Grant Returns To Pompey

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 07 October 2009
Avram Grant has returned to Portsmouth as director of football and will begin his new job on Monday.

Grant has been out of the game since he was sacked by Chelsea at the end of the 2007/2008 season where he led them to the Carling Cup final, took the Premier League title race to the final day and was one spot kick away from winning Chelsea their first ever Champions League trophy.

It is expected that Avram's role will be similar to his "technical director" role at Pompey when he first joined the club in 2006. He will work with Paul Hart and focus on player recruitment, using his vast knowledge of the game to bring unknown talent to Fratton Park.

Ali Al Faraj is reported to have hand-picked Grant to take this role as he restructures the club, showing us that he means business already. It is expected that he will soon plough money into the new training ground and the new stadium development when he has finished "fighting fires".

The cynics will claim that Grant is simply sitting in this role until Al Faraj has an excuse to sack Paul Hart, although that will be seen as a very harsh decision (if not unpopular) by the majority of the Pompey fans.

Whatever the plan, it's good to have a man of Avram's pedigree back on board and his employment confirms that Al Faraj isn't wasting time in getting this football club back on its feet and I'm sure there will be more to come in the future.

Welcome back, Avram!

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