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The sun are also claiming that Anelka had a few scathing remarks about Grant as he is on the way out about how he was promised to play alongside Drogba, and in a 4-4-2. It also claims that jose and Roman are back talking and the thought of him coming back to manage Chelsea has been discussed

Of the 3, I think the Grant out is the most plausible...but probably just to a move upstairs. Although to say he took a team to a CL final in his first year, might boost his CV enough for him to try his luck managing elsewhere

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F*** the Sun. That piece yesterday about JT, reiterated and regurgitated by the obese obscenity himself Jon Gaunt, should be enough to stop any Chelsea fan (or anyone else with half a brain or more) from wasting a single penny on the f***ing rag.

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The Times has a piece on this too, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/ ... 994726.ece

but until i read it on the official website then i'll beleiev it.

Nevermind the Avram story, it was inevitable, look at this corker of a comment left on that page

Chelsea can keep spending and keep changing things, it will never make them a top club. They will never be as successful

as Liverpool (most successful British club ever) if the likes of Lampard and Terry want europeon cups, they should move to clubs who have a pedigree in the competition.

Tony , Liverpool, UK

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i kind of feel gutted for avram now

i've been calling for him to go for most of the season, and now its happened i feel kind of ashamed, was talking about it with me son earlier, and we both agreed he's not really done anthing wrong

thanks avram, good luck in what ever the future holds for you clap2.gif

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F*** the Sun. That piece yesterday about JT, reiterated and regurgitated by the obese obscenity himself Jon Gaunt, should be enough to stop any Chelsea fan (or anyone else with half a brain or more) from wasting a single penny on the f***ing rag.

Whilst I agree with your sentiments regarding any of Murdoch's companies however - and as confirmed by my insider - Ian McGarry does tend to know what is happening at Chelsea. Once again, he is first to break the news.

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Chelsea Football Club can confirm that Avram Grant has had his contract as manager terminated today (Saturday, May 24). This follows meetings over the last two days.

Everybody at Chelsea FC would like to thank Avram for his contribution since taking over as manager last September.

We will now be concentrating all our efforts on identifying a new manager for Chelsea and there will be no further comment until that appointment is made.

All bets are on.

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Can't help but feel a bit sorry for the bloke. In spite of all the trials and tribulations of the season, he didn't do bad. Certainly far, far better than most of us expected. We were a stoppage time Emile Heskey goal away from winning the league and the width of the post away from winning the Champions League.

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Thank you Avram, you did a far better job than anyone could of hoped. Bought a smile to my face many a time in interviews too, a genuinely very nice, and very funny guy, who endeared himself and the club to other fans.

This is worrying though:

Chelsea are planning a comprehensive clear-out of their coaching staff with Henk ten Cate and Steve Clarke, the assistant coaches, likely to leave the club along with Avram Grant.
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Predictably other supporters are starting to chip in about how "disgracefully" he's been treated. My opinion is that whatever the official line, his was only really ever a temporary stop-gap appointment, needing a manager in a hurry as we did, and that under the circumstances he and the team did remarkably well.

More here on Sky and the BBC

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I initially hoped that he'd be temporary when he joined, and he did far better than I thought we would.

thanks avram, in difficult circumstances you've made sure the next manager starts off in an enviable position, and I'll never forget both the champions league final, and how you consoled jt at the end.

good luck, fella.

as for chelsea- I'm fairly ambivalent about this move- I have two hopes:

1) this doesn't mean that a season without a trohpy requires the manager to be automatically sacked- this is why I hoped jose left because of a clash of egos more than anything, because you can't win all the time. and sacking managers is stupid. get the right man in and back him.

2) get the right man in. lets not go for some rubbish van basten / mancini / laudrup risk, lets go for someone who has done something. lippi, hiddink, etc.

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Not surprised at this news in the slightest - the bloke was harmless enough but lacked any clarity of thought, initiative or inspiration, for me and it seems the players. I've known for a long time we'd win nothing this season and I know some of you will argue we came to within a penalty kick of being the champions of Europe, but the game on Wednesday was lost in the first 30 minutes - Manyoo should have been out of sight, all by just putting Ronaldo out on the left. It was changed at half-time when the midfield players rather than the wide front players were asked to track across, thus giving Evra and Brown more to think about and isolating Ronaldo and Hargreaves. That it took Grant until half-time to change things cost us the goal, and although we played well after the break the damage had been done. It was a game we should have won at a canter - and lets not mention the CC Final!

Anyway back to the point - Grant may well get a few sympathetic words said about him but basically he was out of his depth. The players he had at his disposal should have gobbled up at least one trophy this season, so fair play to Abramovich for being able to look past his friendship to turf the old geezer out!

However I fear the next man may well be even more unpopular - SVEN! Logic would say that Kenyon now has the ideal opportunity to install the man 5 years after we first attempted to snatch him from under the FA's noses, and the way Kenyon will sell it may just swing it; the double over Manyoo this season, attractive football (for a while), a good reputation and knowledge of the European football scene. Personally I think it'll be a circus beyond anything we've ever witnessed so I hope I'm very wrong.

My own choice would be someone young, progressive and strong - Slavan Bilic. I don't for one second think he'll get the job (or my second choice, Dan Petrescu), so the Sven scenario may well come about, or some other aged hack like Scolari. Mancini would be a disaster (drab Italian mentality), and Rikjaard would push me over the edge - weak, joke of a manager.

Anyway thanks for the 248 days, Avram - it was, er, interesting!

Onwards and upwards!

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