Grant and Pom­pey could’ve been a match made in heaven

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IWAS DIS­AP­POINTED that A v r a m Gr a nt was not given the man­ager’s job at Portsmouth. I have no doubt that this opin­ion won’t be shared by other na­tional jour­nal­ists and yes, it would’ve given me plenty of col­umn inches for the next few months. But I’m say­ing this as a foot­ball fan as I want to see him given a sec­ond chance in the Premier League af­ter the job he did at Chelsea.

As men­tioned on June 20, when Ro­man Abramovich ap­pointed Luiz Felipe Sco­lari as his re­place­ment, I raised doubts about whether or not Big Phil could main­tain Chelsea’s proud 86-match un­beaten home record. And I was there to see it bro­ken first hand as Liver­pool claimed a de­served victory.

The at­mos­phere in the ground was very dif­fer­ent to the one that greeted me for the Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal last May. De­spite the Blues boast­ing such a proud record, Stam­ford Bridge did not feel like a fortress.

It’s only taken Sco­lari five home league games to blow the record, and two of the other games ended in draws. Granted, ex­cuse the pun, they have played a more ex­pan­sive style, but, un­like Avram, Sco­lari has failed to beat two of the team’s ma­jor ri­vals.

The de­ci­sion to ap­point Tony Adams sur­prised me, as hav­ing worked at Pom­pey as Di­rec­tor of Foot­ball, not many know the club bet­ter than the Is­raeli. I be­lieve owner Sacha Gay­damak will suck it and see and wouldn’t be sur­prised to see Grant tak­ing charge if the Adams ex­per­i­ment fails.

Cam­den Park’s in­jury-jinxed striker Dar­ren Saf­fer faces a lengthy spell on the side­lines af­ter tear­ing his ham­string. Saf­fer, who was in the form of his life with 11 goals in three games, said: “It’s taken me 39 years to play like this and is typ­i­cal of my luck. This was my best start to a sea­son for years. I knew it was too good to last.”

Nick Good­maker has taken charge at Mon­tana Boca United B. He said: “My main aim in the com­ing weeks is to forge a closer re­la­tion­ship be­tween the play­ers of the A and B teams. For a num­ber of sea­sons the teams have been run com­pletely sep­a­rate which has not been ben­e­fi­cial to the club. I am now on the look­out for new play­ers to add to the squad.”

FC Team leg­end Mitch Young scored his 100th goal for the club in just three sea­sons while on duty for the club’s Sun­day B team.

Af­ter 14 years ref­er­ee­ing, Richard Jaye will make his tele­vi­sion de­but on Novem­ber 17 for the Blue Square Premier match be­tween Craw­ley Town and Eb­s­fleet on Se­tanta Sports.

East Lon­don Knights player-man­ager James Ryan hopes to lead the Divi­sion Four high-fly­ers to a JC Cyril Anek­stein Cup win over sec­ond divi­sion Tem­ple For­tune.

Ryan said: “I’ll be play­ing a very strong team and hop­ing we can go through to the next round. It’s go­ing to be a hard game but if my play­ers can play from the first minute then we should have a good chance.”

Tie of the round sees Faith­fold A host Bafana Bafana.

FC Team A have made a clean sweep of my Oc­to­ber awards. Sum­mer sign­ing Richard Sal­mon pips Adam Gold­smith to the post for the top player ac­co­lade. Adam New­some, FC Team’s joint-man­ager, said: “Richard has been out­stand­ing this month. He has de­liv­ered some fan­tas­tic per­for­mances in some hugely im­por­tant games.”

New­some has led the Divi­sion Three team to eight straight wins in­clud­ing back-to-back vic­to­ries over ti­tle ri­vals L’Equipe. See Danny Caro’s week­end roundup at thejc.com Email dannycaro@thejc.com Now see Danny Caro’s blog at thejc. com/blogs/danny-caro

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