Portsmouth have confirmed Avram Grant has returned to the club as director of football.
Sky Sports News revealed earlier that Grant was in talks with Pompey and now they have confirmed his return to Fratton Park.
Grant served in that role for just over 12 months alongside former manager Harry Redknapp before he departed for Chelsea in 2007.
Grant eventually became Chelsea manager, succeeding Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, and he guided the Blues to the UEFA Champions League final where they lost to Manchester United on penalties.
However Portsmouth have confirmed Paul Hart’s position is not under the threat from the arrival of the Israeli coach.
But less than 48 hours after Ali Al-Faraj took over from Sulaiman Al-Fahim, he has made his first major appointment by bringing in Grant.
Grant, who has signed a three-year contract with the South Coast club, revealed his delight at returning to Portsmouth.
“I am happy to return to the best league in the world, the English league,” he told Israeli website One.