So last night Chelsea manager Avram Grant led his boys to an impressive victory over Valencia away in the Champions League. Avram was probably up at 6am eagerly awaiting a bumper load of newspapers to salivate over, what he got instead was more rumours.
The Sun’s Ian McGarry thinks that whilst Avram was supporting his blue boys, Roman Abramovich was applying the finishing touches to his plans to bring in yet another manager. After a mere fortnight in charge you have to wonder if this changing manager lark is going to be a monthly thing. According to a Sunsport ‘Exclusive’, aka exclusively made up, Ajax manager Henk ten Cate who has a name nearly as ridiculous as Danger Fourpence or Tokyo Sexwale, will take over at Stamford bridge next week. However, all is not lost for Avram Grant, although Ten Cate will be first team coach, he will work alongside Grant – with Steve Clarke and Frank Arnesen also having their tuppence worth. A Chelsea ‘insider’ apparently told The Sun:
â€œThis is Româ€™s attempt at making Grantâ€™s appointment work. Ten Cate will fill the gaps. Heâ€™ll be the coaching brain, heâ€™ll wind up the players and motivate them.â€
What will Avram Grant’s role be then? The eye candy? This will surely make for a very crowded job for Grant and Ten Cate – with little room to breathe, especially with Billionaire loon Abramovitch stalking down the Stamford Bridge corridors.
The Daily Mail (as per usual) is taking a different angle, sticking with the already much mooted Guus Hiddink. The Daily Mail claims that Hiddink will take over as manager but not until the end of November, when the little matter of Russia’s Euro Qualifiers are out of the way. They Daily Mail goons have basically just read The Sun’s opinion and thrown Guus Hiddink in as the cherry on top, they too think that Ten Cate will be joining next week, but only as John the Baptist in preparation for Hiddink as the Messiah. If Chelsea continue to change managers at the current projected rate then hold tight, we’ll all get a turn eventually.