Premiership

Grant favourite to replace Adams at Pompey

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2009

Avram Grant is the 6/4 favourite to replace Tony Adams as manager of Portsmouth.

Adams was sacked on Sunday night, following the 3-2 defeat against Liverpool.

A Portsmouth spokesman said: "The priority is for Portsmouth football club to remain in the top flight and we feel the appointment of a new manager will give us the best opportunity to enable us to do this."

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Grant: he’s still up for Pompey

By Simon Griver, February 5, 2009

A boardroom power struggle has put the appointment of Avram Grant as the new manager of Portsmouth in doubt.

The JC understands that club owner Alexandre Gaydamak would like to replace Tony Adams with the former Chelsea manager but is fearful that such a move would be unpopular with the fans.

However, executive chairman Peter Storrie, who in October persuaded Gaydamak to promote assistant-manager Adams rather than bring in Grant when Harry Redknapp moved to Spurs, has backed the former Arsenal captain, even though he has won just two of 15 Premier League games since taking charge.

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Smith does mega deal

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

Football agent Phil Smith has described the transfer of Zenit St. Petersburg’s Andrei Arsharvin to Arsenal as “the most complex I’ve ever been involved in”.

Smith, a director of First Artist Sport, played a key role in what is believed to be the most expensive move to a British club during the transfer window. The on-off deal went through a minute before the window closed.

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Tal goes to Sunderland

By Simon Griver, February 5, 2009

Tal Ben Haim will seek to revive his Premier League career after joining Sunderland on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season.

We can reveal that City boss Mark Hughes had told Ben Haim that he would never play for the club again after hearing that the Israeli met executive chairman Garry Cooke and criticised his methods.

Ben Haim, who joined City from Chelsea in a £5 million deal last summer, had previously heard similar sentiments from the then boss Avram Grant for condemning him in an interview.

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Ben Haim joins Sunderland on loan

By Danny Caro, February 2, 2009

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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.

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'We must do better against Chelsea,' says Benayoun

January 29, 2009

Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun cut a frustrated figure after Liverpool slipped to third in the Premier League following Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at Wigan.

Benayoun, 28, claimed his second goal of the season with a brilliant finish from an acute angle to put the Reds ahead after 41 minutes.

He was substituted after 75 minutes after receiving a knock to the head.

"Scoring goals is good on a personal level, but the important thing is to play well for the team,” he said. “I was quite happy with the way I played today, but it obviously wasn't good enough in the end.

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Football in Brief

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Nick Blackman made a flying start to his Blackburn Rovers career, scoring on debut for the reserves in the 3-0 Lancashire Senior Cup over Oldham Athletic.

Ben Sahar scored the winner 17 minutes into his debut as De Graafschap beat Willem II.

Former Chelsea coach Avram Grant turned down the chance to manage Bulgaria after failing to agree a salary.

Scott Shulton has returned to Wycombe following a month’s loan at Ryman League Hendon.

Grays Athletic midfielder Sam Sloma has been transfer listed after failing to agree a new deal.

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Cohen sits out a break in Dubai

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Midfielder Tamir Cohen was left behind in Bolton when the squad flew out for a winter training camp in Dubai. The Israeli has been struggling all season with a hamstring injury but hopes to be fit by the end of the month.

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Football agents missed out on £28m payday

By Martin Samuel, January 22, 2009

Of all the crazy numbers flying around the collapsed Kaka transfer this week, the one that attracted most contempt was £28 million: the fee intended for the middlemen. Obscene appears to be the standard adjective for use in these matters and it got the sort of airing usually reserved for vice squad reports, as commentators waded into the business practices of Manchester City.

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