The Guardian reports that Chelsea boss Avram Grant will have to win either the Premier League or the Champions League to avoid the sack. Apparently Roman Abramovich was “incensed” after viewing Chelsea slip up to lowly Barnsley in the FA Cup, and yesterday Grant had a crisis meeting with his squad, in an attempt to figure out how and why they got beaten. After the game Grant was asked whether he would accept that he has to win at least one of the two tournaments that Chelsea are still competing in to keep his job. Grant replied:
“I will accept it. When I am responsible for the team, and when my team loses at Barnsley, there will be many negative things said about it. On the other hand, we have two major competitions left. I am concentrating on them, not other things. But this is a massive disappointment.”
As for Grant’s shellshocked assistant Henk Ten Cate, he very seemed rattled by the result, not sounding at all comfortable with the pressure of the loss:
“One bad run of results and you’re out. You just can’t afford to lose here. I came to Chelsea because I was looking for peace. I wanted to work at the top level and at the same time I was looking for peace.”
So if Grant needs a trophy to stay in a job, how do you rate his chances?