Avram Grant doesn’t look like the type of manager capable of delivering rockets up player’s backsides during half-time, but that’s exactly what he did against Fulham on Tuesday, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Israeli was missing several key players for the match, including Drogba, Terry, Lampard and Cech, yet the Blues still managed to run things round against the Cottagers after some harsh words from their gaffer.
“I was not happy,” said Grant, admitting a surprising volatility. “If I can break a chair, I will.”
Grant’s invective, which Michael Ballack confirmed had been a “bit loud”, shook up Ballack and company and a tactical switch gave Chelsea greater direction.
Mourinho’s successor as Blues boss was widely predicted to merely act as a stop-gap until Roman Abramovich appointed another high-profile manager to take over. However, Grant has kept Chelsea in the Premier League title hunt and ensured a smooth qualification to the knock-out stages in the Champions League in a short space of time.