Serbia: Avram Grant to take over at Partizan
Avram Grant has taken many pundits by surprise by joining Serbian champions Partizan Belgrade as coach from today.
With fifteen games played so far this season in the Jelen SuperLiga, Partizan have a ten point lead over arch rivals Crvena Zvezda and already look set to continue their recent dominance by winning a fifth consecutive title. Because of this it was all the more surprising to see ousted coach Aleksandar Stanojević have to depart his post which he had occupied since 2010 and had helped win two league titles, one Serbian Cup and helped the team reach the UEFA Champions League in the 2010-11 season.
However it seems that there had been some internal politics at the club which had forced the board to sack Stanojević and appoint Grant who, after a little more than four years in England, was at the point where he was seeking a new challenge. It was only at the end of the 2010-11 season when Grant lost his job at English club West Ham United after he failed to prevent the London club from getting relegated to the Championship (second tier).