Partizan Belgrade taps Avram Grant

Updated: January 13, 2012, 8:19 AM ET
Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Partizan Belgrade says former Chelsea manager Avram Grant is its new coach.

The defending Serbian champions did not specify the terms of the deal, but local media says Grant will receive $1.1 million for a one-year deal, plus a $500,000 bonus if the team qualifies for the Champions League next season.

Grant led Chelsea to its only Champions League final. He was fired from relegated West Ham last May. He previously led relegation-bound Portsmouth to the FA Cup final.

Partizan says on its website that coach Aleksandar Stanojevic was fired following a clash with club management over personnel issues.

At the midseason break, Partizan leads the Serbian league standings, 10 points ahead of Belgrade rival Red Star.

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