Sac­chi on Is­rael’s list

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

world-class coach to re­place Dror Kash­tan. He had wanted Avram Grant to re­turn to the po­si­tion he had held from 2002-2005 but the Is­raeli’s re­turn to the Premier League with Portsmouth scotched that plan.

The IFA’s hands are tied by bud­getary con­straints as they look to bring in a big name. Kash­tan earns around £300,000-a-year, while Grant earns more than three times that at Frat­ton Park — and al­though Lu­zon is pre­pared to of­fer the right coach con­sid­er­ably more, it is ques­tion­able whether the IFA has the fi­nan­cial means to lure a man­ager of Sac­chi’s sta­tus.

One op­tion would be to re­cruit a wealthy spon­sor to con­trib­ute to­wards the Is­raeli coach’s salary, in the same way that Chelsea owner Ro­man Abramovich pays Guus Hid­dink’s salary for the Rus­sian FA. But with Lu­zon ea­ger to make an ap­point­ment by De­cem­ber, and cer­tainly by the Euro 2012 qual­i­fy­ing draw in Fe­bru­ary, it is doubt­ful if a spon­sor can be lo­cated in the com­ing weeks.

Eli Ohana, the Is­rael Un­der 19 team boss, will as­sist the new man­ager who Lu­zon hopes to have in­stalled for the friendly against Ro­ma­nia on March 3.

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