Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been appointed as an adviser by NorthEast United FC for the remainder of the Indian Super League season.
“I agreed to the challenge and I am hitting the ground running. India is a new and exciting environment for football and I look forward to the pace of the League. I have confidence in the club and we will do all we can to take the club forward,” said Grant, who is a long-time friend of NorthEast United FC owner John Abraham.
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, following the departure of Jose Mourinho, Avram became manager and steered the team to the Champions League and the League Cup final.
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. After his stint at Stamford Bridge, Grant became went on to manage West Ham United before moving to Serbia to coach Partizan Belgrade. He was also coach of the Ghana national team between 2014 and 2017.
It had earlier emerged that NorthEast United had sacked Jao De Deus after their dismal start to the season. They have lost five, the most among the 10 teams, and drawn one, and are ninth on the league table with four points.
(With PTI inputs)