It’s highly doubtful that, upon becoming manager of the Blues, Avram Grant was told he had a job for as long as he wanted. Whatever the reasons were behind Jose Mourinho’s departure, it was an abrupt exit which left Chelsea needing a quick fix before the summer of 2008. So they turned to the Israeli, who has just agreed a very handsome compensation deal with his former employees, yet still has a terribly big chip on one of those broad shoulders.
The Guardian report that Grant continues to paint himself as someone who arrived as a relative unknown, and proved all his doubters wrong. Which is not quite right, in that the Blues were not bottom of the league when he took over, nor were they bereft of quality players. However, one does feel a degree of sympathy with the former coach, who claims he was not completely supported in the dressing room.
“When I took over Chelsea after Jose Mourinho was fired, the English press and some Chelsea players did not believe in my ability,” he said. “But I proved that to them in the last two or three months when Chelsea nearly won three competitions.”
According to reports the manager, fired in May just three days after losing the Champions League final, has finally agreed a £3.5m compensation deal with Chelsea. He was thought to have been entitled to £5m after working just six months of the four-year deal he signed in December last year.
Indeed, Chelsea could have won all three competitions under Grant, which would certainly have made it tougher to fire him. As it was, Abramovich and Kenyon wanted rid and they had a perfect excuse after a potless season. However, we’re puzzling over which Blues players had their doubts about Grant?