Instead of meeting fire with fire, Avram Grant has dismissed Sir Alex Ferguson’s recent comments as an April Fool’s Joke. The Manchester United manager has been in predictable form, trying to undermine his Chelsea FC opposite number by suggesting they should quit complaining about the rearranged fixture with Everton on Thursday 17th April.
However, the Daily Mail reports that the Israeli is having none of it, suggesting that the Scot has a very good / bad sense of humour on the matter. While it’s clear that the Scot would be fuming if they were in a similar situation, he’s loving every minute of the Blues’ consternation regarding their congested fixture list. Perhaps this is what Roy Keane meant about the United boss being a hypocrite.
‘What day is it?’ asked Grant ahead of Chelsea’s hour-long training session in the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium here last night. ‘Ah, it is April 1. So then this must be a joke, right?’
The Independent had previously reported the below from Ferguson:
“They have two games in three days [72 hours], then five days to prepare for a possible Champions League final, that’s all right,” he said. In a reference to a fixture move last season, when Chelsea hosted Spurs at Stamford Bridge, winning 1-0, 36 hours after Spurs had played a Uefa Cup tie in Seville, he added: “They had the advantage over us last season, and we still won the title.”
Mee-ow! This petty squabbling seems part and parcel of the Premier League run-in these days, although strangely you tend not to find it occurring at the opposite end of the table, unless it’s Birmingham and Steve Bruce’s Wigan. Can’t top Premier League managers (and Avram Grant) have more respect for each other or are the stakes really too high?