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Grant Returns to Portsmouth

  • BBC , Thursday, October 8, 2009 3:15 PM
Avram Grant has returned to Portsmouth, where he served as technical director from June 2006 to July 2007, to become the club's new director of soccer. Grant left Portsmouth in 2007 to become director of soccer at Chelsea, where he succeeded Jose Mourinho as manager for much of the 2008 season.

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie believes Grant's experience will complement the vision of current manager Paul Hart. "People can construe it how they like - the fact is he has been brought in as a director of football and that has been made abundantly clear," Storrie said. "He will work with Paul and do exactly the same as what he did with Harry [Redknapp]. He will be involved in the coaching. Paul selects the team but he is missing an experienced man alongside him at the moment."

England goalkeeper David James cheered Grant's return. "I love Avram, he's a great guy," James said. "When I first joined the club he was there and he was very active in preparation for matches. He's a very wise man and his football knowledge is immense. It's a very good move." Storrie has already confirmed that new owner, Saudi property tycoon Al Faraj, will make money available in January to strengthen the team. Portsmouth has experienced a nightmare start to the season. The club has one win and seven losses in its first eight EPL games. And last week's news of the club's financial troubles exposed it's failure to pay some its players on time.

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