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AVRAM GRANT APPOINTED NEW BLACK STARS COACH - 11/2014

 

 

The 59-year-old has signed a 27-month deal to take over from Maxwell Konadu, who had been in temporary charge since Kwesi Appiah left in September.

He will start work on Monday and his contract will finish at the end of February 2017 - after that year's Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Israeli Grant has only six weeks to prepare the Black Stars for the 2015 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.

The Ghana Football Association have given Grant a target of "doing well" at the upcoming tournament and to win the event two years later.

GFA president Kwesi Nyantekyie told BBC Sport: "It would be unfair to ask a coach appointed only one month before a tournament to win the trophy.

"But he must do well and then the FA will assess his performance after the Nations Cup and determine whether he has done well or not.

Ghana's revolving door policy

Grant becomes the 32nd head coach of the Black Stars.

In that time they have also had three caretaker coaches

"Avram Grant is a motivator and an organiser. We needed someone with a certain stature or pedigree who can manage the egos of our players as well as their expectations and those of Ghanaians in general.

"He has managed a lot of top-class players, and [coping with high profile players] has been the bane of many African coaches. We believe his quality will turn things around for us."

Ghana, who topped their qualification group for next year's showpiece, will find out their opponents in Equatorial Guinea when the draw is made on 3 December.

The tournament will be held between 17 January and 8 February.

Grant, who as Chelsea boss suffered defeat by Manchester United in the 2008 European Champions League final, was most recently the technical director at Thai side BEC Tero Sasana.

His previous coaching role was at Partizan Belgrade from 2012 to 2014, during which time he steered the club to their fifth consecutive Serbian championship.

As well as spells in charge of English clubs Portsmouth and West Ham, Grant has international experience having spent four years at the helm of Israel's national side.

There had been been concerns that Grant's nationality could prevent him gaining access to some North African countries.

Earlier in the week, Nyantekyie told BBC Sport "that is an issue"but says the two parties will deal with it.

"The holder of an Israeli passport will not only be denied entry into North African countries, he will be denied into some Arab countries," he said.

"He has brought an alternative way of dealing with it.

There is a satisfactory arrangement to arrest his threat.

Very soon, in a matter of months, we should clear that."

 

28 Nov 2014
(BBC Sport UK)

 

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Avram Grant
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 03/2015

 

Personal information
Full name

Avraham Grant
Date of birth
6 February 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth
Petah Tikva, Israel


Teams managed

Hapoel Petah Tikva (youth)
1972–1986

Hapoel Petah Tikva
1986-1991

Maccabi Tel Aviv
1991-1995

Hapoel Haifa
1995-1996

Maccabi Tel Aviv
1996-2000

Maccabi Haifa
2000–2002

Israel
2002-2006

Chelsea
2007-2008

Portsmouth
2009–2010

West Ham United
2010-2011

Partizan Belgrade
2012

BEC Tero Sasana (Technical Director)
2014-

Ghana
2014-2017

 

Avraham "Avram" Grant, born Avraham Granat on 6 February 1955, is an Israeli football manager. 

Grant has spent the majority of his career coaching and managing in Israel, winning a number of national league and cup victories with different teams, and also managing the Israeli national team for four years.

Grant moved to England in 2006 to become Technical Director of Portsmouth before being appointed Director of football at Chelsea in July 2007. 

Two months later, in September 2007, following the departure of José Mourinho, Grant was appointed manager of Chelsea. 

Despite steering the team into the Champions League final, the League Cup final and contesting the Premier League title to the last day, his contract was terminated at the end of the season.

Grant returned to Portsmouth as Director of football in October 2009, and was made manager the following month.

After the club's relegation to the Football League Championship Grant resigned and, on 3 June 2010, was appointed as manager of West Ham United, a role he held up until 15 May 2011, when he was sacked after the club was relegated to the Football League Championship.

On 13 January 2012, Avram Grant was named the new manager of Partizan Belgrade.

After guiding Partizan to their fifth consecutive Serbian championship, Grant resigned on 14 May 2012. 

He is currently the coach of the Ghana national football team.