Avram Grant

Avram Grant: We might play a weak team

By Danny Caro, March 19, 2010

Avram Grant, the Portsmouth manager, has issued a warning that he could play weakened teams for the rest of the Premier League campaign after the team were hit with a nine-point penalty for entering administration, effectively sealing their relegation to the Championship.

Having booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final – where they await the winner of the Fulham vs Spurs replay –Grant’s decision could impact on teams at both ends of the table.

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Hull City approach Avram Grant

March 16, 2010

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has been approached to take over at Hull City, according to reports.

The Tigers are searching for a new manager after parting company with Phil Brown yesterday.

The Israeli has previously stated that he is committed to his role with the troubled South Coast club.

Last night, Portsmouth lost 4-1 against Liverpool but they are still in the FA Cup, awaiting the winner of the Fulham/Spurs replay.

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Avram Grant charged by FA

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2010

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after squaring up to a referee during a Premier League match on Tuesday night.

Infuriated by several decisions by ref Kevin Friend, the Israeli stormed on to the pitch at half time in the match against Sunderland.

Grant saw his team denied two penalty claims and have a player sent off. He was forced to watch the second half from the stands.

He has until next Thursday to respond to the charge, which will be heard by 5 March.

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Avram Grant's wife: He loves massages

By Jessica Elgot, February 4, 2010

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant’s wife has claimed her husband only visited a “massage parlour” because he is “crazy about massages”.

Israeli Mr Grant, 54, was pictured by a Sun photographer leaving a “massage parlour” near Portsmouth’s training ground, on an industrial estate near the village of Horton Heath, where prostitutes allegedly charge £130-an-hour.

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Avram Grant's uncertain future at Portsmouth

By Simon Griver, February 4, 2010

Avram Grant has described the continuing crisis at Portsmouth as the most challenging of his life.

The manager this week hit out at the owners over “broken promises” as he battles to save the crisis club from relegation.

Prior to Wednesday’s Premier League match against Fulham, Grant, 54, spoke of his disappointment about the dealings in the transfer window, where key players Younes Kaboul and Asmir Begovic were sold. But the club’s need to sell was not a surprise to the Israeli.

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Portsmouth's Avram Grant caught in brothel

By Jessica Elgot, February 4, 2010

The Premiership manager caught by a tabloid reporter visiting a brothel has been revealed as Portsmouth manager Israeli Avram Grant.

Father-of-two Mr Grant, 54, was pictured leaving a “massage parlour” near Portsmouth’s training ground, on an industrial estate near the village of Horton Heath, where prostitutes allegedly charge £130-an-hour.

Mr Grant, who has been married to Israeli television personality Tzofit for 16 years, admitted to The Sun reporter that he knew the place was a massage parlour, but the paper has been unable to print his identity due to privacy laws.

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Avram Grant: ‘I'm not resigning’

By Simon Griver, January 29, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Avram Grant has moved to deny reports that he is about to quit Portsmouth over the imminent sale of Asmir Begovic and Younes Kaboul to Spurs. When contacted, he simply said: “I have not resigned.”

A source in Israel who is very close to the Portsmouth boss told the JC: “I spoke to Avram last night and he has no intention of resigning. He is certainly not angry.

“He understands that several players have to be sold but he is also bringing in three or four players before the transfer window closes.

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Warm reception for Avram Grant at Chelsea

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant was given a warm reception upon returning to Stamford Bridge for Wednesday night's top against bottom clash in the Premiership.

He responded by applauding the crowd and mouthing 'thank you'.

But the former Chelsea boss was able to mastermind a result as a 79th penalty from Frank Lampard helped the leaders restore their three-point advantage at the top.

"It was nice [to return to Chelsea], the supporters have been very good to me since I left, and I will always have a bond with this club.

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Avram Grant saviours first Portsmouth win

By Danny Caro, December 7, 2009

Avram Grant breathed a sigh of relief after leading Portsmouth to their first victory since he took over as manager following the 2-0 Premier League home win over Burnley.

Beaten 4-0 by defending champions Manchester United last weekend and 4-2 by Aston Villa in the Carling Cup quarter-finals in midweek, the Israeli steered Portsmouth home in a relegation six-pointer with goals from Hermann Hreidarsson and Aruna Dindane temporarily lifting them off the foot of the table.

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Analysis: Grant is already in last-chance saloon

By Simon Griver, December 3, 2009

Most Israelis were convinced that the furor following Avram Grant’s appointment as Chelsea manager in 2007 was down to antisemitism and dislike of Israel. Grant himself insisted that objections were for purely professional reasons, and the generally positive reactions to his appointment as manager of Portsmouth last week bear this out.

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