Gay­damak is up for cup

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

Ahead of to­mor­row’s FA Cup fi­nal, Portsmouth owner Sacha Gay­damak be­lieves that the club should be chal­leng­ing for sil­ver­ware on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

The 32-year-old took charge of Pom­pey in 2006 and ex­pects the South Coast club to push the big four closer next sea­son.

“The pres­sure will rise,” he said. “We’ll have to work on player re­cruit­ment and the in­fra­struc­ture. If we qual­ify for Europe, the man­ager will nat­u­rally need a big­ger squad and it’s my job to make funds avail­able to him.”

Portsmouth have been linked with a move for Chelsea de­fender Tal Ben Haim. He would be the third Jewish player to have rep­re­sented the club fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Eyal Berkovic and for­mer inside left, Mike Barnard who played dur­ing the 1950s. Barnard also played cricket for Hamp­shire.

Be­tar Jerusalem look set to clinch Is­raeli dou­ble for the first time af­ter win­ning the State Cup on Tues­day night.

The league lead­ers beat Hapoel Tel Aviv 5-4 on penal­ties in the fi­nal af­ter a dour 0-0 draw. Croa­t­ian keeper Tvrtko Kala saved two penal­ties to send the 41,000 Be­tar fans at Ra­mat Gan wild as they won the cup for the first time in 19 years.

“It’s a great feel­ing to win the cup, es­pe­cially in my first sea­son at the club,” said man­ager Yitzhak Shum.

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