Grant makes Pompey return
By Martin Morris
Thu 08 Oct 2009 01:30 AM

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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