Whether or not you think the sacking of Avram Grant was right or wrong, nobody can be in any doubt that the former Chelsea was substantially compensated for his (un)timely departure. The Times report that the Israeli’s bumper pay-off by the moneybags club ensured he earned roughly £1million for every month that he managed the first-team. COS would like to put themselves forward to take charge of the team during June if that’s OK with the powers-that-be.
Grant’s £980,000-a-year contract as director of football was upgraded to £2.8 million last December after he had become first-team coach. Two days of negotiating with Peter Kenyon at Stamford Bridge on Friday and Saturday proved even more lucrative. Grant received a payoff of £5.2 million, which, although that is less than half of what José Mourinho was awarded, it still represents riches beyond the wildest imaginings of a man whose most high-profile job before joining Chelsea was managing Israel, where he earned £100,000.
Never mind the long face at the airport yesterday Avram, surely underneath you were struggling to contain your delight that you’d manage to land this life-changing haul which means you’ll never have to work again. No wonder Chelsea continue to make year-on-year losses when they’re throwing this sort of cash around, not that they seem to care too much about that.