Upton Park manager on his way to Stamford Bridge?
West Ham boss Avram Grant set for shock return to Chelsea if Guus Hiddink turns down sporting director job
The under pressure Hammers manager still speaks regularly to Blues owner Roman Abramovich and is the only other candidate if the Turkey boss rejects Stamford Bridge offer
Avram Grant will make a shock return to Chelsea as sporting director if Guus Hiddink turns the role down at the end of the season.
Goal.com understands Grant expects to lose his job as West Ham manager at the end of the season and has held regular conversations with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich about a return to Stamford Bridge.
Frank Arnesen, Chelsea’s current sporting director, is leaving for Hamburg in the summer, with Turkey coach Hiddink the club’s first choice as his replacement.
But the Dutchman, who managed the Blues for three months in 2009, is expected to stay in charge of Turkey if they keep alive their Euro 2012 hopes by avoiding defeat against qualification rivals Belgium on June 3. Even if he leaves Turkey, the 64-year-old will also give consideration to offers from Ajax and PSV.
Grant has had a close relationship with Abramovich for many years and was himself Blues boss for most of the 2007-08 season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. According to sources familiar with the situation, Grant is the only alternative candidate after Hiddink and could be set for a return to Stamford Bridge.
“Abramovich and Grant still talk every week and the understanding is that the job is his if Hiddink turns it down,” a source told Goal.com.
Talk of a Stamford Bridge return for Avram Grant has been circulating for quite some time and whilst it does seem highly likely that the Israeli will be axed if West Ham do not beat the drop, would Roman Abramovich then look to appoint the Hammers boss as sporting director?
Whilst it may well be true that Grant enjoys a good relationship with Roman Abramovich does that necessarily mean the former Blues boss would return to the West London club? Given that in all likelihood the 56 year old is set to relegate his second side in consecutive seasons one would wonder if offering Avram the position would perhaps be a mistake.
There is no doubting that the West Ham manager had a good season in charge at Chelsea and came within a penalty kick of securing a Champions League triumph but since that point he has not done that great a job in management although you could argue that at both Portsmouth and as Hammers boss he has been dealing with club’s in respective states of crisis.
West Ham have three games to save themselves from relegation and they take on fellow strugglers Blackburn, Wigan and Sunderland in the coming weeks and must win at least two games to stand a chance of avoiding the drop.