I don’t think this came as a surprise to anybody.
Avram Grant has been sacked as Chelsea manager less than a week after he led Chelsea to their first ever Champions league league appearance.
Avram Grant was never a popular choice at the bridge and his tactics came under scrutiny more than ones especially after the Carling cup loss to Spurs after taking a lead through David Drogba’s splendid free kick (although Paul Robinson should have done better).
Avram did well in my reckoning although managers are judged according to the trophies they won, and he failed to win any. He was a penalty kick away from winning the UCL but their “strong man” John Terry bottled it.
I have a feeling he would still have been sacked even if John Terry had put away that penalty. Most Chelseans are glad to see his back.
So who’s taking over?
– Guus Hiddinks
– Frank Riijkaard
– Sven Goran Ericsson
– Ten Cate
– Jose Mourinho
– Roberto Mancini
The list is endless.
I have a feeling Peter Kenyon already has a candidate in mind but he wants the UCL furore to cool off before getting back in the news.
The job of the new manager is clear. Get rid of the unhappy players and bring in quality players to fortify the squad. The signings made at the beginning of the season by former manager Jose Mourinho were not up to scratch.
The right back position has been a problem for Chelsea so the signing of José Bosingwa is a good one especially if you consider that he can also play in midfield.
They also need quality wingers. Florent Malouda has not really settled in well. I heard Barcelona are ready to take him on so that will be good for all parties. Joe Cole is not a natural winger and should be brought back to the middle.
The central midfield in good as it is. Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Mikel Obi, Claude Makelele should do the job for them.
Chelsea should be back stronger next season.