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Avram Grant leaves for Chelsea

As had been expected Avram Grant has left Pompey to become Chelsea's new director of football.

A statement on the official Chelsea site read 'Chelsea Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Avram Grant as Director of Football.

'Grant will be responsible for liaison on, and co-ordination of, football matters across the various areas of Chelsea FC.

'He will also sit on the football club board and report to chief executive Peter Kenyon.

'His experience and knowledge will play an important role in the formulation of overall football policy with Kenyon, manager and first team coach Jose Mourinho and director of youth development and scouting Frank Arnesen'.

He may not have been in the public eye but my thinking is the job he did with Pompey as technically director cannot be underestimated and he will be greatly missed.

Clubs do not necessarily need a director of football or technical director but they are steps in the right direction but do need the right person. It appeared Grant was the right person for Pompey and did not appear to tread on Harry Redknapp's toes - which was essential, as we know Redknapp is a little edgy on such issues.

For all the off the field moves forward recently we have made this is the first one backwards, but the lure of Chelsea proved too good for him I suppose.

On the other hand Chelsea fans - see Vital Chelsea for what I mean - do not seem too sure on him though, you can say rightly so with the pressure it is said this might put on Jose Mourinho - but that is not our concern.

Although the thing that did catch my eye were other mentions that Grant is a 'dangerous man' and a 'manipulator', which might suggest we were right, or even lucky in letting him go in the long run?

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Date:Sunday July 8 2007

Time: 6:37PM

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What no swap deal to bring nephew Frank to Pompey?!!!!
storagematt
That would have been good Lampard and Joe Cole for Avram, good days work, no we need strikers so Drogba and Schevshenko would have been better. What did Avram do ? Is Paul Hart doing his job now or what ? Anyway good luck to him, he did not appear to do us any harm did he, and he helped clean up the mess after Perrin and the crew.
Owenspompey
My gut feeling is that he was a good guy and did a lot for us although I am hard pressed to say what. Not stepping on Hal's toes was one thing he did for us. I also feel he left Pompey a week or two ago as some reports implied that by calling him the 'ex' blah blah blah.
Et_tu_Pompeii
Yes you are probably right mate, but we have always wondered what the director of football title means, even Harry struggled with that when he came to us years ago. Will we appoint another one, offer the job to Nugent !! Harry does not let people step on his toes as he proved a couple of years ago, nearly to our cost
Owenspompey
No Harry must always be the boss when it comes to players. A good chairman recognises that and should always allow the Manager to manage. Look what stuffed Hearts and nearly brought us undone as well. Milan made one or two blunders but at least he was man enough to admit it....in the end.
pompeygray
I dont know what he did, but any loss in the backroom staff is probably bad (unless he was sacked...)...on a brighter note, the tv listings are up, and we will be in 5 games live on sky. although i ill still be waiting for MotD...http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=475495&CPID=8&clid=3&lid=1490&title=Premier+League+live+on+Sky
pompeycarpet
you pre empted my next move carpet man - a run down of our live games has now been added... grant appeared to do a good job - quietly got on with it with minimum attention, often a sign that something is very good if they go unnoticed...
pompeyrug
I was looking forward to seeing him play upfront with nugent next season as well. Hope he does well for Chelsea as they need a second striker.
The Rabbi
Him going to Chelski could be good for loan signings. Don't know what he did but he must be good at it to be offered a place on their board!
pentonpompey
Who are they going to let out on loan, Makele looks like he is staying and with the African Cup he will be reluctant to reduce his squad.Look what happened to them last season with injuries and suspension, so we would be naive to think that they will be letting people out on loan.
Owenspompey
how much compensation DID we get in the end?
pompeycarpet
I think this is a loss, having watched him coaching he seemed to know what he was doing, he even sussed out Kiely, ( i was at cherries when he told Kiely and i quote "you will never kick straight becuase you know everything and wont listen"). He has a good track record and is highly regarded in Europe. I am lead to believe he was involved in specing the training facilities. Good question pompeycarpet lets just hope its not Makalele in return.
russellm
Is the Makele story still doing the rounds or has it died a death? I take your word around Grant, and if the training facilities are as good as the plans suggest he will have done a great job, i suppose if he wasnt any good Chelsea have the power to get somene else. Tell the we will settle for Essien !!
Owenspompey
Thanks Avram Grant. ALL I'M SAYING.
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