Soccer: Grant to receive license

Grant's lack of a Pro license had raised the concern that he will not be able to guide Chelsea in European competition.

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October 15, 2007 06:19
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Soccer: Grant to receive license

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Chelsea manager Avraham Grant will receive his UEFA Pro License next February upon completion of a 90-hour course to be held at Israel Football Association headquarters in Ramat Gan. Since the Israeli took the helm at the English Premiership club there had been continuing speculation that his lack of an appropriate licence could sabotage his long term future at Chelsea. But on Sunday Grant met with IFA chairman Avi Luzon and coaches union chairman Amnon Raz and the three agreed that Grant will attend the refresher course in four months time. "At the beginning of February a Pro course will be held in which Grant is due to take part," the IFA said on Sunday. "Grant will get a Pro license after completing the course." Raz said: "Avraham has enrolled to the senior coaches course. Only coaches with 12 years experience in the Premier League or national team coaches can take part in this course." Grant's lack of a Pro license had raised the concern that he will not be able to guide Chelsea in European competition. UEFA did, however, permit the 52-year-old to carry out his duties in Chelsea's Champions League match against Valencia which the Blues won 2-1. Grant was given a 12-week period of grace by UEFA and was told that he must obtain the Pro license by the start of the 2008/09 season. "We are awaiting the outcome of discussions between Chelsea, the Israeli Football Association and the Premier League. But we have no intention of banning or taking any other disciplinary measure," a UEFA spokesman said three weeks ago.

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