Ex-Chelsea manager Grant to leave Belgrade club

Partizan Belgrade says Vladimir Vermezovic will replace former

Chelsea manager Avram Grant as coach after his last match with the

club on Sunday.

Grant told Serbian daily newspaper Politika that he was leaving

Partizan, the winner of the Serbian league title, for ”private

reasons.”

The club said Friday that Vermezovic, who was fired from South

African giant Keizer Chiefs this season, will be the new coach.

Grant took over in January. He has been relentlessly criticized

by the fans for losing three matches this season to Belgrade rival

Red Star.