Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant (pictured) could be named as the new manager of the Ghana national team should he reach a financial agreement with the West African nation.
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Grant was identified as the preferred candidate after the Ghana Football Association (GFA) shortlisted several potential individuals for the post, including Michel Pont, Juan Ignacio Jimenez, Patrick Kluivert, and Marco Tardelli.
The GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, in an press conference on Friday said, “Our preference is Avram Grant and Martínez is our second choice. We have not reached agreement with him yet, but it is left with some small details which will be sorted out soon.”
Grant is currently the technical director of Thai side Tero Sasana and has also managed English sides Portsmouth and West Ham in the past.
The well-traveled coach managed the Israeli national team for four years between 2002 and 2006.
The former Israeli football manager’s pedigree stood tall among his rivals for the position having coached Chelsea to its first Champions League Finals in 2008.
Grant, 59, could be the missing link for the Ghana national team, which has a lot of young talent, but has consistently been hampered to reach their full potential due to inability of local managers to deal with the many egos on the team.
Grant has already managed several Ghanaian professionals in his spell in England, including the likes of Kevin Prince and Michael Essien and his familiarity with top Ghanaian players in Europe will come in handy for the Black Stars who have not won an major tournament in 32 years.
Should there be an agreement, it is believed Grant’s main stipulation would be to win Ghana their fifth Africa Cup of Nations title.