Upton Park boss ready to walk into Stamford Bridge post if he is sacked.
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ROMAN ABRAMOVICH will offer Avram Grant a stunning return to Chelsea – as director of football – if he is sacked by West Ham this week.
Stamford Bridge’s Russian ruler is still a huge fan of Grant, the man who led his club to the Champions League final in 2008.
Israeli Grant fell out with Abramovich when he was sacked just days after Chelsea’s penalty shoot-out heartbreak in Moscow but the pair quickly patched up their differences and could work together again.
The Hammers have run out of patience with Grant after last week’s 5-0 drubbing at Newcastle which left them bottom of the Premier League.
And his fate is likely to be sealed at a board meeting scheduled for Wednesday.
But Grant could be back in work in the Premier League within days thanks to Abramovich, who is putting together a new team behind the scenes to run the club the way he wants.
Grant’s return to Stamford Bridge would be unlikely to concern manager Carlo Ancelotti, who has soldiered on despite the sacking of his No.2 Ray Wilkins.
People Sport revealed that Abramovich ended Frank Arnesen’s spell as director of football because he wants to have a more hands-on approach and use his list of contacts to land players.
Now the door has dramatically swung open for a Grant return, although he will fight hard to keep his grip on the West Ham job.
Grant is seen as ideal for the Chelsea post as he shares many of the same agent friends and contacts as Abramovich. (Sunday People)
This would be an interesting appointment, if indeed Chelsea are looking for a new Director of Football perhaps they would be advised to bring back Ray Wilkins to fill that void? It does seem that it is not a complete coincidence that the west London club has fallen on hard times ever since the assistant boss was so cruelly axed by the Blues.
Avram Grant does indeed have a good relationship with Roman Abramovich and he did a good job when called upon after Jose Mourinho was sacked, and took the club to within a penalty kick of Champions League triumph.
West Ham do look likely to terminate the Israeli’s contract if they do not get a few good results in forthcoming games as their 5-0 drubbing at Newcastle United appeared to set the club after a decent run of form over the Christmas period.
Of course there will be some who would surmise that the return of Grant may spell the end for under fire boss Carlo Ancelotti but it seems unlikely that Abramovich would be quick to dismiss a manager who won the domestic double in his first season in the job.
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