the not so special one

So Avram Grant gets the sack. We forecast it months ago but he’s lasted longer than I ever imagined. It never was going to be an inspired appointment, although that’s how Kenyon and Buck tried to present it at the news conference to announce his appointment as Chelsea manager. He was following in the footsteps of the most successful manager in Chelsea history, Jose Mourinho, the self-anointed ‘special one’. But he came in as a friend of Abramovitch having, it is said, been active in undermining Jo-Mo’s position at the club whilst Director of Football (a position JM thought was unnecessary). The players never really took to him – referring to him as Avram Can’t. Several, including the influential Drogba, openly flaunted their disappointment over the Mourinho sacking ( and by inference their disenchantment with his successor). Not a good start… Continue reading

mourinho no more…

….as the Proclaimers might say. And so it came to pass that the relationship between The Special One and The Rich One finally broke down completely. News late last night was that Mourinho has left the club, and probably walked out. That’s a lot of money to walk away from so, if it’s true that he did walk, then that fragile truce which Kenyon patched up with sticky tape must have been blown apart by more Abramovitch criticism of his manager. Let’s face it he couldn’t have been impressed by a 1-1 draw with the mighty Rosenborg of Norway – especially when his desire is to win the Champions league above all else.

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