Grant named Ghana coach

Former Pompey boss Avram Grant

Former Pompey boss Avram Grant

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Former Pompey manager Avram Grant has been named coach of Ghana.

The 59-year-old Israeli, who led the Blues to the FA Cup final in 2010, has agreed a two-year deal with the Black Stars, which takes effect on December 1, the Ghana Football Association announced on its website on Thursday.

Grant replaces Maxwell Konadu, who had been in temporary charge since Kwesi Appiah left in September following the World Cup.

The appointment marks Grant’s second term as an international boss, having previously coached his native Israel between 2002 and 2006. He has only six weeks to prepare the team for the 2015 African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.

Grant also had stints in charge of Chelsea – leading the Londoners to the 2008 European Cup final – and West Ham in England and was most recently at the helm of Serbian club Partizan Belgrade, who he guided to the league title before resigning in May 2012.

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