Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan admits that he is a a little concerned when Avram Grant, who has done so well at Chelsea this year, is under threat of being sacked by Chelsea.
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Chelsea played just great in the semi-final tie against Liverpool on Wednesday evening and deserved their 3-1 win. They have some great players and Grant seems to have got them regularly winning games again.
Kevin talked about Grant, whom heâ€™s meet for Monday afternoonâ€™s vital league game at St. Jamesâ€™ Park:
â€œThereâ€™s still so much for so many teams to play for. We are playing for the biggest thing of all â€“ pride,â€Â â€œItâ€™s a fantastic end-of-season game for us. If we werenâ€™t playing Chelsea â€“ and then Everton â€“ thereâ€™s a danger we would want to get the season over.â€
â€œ But we are playing a team that has just got to the Champions League final. Thereâ€™s something in it for us and thatâ€™s a good thing for our supporters and for football.”
â€œChelsea are a good side and Avram Grantâ€™s had a fantastic season. People may say heâ€™s not doing a very good job there, but it makes the rest of us look very vulnerable if Avram Grant is in trouble.â€
â€œI feel like everyone else in the game â€“ heâ€™s had a pretty rough ride. Heâ€™s done a great job. He went in and youâ€™ve got to remember theyâ€™d played four or five games, not particularly well under Mourinho for whatever reasons, and while he lost his first game his record since is incredible and you cannot deny that.â€
â€œIf youâ€™re saying â€˜Is he the sort of personality you want to put in front of the cameras?â€™, I think he has a good personality, but he is not Mourinho. He came to Man City when he was with Israel and spent a day at the training ground. I liked him, and I had Eyal Berkovic there so there was a connection.â€
â€œHe is not a guy who comes in and struts in the place, you know he is not John Wayne but he knows football and he has done a great job. That is what he should be judged on.â€
It will be interesting to see if Chelsea are interested in hiring Sven Eriksson from Man City. He seems certain to be leaving Eastlands, after a very good first year at the club. Sven is probably better off leaving because it looks like Thailand owner Thaksin Shinawatra wants to interfere with who the club signs, and also is said to want to pick the team.
If that’s the case Sven would be better out of there, and in the past Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been interested in the Swede.
Sven has restored his reputation at City, and there should be no lack of offers to keep him in England, where we think he would like to manage.
We think if Avram Grant wins at least one title from Man United, the Premier league or the European Champions league, it will be a bit difficult to sack him.
But you never know in today’s world of football.