Indian Super League franchisee North East United FC has appointed former Chelsea manager Avram Grant as an advisor for their remaining games in the ISL Season 4.
Accepting his new role, Grant said: “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.”
Grant 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. He became manager two months later with Jose Mourinho’s exit and guided the team to the Champions League and the League Cup final.
Grant has spent the majority of his career coaching and managing teams 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 the manager of West Ham United before moving to Serbia to coach Partizan Belgrade. He was also the coach of the Ghana national team between 2014 and 2017.
North East United is on a major restructuring phase amidst team’s dismal performance during the season. The club has scored just twice in seven matches with only one victory. They currently placed 9th only above Delhi Daredevils in the league table.
The North East club has also sacked their Portuguese Coach Jao De Deus Pires and his assistant Joao Pinho, holding the duo responsible for team’s poor performance. “He and his assistant coach have been shown the door. They are expected to come to Mumbai on Wednesday and do the final settlement with (owner) John Abraham,” IANS has reported a North East United official as saying.
Pires has been replaced by goalkeeping coach Joseph Siddy