Sacchi on Israel’s list
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.