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Hart not consulted on Grant role

Paul Hart
Hart is hoping Grant's experience will benefit his struggling side

Portsmouth manager Paul Hart was not consulted ahead of Avram Grant's appointment as director of football at Fratton Park the club have confirmed.

Grant, who was Pompey's technical director between 2006 and 2007, rejoined Pompey on 7 October following Ali Al Faraj's 90% buyout of the club.

Hart refused to discuss whether his advice had been sought over Grant but welcomed the Israeli's arrival.

"It is good to have somebody to share the responsibility," said Hart.

At the time of Grant's appointment Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie described the former Chelsea boss as "an experienced man" to operate alongside Hart.

Hart confirmed this dynamic between the two, saying: "Avram has been brought in to assist me."

Having worked with Grant during the 54-year-old's previous spell with the club Hart, 56, feels the two can rekindle an effective working relationship.


"I've worked with Avram before, he's not new to me," added Hart. "He helped me a great deal before with the academy."

Grant brings with him a wealth of experience having successfully managed both Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa in his homeland, while also coaching the Israel national side.

He also led Chelsea to second place in the Premier League, runners-up in the Carling Cup and was one penalty kick away from bringing the Champions League trophy to Stamford Bridge in 2008.

Hart was a vital part of the successful youth setup at Leeds during the 1990s and has managed Chesterfield, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and Rushden & Diamonds before he joined Portsmouth in director of youth operations in 2007.

He was appointed caretaker manager at Fratton Park following Tony Adams' sacking in February 2009 before being made permanent boss prior to the start of this season.

Due to the financial problems affecting the club during Alexandre Gaydamak's time as owner and the six-week reign of 10% stake-holder Sulaiman Al Fahim's, Hart was forced to sell a number of star players including Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Glen Johnston.

In losing their first seven games, the team have made the worst ever start to a Premier League season and currently lie bottom of the table with three points.

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see also
Grant seals return to Portsmouth
07 Oct 09 |  Portsmouth
Saudi completes Pompey takeover
06 Oct 09 |  Portsmouth
Storrie to remain at Portsmouth
27 Sep 09 |  Portsmouth
Hart backed to get full-time job
18 May 09 |  Portsmouth
Hart to stay at Pompey for season
03 Mar 09 |  Portsmouth
Hart focuses on caretaker duties
14 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth

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