Isreali Coach Avram Grant resigns his post as manager of Ghana Black Stars after more than two years in charge.
The 62-year-old former Chelsea Boss took charge of Ghana with a mandate to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Ghana finished without a medal, losing the semi-finals place to Cameroon.
Israeli’s contract expired after the 2017 Africa Nations Cup of Nations.
“I’ve hugely enjoyed my time in Ghana taking over after the disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign and rebuilding the squad to reach the final in the African Cup of Nations for only the second time in 23 years, and also the semi-final of this year’s competition”
“And the passion and loyalty of the supporters is something I’ll always remember.”
Grant took control of the Black Stars in November 2014 and led them to the 2016 Africa Cup of Nations final, but they exited this year’s competition in the semi-finals.
Grant began his managerial career in 1972 at the Hapoel Petah Tikva youth team, whom he guided until 1986. Then he took charge of the first team and worked with them until 1991.
He also led Hapoel Petah Tikva to the top division. After that, Grant was named manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv and helped them to win Israeli championships in 1991/92 and 1994/95, he also won the Israel State Cup in 1994.
Grant left for Hapoel Haifa in 1995 and in 1996 he returned back to Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he worked until 2000. Then Grant took charge of Maccabi Haifa and in 2001 and 2002 they claimed Israeli Premier League titles.
In 2002 he was appointed the manager of the Israel national team and was at the helm until 2006. In June 2006 he became a technical director at Portsmouth.
Avram came to major football prominence in July 2007 when took up the role of Director of Football at Chelsea FC and in September 2007 he was appointed as the head coach on a permanent basis.
Though his appointment seemed underwhelming at the time, he led the squad to the second place. After a run of patchy results In May 2008 he was sacked.
Grant turned up at Fratton park in The 2009/10 season as Coach of Portsmouth and then switched to West Ham United. West Ham relegated in 2010/11 and in January 2013 Grant became the head coach of Serbian team Partizan Belgrade. He guided them until he resigned in May 2012.
Ghana’s FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has reportedly begun the search for Grant’s successor.