Roman Abramovich ‘considering bringing ex-Chelsea manager Avram Grant BACK to Stamford Bridge’ to add experience to Frank Lampard’s staff… but under-pressure boss will hope he doesn’t end up being succeeded by the Israeli like Jose Mourinho was!
- Avram Grant led Chelsea to the Champions League final in his only year as boss
- The Israeli has been out of a job since leaving NorthEast United in India in 2018
- Under-fire Frank Lampard’s side have won just one top-flight game in six
- Grant backed Lampard in a post on his Instagram page less than a week ago
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is contemplating bringing former boss Avram Grant back to the club, according to reports.
Grant spent just one season as Chelsea boss and guided the Stamford Bridge outfit to the Champions League final in 2008, when they suffered defeat by Manchester United in Moscow.
But now according to Sky Sports, the Russian billionaire is considering welcoming the 65-year-old Israeli back to west London to add invaluable experience to under-fire Frank Lampard’s coaching staff.
Roman Abramovich (right) is considering bringing Avram Grant (left) back to Chelsea
The Russian billionaire wants the Israeli to add experience to Frank Lampard’s coaching staff
The club returned to winning way in the FA Cup third round against Morecambe on Sunday, but have won just one of their last six Premier League matches and have consequently dropped down to ninth in the table.
However, the report adds Grant believes he would be of further value to a side as a first-team manager as opposed to someone who operates behind the scenes, but that could leave the possibility of a short-term deal still on the table.
The claims come less than a week after Grant took to his Instagram page to back Lampard – who scored 20 goals during 40 appearances in all competitions for the Blues during the season the Israeli was in charge – and insisted he should be given time to turn his and the club’s fortunes around.
Chelsea are sat ninth in the Premier League having won just once in six top-flight games
‘About the current situation, I can say only this. You need to be strong when things are not going well, when things are going well everyone is a genius and knows what to do,’ Grant said.
‘But in the situation like this when things aren’t going well you need to be strong, look for solutions and show a lot about your character.
‘What I can say to Frank and the others at the club is be patient, and more than this do whatever is necessary to do, that’s for sure. Two things: never lose it even when things are going well, don’t lose your fighting spirit at the highest level.
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‘And second, don’t lose what you have here [points at head] – you need to think right and look for solutions. If you do that, then everything will be OK because the quality is there and there is a potential like there was [at Chelsea] in my time.’
Grant was initially appointed to the sporting director role at Stamford Bridge in July 2007 but two months later took over the manager’s role following the departure of Jose Mourinho.
The Israeli did not lose a single Premier League home game until he was dismissed in May 2008 following the club’s Champions League heartbreak, as the Blues finished second in the Premier League, two points behind champions Manchester United.
Lampard (right) scored 20 goals in the season Grant led Chelsea as first-team boss
The Blues went on to appoint former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari following Grant’s departure.
More recently however, Grant was involved for a short spell with Indian Super League outfit NorthEast United in 2018, and prior to that was Ghana’s boss for three years.
He enjoyed more success with the Black Stars, leading them to the final of the 2015 Cup of Nations before defeat by Ivory Coast on penalties.
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