Has Grant finally been accepted at Chelsea?

May 1, 2008

Grant shows some emotion

He has achieved something no other Chelsea manager has by taking the club to a Champions League final, but there is still speculation Avram Grant will be axed at the end of the season.

With a Premier League title still also a possibility, what more does the man need to do to keep his job?

Admittedly, he is working with a team put together by fans’ favourite Jose Mourinho but he has gone one better than the “special one” with Chelsea in Europe – with those same players.

He may lack Mourinho’s charisma but is that reason enough to not want him in charge? At least he also lacks the Portuguese’s arrogance and there are certainly a fair few neutrals out there who do not miss Mourinho’s regular TV rants.

On the other hand, Grant has yet to prove he can build a great team in the way Mourinho did, the flair is still missing and his tactics have been dubious at times.

Will Grant ever be “special” or will he be a victim of his predecessor’s popularity?

Sonia Oxley, London

PHOTO: Chelsea manager Avram Grant celebrates at the final whistle of their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United, April 26 REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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Did Mourinho’s Chelsea have more flair? Im not sure it did. Grant certainly deseves more credit..if managers are actually important these days that is. An 11 year-old could keep Chelsea in the top four. If you throw a lot of good players on a field they’ll do ok, ballack and lampard dont work together really but they are still winning

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

GRANT HAS BEEN VERY LUCKY,OR CALL IT FAVOURE.
HE IS NOT WINNING BY HIS TACTICS,
BUT HE CERTINGLY DESERVES CREDID 4 DOING WHAT MORINHO COULD HAVE DONE.

Posted by SYLVANUS C JOHN | Report as abusive

Grant is very much a victim of Mourinho’s popularity and I think some of the comments he has had to endure this season are unfair.

Mourinho was certainly popular and this Chelsea side was made by him, but neither of these points should be used to pass judgement on Grant. The man may not be as vocal, or interesting for that matter but his first season in charge has the potential to be the best in the club’s history.

Time will tell if he can build his own team and there is no doubt he could improve tactically, but Grant should be congratulated for his team’s position at this point in the season, not undermined or sacked even for failing to be a carbon copy of Mourinho.

Posted by James | Report as abusive

Chelsea played some of the most free flowing football last night. At the centre of the team was heart and a determination to win. Chelsea was always going to win yesterday’s game at the bridge… They just took 120 minutes of the beautiful game to prove that they are true european champions.

Posted by Michael | Report as abusive

I think you guys are getting ahead of yourself by congratulating Avram on a job well done. Yes, he’s got Chelsea to their first Champions League final, but he hasn’t won ANYTHING yet. Mourinho was a serial winner…he delivered every year and kept the trophy cabinet full. I’ve been a Blues supporter since 1970 and no manager made me more passionate about the team than Jose did. He was our 12th man. I don’t expect Avram to be as charismatic as Jose, but he has yet to prove he can deliver the silverware when it counts. The next three weeks should prove very interesting.

Posted by K. Chew | Report as abusive

Congratulations to A.Grant and Chelsea for adding a new chapter to the club’s history.
On the matter of Grant making history? Hard to answer, but he certainly is very much part of history. You cannot tell about a manager in one season. Chelsea is a team of strong characters that would lift the team up and carry it on even in dark days, as Lampard did for the first part of the season, and as Ballack is doing now. I agree that he is a victim of Mourinho’s popularity, but one cannot argue agaist the facts: Chelsea is playing much better football now than it ever did with Mourinho, even though the silverware might be lacking. But I would rather enjoy the entertaining football than be granted silverware when it is not deserved.

Posted by R.KO | Report as abusive