Ex-Chelsea coach Avram Grant has surprisingly become Zambia’s new national team boss after a four-year break

AVRAM GRANT has accepted the ‘challenge’ of becoming Zambia boss.

The former Chelsea and West Ham manager has signed a two-year deal with the African nation, ranked 88th in the Fifa rankings.

Avram Grant has one of the most diverse resumes in football management

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Avram Grant has one of the most diverse resumes in football managementPhoto credit: Getty

He replaces manager Moses Sichone, who took over in September following the departure of former Croatia international Aljosa Asanovic.

Grant said: “I was looking for the right challenge and that’s why I chose Zambia.

“I came here for the challenge and I hope when I go here I’ll look around and say we’ve done a good job and laid a good foundation for the future.

“Zambia has the potential, we have set goals for what we want to achieve.”

Grant led Ghana to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final before retiring after finishing fourth two years later.

The Israel boss was once a constant face in English football, having been named as Jose Mourinho’s shock successor after the Portuguese boss was sacked at Chelsea in 2007.

He would have been Champions League winners had John Terry not slipped on a crucial penalty in the 2008 shootout against Manchester United.

Grant also led troubled side Portsmouth to an FA Cup final in 2010 before taking over West Ham and guiding them to relegation a year later.

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As early as 1986, the 67-year-old held his first management position, most recently in 2018 as interim boss of the Indian football club NorthEast United FC, which was only founded in 2014.

Elsewhere, Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz will leave at the end of the month after being knocked out of the last 16 of the World Cup.

The Polish FA have decided not to renew the 52-year-old’s contract after 11 months in office.

Poland drew 0-0 with Mexico in the group stage, defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 and lost 2-0 to Argentina in the group stage before being eliminated by France.

Polish FA President Cezary Kulesza added: “Michniewicz took over the team at a difficult moment.

“Despite these circumstances, he managed to qualify for the World Cup and also keep the team’s place in the elite Nations League.

“He also led the national team to their first World Cup round of 16 in 36 years. Thanks are due to Michniewicz.”

Poland appointed the ex-Legia Warsaw coach after parting ways in January with Portugal’s Paulo Sousa, who asked to be relieved of his duties in December 2021.

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