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Avram Grant was manager of Chelsea from September 2007 to May 2008.
Grant began his coaching career in his native Israel, and won numerous domestic titles as manager of Hapoel Petah Tikva, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa. He managed the Israeli national team from 2002 to 2005. Despite going through their European qualification group unbeaten, Israel missed out on a play-off place on goal difference. In June 2006 Grant was appointed technical director of Portsmouth.
A year later, Grant was appointed Director of Football at Chelsea. When Jose Mourinho left the club in September 2007, Grant was surprisingly named as his successor. Though his first match was a 2-0 reverse away to Manchester United, results steadily improved and the team went unbeaten in their last 21 league games. Chelsea progressed to the League Cup final, where they suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur. They were also unexpectedly knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Barnsley.
Important league wins over Arsenal and Manchester United put Chelsea back in the title race, although a late equaliser conceded against Wigan in April would prove costly; the Blues ultimately missed out on the title by two points to United. In the Champions League, Chelsea finally reached their first final, a run which included an epic semi-final victory over Liverpool. The final in Moscow against Manchester United ended 1-1, and Chelsea were beaten 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out. Grant was dismissed at the end of the season. He turned down an offer to return to his previous post as Director of Football.
In July 2009 Grant returned to football as Director of Football at Portsmouth once more, and was appointed manager in November following Paul Hart's dismissal. Results did not improve under Grant and Portsmouth were relegated at the end of the season. They did reach the FA Cup final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea. Grant resigned shortly afterwards. He was then appointed manager of West Ham United, who were relegated at the end of the season. Grant was most recently manager of Partizan Belgrade, whom he led to the Serbian championship, before resigning in May 2012.
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