Gay­damak gives Grant the cold shoul­der

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

AVRAM Grant has been left out in the cold af­ter his close friend Alexan­dre Gay­damak ap­pointed Tony Adams as Portsmouth’s new man­ager on Tues­day.

The Pom­pey owner was aware that the for­mer Arse­nal cap­tain was a more pop­u­lar ap­point­ment than the Is­raeli with the Frat­ton Park faith­ful and took a gam­ble on Adams as he des­per­ately at­tempts to cut costs. The fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion of the Gay­damak fam­ily has be­come crit­i­cal. The owner’s fa­ther, Arkady, is liq­ui­dat­ing his Is­raeli com­pa­nies and has spent weeks in Moscow sell­ing off as­sets he jointly holds with his son, in­clud­ing in­vest­ment com­pa­nies, even though this has re­sulted in him be­ing ab­sent from his cam­paign to be­come Mayor of Jerusalem.

So for Gay­damak ju­nior this week’s events have been an op­por­tu­nity to re­duce the es­ti­mated £25 mil­lion the Premier League club are ex­pected to lose this sea­son. Portsmouth re­port­edly re­ceived £5 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion for Harry Red­knapp and are ex­pected to sell play­ers in Jan­uary.

Pro­mot­ing the in­ex­pe­ri­enced Adams not only made fi­nan­cial sense but pan­dered to the fans who were chant­ing his name in last Satur­day’s home draw with Ful­ham. Gran­thas­now­been­over­looked by six Premier League clubs, de­spite stat­ing his in­ten­tions to man­age again in Eng­land. How­ever, the Is­raeli may yet find­him­selfatPortsmouthifA­dams­fails and Gay­damak can­not find a buyer.

Jeff Mostyn has re­signed as chair­man of Bournemouth af­ter two years. He helped bring the club out of ad­min­is­tra­tion three months ago.

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