Avram Grant awaits Portsmouth decision

By Danny Caro, February 2, 2009

Avram Grant's imminent appointment as manager of Portsmouth is in doubt after the club's board said it had agreed to give Tony Adams more time to restore their fortunes. Grant, 53, has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea on May 24, just three days after the team lost the Champions League final against Manchester United on penalties. He also helped Chelsea finish runners-up in the League and Carling Cup. Tony Adams, the current Portsmouth boss, insists he will not resign despite the team’s relegation fears. He was given the nod ahead of Grant after Harry Redknapp moved to Spurs on October 28. Club owner Sacha Gaydamak and executive chairman Peter Storrie held talks over the club’s future over the weekend. Reports in Israel claim Grant, 53, turned down the offer to become the new Bulgaria manager last month to keep himself available for the Portsmouth job. Prior to his tenure at Stamford Bridge, Grant worked as Director of Football at Portsmouth, before moving to Chelsea where he initially worked in the same role prior to taking over from Jose Mourinho. Portsmouth have won only two of their past 15 Barclays Premier League games but Peter Storrie, the executive chairman, hopes that signing Angelos Basinas, a Euro 2004 winner with Greece, from AEK Athens, can turn things around. Full story in Friday's JC.

Last updated: 11:49am, February 3 2009