Saturday, May 24, 2008

England: Grant Gets the Boot

In a move that came a surprise to no one, Chelsea sacked manager Avram Grant today, three days after the Blues shootout loss to Manchester United in the Champions League Final. Grant's tenure can be viewed from a glass-half-empty/glass-half-full perspective. While he took Chelsea to their first ever Champions League Final and a second-place finish in the Premier League, the squad failed to capture a trophy for the first time since 2004. According to The Times, Grant won't be out of work for long, rumored to be headed to Manchester City as the replacement for Sven-Goran Eriksson.

There are some big names on Chelsea's short list, including former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard and Russia National Team head coach Guus Hiddink.  One ironic scenario may see Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini taking the Chelsea job with former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho taking Mancini's post with the Serie A champs. Mourinho wasn't shy about sharing his feelings on Grant, dubbing him a "loser."

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