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Abramovich silence at Chelsea means there will always be speculation

Liverpool fans must sometimes wish that they had a Russian billionaire owner like Roman Abramovich. Especially when so much dirty linen has been washed in public at Anfield this season, with the spat between George Gillett and Tom Hicks threatening to become the legacy of the season, especially with the Reds having not won any silverware.

While a bottomless pit of cash would be nice for any club, Pool supporters might also appreciate the fact that Abramovich never speaks to the media and rarely offers his thoughts to anyone about how happy he is with Chelsea or with the current manager at the helm. The Times reports that Avram Grant knows his boss is content with the fact that they’re on the verge of a Champions League success, yet will barely reveal any more than this.

When asked whether he had spoken with the club’s billionaire owner since Wednesday’s dramatic victory over Liverpool, Grant replied: “Yes, but it was a private matter. I have a feeling that you know that he’s happy, very happy. We are in contact, and he’s happy.”

Nobody has a God-given right to know the thoughts of Abramovich, but his decision to keep his cards close to his chest means that the media have to resort to speculating wildly over the future of Avram Grant without having an iota of evidence to back up whether he’s likely to be sacked or not. Naturally, it sells more papers to suggest the Chelsea manager might leave than to suggest he is going to stay, so they go down this route and grill him at the press conference about it.

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