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BBC man returns to Pompey

BBC man returns to Pompey

I have been away from my computer for a few hours and not looked as sky sports news, nor can I get The Pompey Site to work, so I do not know how 'official' this is, but according to The News, sky sports, the BBC and everywhere else Avram Grant has returned to Pompey.

Grant, known as the BBC - bibs, balls and cones - man during his technical director spell back along, was appointed 'at a press conference at Fratton Park this afternoon' as our new director of football.

I do not think this is a bad thing, but must admit if I was Paul Hart I would be shifting a little uncomfortably in my Fratton hot seat as I maintain my thoughts on 'directors of football', especially those that really do want to be a manager, that they are in the background waiting to pounce!

To be fair I still feel that Grant did a better job with us last time than he was often credited with, and also feel he did a decent job at Chelski - then again he should have with the talent he had - but always knew it was only a matter of time before he took the managers job at Stamford Bridge so suspect the same can be said of his return to Pompey...

Welcome back Avram, lets just hope that the board do not start to get those fingers twitching too soon in-light of this re-appointment.


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Date:Wednesday October 7 2009
Time: 2:40PM


Rug; even wobbly chops admitted what a good job he did for us, so i'm chuffed to bits by this news.
07/10/2009 14:45:00
This is a good move, I don't think it's a threat to PH but it will help him.
07/10/2009 14:46:00
Agree with Rug. The point here it's a big marker of intent. A biggish name that can add some weight to our position going forward.
07/10/2009 14:46:00
Do you think PH was asked if wanted Grant?
07/10/2009 14:50:00
altho jamie's dad didnt admit this until he left did he - the 'concerns he had' were removed them... to make it clear tho, i am not saying it is a bad thing, but think - as matt says - it lays down a marker of intent.
hopefully this helps hart rather than hinders him, it would also be good to see grant do some work with the media to remove that pressure from hart, who hopefully can now bring in the no.2 he wants - if gary mac was that man lets ensure the 'issues' that we had are no longer issues...
07/10/2009 14:51:00
I think that this is a wise decision, Avram has a lot of premier league experience under his belt now and has worked with some of the best, I think he will be a handy man for Paul Hart to have around, and it shows that Al Faraj is thinking seriously about the infrastructure, which is exactly what needed to occur, Welcome back Avi....PUP
07/10/2009 14:58:00
tbh I've never really known what a DOF does - except to cause aggro with the manager.
07/10/2009 14:59:00
Was impressed with AG when on the sofa at Sky last season (missed him last Sunday), he spoke a lot of sense about building a club/team as a long term thing, needing time etc. Well this is the perfect opportunity. PUP.
07/10/2009 15:03:00
OK, like this appointment on the surface, however I just panic whenever I hear this term. Just think of Dennis Wise, Daniel Comolli, Sven....
07/10/2009 15:05:00
Good to see race relations are at a high within the club. Where else are there Saudi's and Israeli's in a business' hierarchy? Most of all it shows that we're adding some structure back to the club. Just make sure stadium plans are known before the end of the year.
07/10/2009 15:06:00
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