ISL 2018: Avram Grant close to signing 1-year extension with North East United FC
After finishing bottom of the table in the recently concluded ISL season, former Chelsea Football Club boss Avram Grant is in talks with NorthEast United FC, where he is likely to sign a contract extension.
The Israeli national has been in talks with the NorthEast management and is on the verge of signing a contract that keeps him at the franchise until the end of next season, Sportskeeda has learnt.
NorthEast have had a miserable season, finishing bottom of the league. Howver, since there is no relegation system in ISL, the Highlanders are set to play in the tournament next season. This news comes as a relief to many the fans, who have shown nothing but adulation for Grant.
The ex-Chelsea manager had expressed his desire to establish football academies that would focus on grassroot development in the NEUFC on a number of occasions. However, that could be one difficult task for the 62-year-old, as the club is said to be in an unstable position.
Grant is known for giving a chance to the younger players in pretty much every club he has managed. He signed with Chelsea FC as their club director of football back in 2007, following which he was given the manager’s role after the dismissal of their ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho the same year – which made him the first-ever Israeli to coach an English football club.
After joining NorthEast United Football Club as a technical director in January this year, he was later announced as their head coach. Under his guidance, the team from the NorthEast won their first home fixture of the 2017-18 ISL season, thus ended their losing run.
Though Grant took over the managerial role mid-season at NorthEast United, it will be a sight to watch the team play under his tactics in the next campaign of the Indian Super League.