Date:Sunday July 8 2007
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?
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday July 8 2007
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