The return of Avram Grant! - No thanks!

One story that caught my eye yesterday and this morning is this one featured in the Telegraph . It's believed that Roman Abramovich has...

One story that caught my eye yesterday and this morning is this one featured in the Telegraph. It's believed that Roman Abramovich has ordered a major shake up at the club this summer as he feels things had become to "cosy" under Ancelotti and Arnesen.

Key points from the article are as follows:
With the future of manager Carlo Ancelotti also in doubt, Chelsea are considering a number of options as to how the club will be run after the end of this season. Grant is not in the running to become the next manager.

The impending departure of sporting director Frank Arnesen and Lee Congerton, who was effectively his deputy, to Hamburg, means that Chelsea have to undergo a reorganisation which will be directly overseen by owner Roman Abramovich.

Guus Hiddink is also on Chelsea’s radar. He has endured a troubled time as the coach of Turkey although he has already made it clear he has no interest in returning to manage the club he took control of on a temporary basis after the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

He might, however, consider the director of football role although it appears increasingly likely Chelsea will turn to Grant first if they are to make an appointment at all. It could be that the job is not offered to anyone as Chelsea review their options.

The club is in no hurry. That is because part of Abramovich’s thinking — as revealed by Telegraph Sport — is that the Russian billionaire wants to take a more hands-on approach, for now at least.

He involved himself directly with the January signings of Fernando Torres and David Luiz and is also desperate for Chelsea to promote more young talent through its academy.

Abramovich, according to sources, has felt things have been too “cosy” at Chelsea with Ancelotti and Arnesen enjoying a close relationship. That sense of frustration was partly responsible for Abramovich sacking assistant manager Ray Wilkins and replacing him with Michael Emenalo.

Emenalo was brought to Chelsea by Grant during his brief time as manager and has quickly grown in influence at the club, where he is listened to by Abramovich. Ancelotti had little say in his appointment as his assistant. Emenalo appears underqualified for the job.

Grant’s possible arrival is not linked to Ancelotti’s future. The Italian has one more year on his contract after this season and having privately voiced his own unhappiness earlier in the campaign, after Wilkins was sacked, he has struggled as results turned bad.

Abramovich is understood to be undecided over Ancelotti’s future and is understood to have acknowledged privately to the manager that he has not given him as much support as he should have done. There is also an acknowledgement that Ancelotti deserves time having delivered a league and cup double last season.

For me, I think the friendship between Grant and Abramovich plays a big big part in all of this and we cannot discount this from happening. I hope it's not the case and Grant or anyone for that matter comes to the club as a director of football as I can't see any other instance of a Director of football at another club that has worked.

I think we can all agree we need to decent No.2 to work alongside Carlo and not a someone above him as the middle man between the manager and Roman.

So todays discussion point for you all is this one. I am asking you the question:
Would you have Avram Grant back at Chelsea as a Director of Football?


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