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Chelsea closing in Avram Grant again

The Guardian claim that Pompey's technical director Avram Grant is 'on the verge' of taking up a similar position or director of football role with Chelsea.

An unconfirmed 'source at Pompey' is believed to have said something along the lines of 'Grant's departure is regarded as inevitable' with negations said to be underway.

It looked as though the former Israel manager was going to leave Pompey in January but stayed, although it has looked highly likely for most of the summer that he would be leaving after only a year - having arrived in June 2006.

Quite what the relationship is like between Harry Redknapp and Grant I am not entirely sure, but we know that Redknapp likes things his way and having a person in a position such as Grant's may not quite give him exactly what he wants.

Over the summer Redknapp has said that he would like Grant to stay, but has been quite philosophical in his thoughts that should he wish to leave he would not be opposed to it.

My thinking is that someone in Grant's kind of role is something that most clubs need, but finding the right person - someone that that is not viewed as a 'threat' to most mangers - is hard to find, with Redknapp seeming most uneasy - after all he held a director of football position here at first before stepping into Graham Rix's shoes.

Something else I feel though is that if Chelsea want Grant they will get him, but quite whether they actually need him is another matter altogether.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 27 2007

Time: 10:49AM

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So we help Chelski out by giving them AG. No doubt they will help us out when we want something. They have loaned us Smertin & GJ in the past & hopefully a few others in the future.
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27/06/2007 11:38:00

but on this occasion we don't want him!
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27/06/2007 11:53:00

the fans might not want him but if abramovich does he will get him - this is what i am sayiing mate... i am not saying abramovich does not care what the chelski fans think be if it is what he wants he will do it...
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27/06/2007 13:50:00

Didn't really know what he did anyway!
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27/06/2007 17:01:00

That's what I was going to say....we were all aware that he was here, but how many outside of the club actually knew how big (or little) an impact he had in the grand scheme of things? 'Arry might miss him....or he might not, who knows!?
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27/06/2007 18:52:00

i assume it will be one of those "russian deals" so for me i would have liked him to stay but he isnt the important thing is that there needs to be some clear reciprocal benefit to Pompey. Not just a loaned player they dont advance the club at all... plus you cant let them near a B&Q on their own
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27/06/2007 19:40:00

Was it Avram that egged Glenny boy on then?
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27/06/2007 19:54:00

For some reason, and I don't exactly know why, I really like the guy. He is vastly experienced, brings a different perspective to the club and must have many unusual contacts, er, football wise that is. The fact that Redders never went screaming off to another club this last year tells me he must have got on with him to a certain extent. The papers were implying that he had resigned from Pompey so had a clear shot at the Chelsea job. BTW the better we get, the less kindly Chelsea will feel towards us, loan player wise. Sorry to see him go.
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27/06/2007 19:59:00

maybe we are aranging some kind of swap deal...grant for drogba...or something lke that. either way, i have no idea what he does, but he probably does a lot behind the scenes.
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28/06/2007 09:10:00

tbh i am not totally sure what grant does but a technically director or director of football is not a bad thing for a club to have - if they are the right person... Et_tu_Pompeii has it right, grant must be the right person for this role of 'arry would have kicked off, which he hasn't... chelsea would not want him if he did not have something that they feel they need...
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28/06/2007 09:28:00

Avram is obviously good at what he does as pompeyrug says otherwise Chelsea would not want him. He has been part of the upturn in our fortunes and he appeared to get on with Harry. We do have a good rapport with Chelsea, however it would be nice to get at them this year and give them a good seeing too, maybe Avram will pass us the info we need to achieve a result. If he does go good luck to the bloke and thanks for all that he did behind the scenes at the club.
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28/06/2007 19:26:00

whats so special about AG? surely your success is down to redknapp and it would have happened if AG was there or not. does any club need a director of football?
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