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Grant back as Portsmouth director of football

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  • Premier League strugglers Portsmouth announce the return of Avram Grant
  • Grant back as director of football having occupied same role from 2006 to 2007
  • The 54-year-old Israeli then led Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League final
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(CNN) -- English Premier League strugglers Portsmouth have announced the return of Avram Grant to his former job as the club's director of football.

Grant was previously at Portsmouth before succeeding Jose Mourinho as manager of Chelsea.

Grant was previously at Portsmouth before succeeding Jose Mourinho as manager of Chelsea.

The 54-year-old Israeli returns to Fratton Park having occupied the same role at the club from 2006 to 2007, before succeeding Jose Mourinho as manager of Chelsea.

It is the first major change since Saudi Arabian businessman Ali Al Faraj completed his 90 percent buy-out of the club from Sulaiman Al Fahim on Monday.

Grant, who took Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League final, will work alongside manager Paul Hart as the club aim to climb off the bottom of the Premier League table after just one win from eight games so far.

It is expected that Grant will work with Hart on player recruitment at the club, who were bought by Saudi property tycoon Al Faraj this week after a brief, tumultuous period under the stewardship of Al Fahim.

Hart's team had made the worst start to an English top-flight season for 79 years after losing their opening seven matches, but they ended that run with a 1-0 victory at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Despite Grant's appointment, Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie insists Hart's job is not under review.

Storrie told reporters: "People can construe it how they like -- the fact is Grant has been brought in as a director of football and that has been made abundantly clear.

"He will work with Paul and do exactly the same as what he did when Harry Redknapp was manager here. He will be involved in the coaching," added Storrie.

"But Paul selects the team but he is missing an experienced man alongside him at the moment."

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