Just before Newcastle played Chelsea, about 3 weeks ago, Kevin Keegan said that if Avram Grant was in trouble at Chelsea, then all managers are vulnerable.
Avram Grant – did great job for Chelsea
Before the game with Chelsea on May 5th last, Kevin Keegan told Sky Sports News:
“Chelsea have had a great season, the manager has had a fantastic season and despite that he seems not to be doing a very good job there,”
“All I can say is it makes the rest of us look very vulnerable if Avram Grant is in trouble.”
Well, since that day, Chelsea easily defeated Newcastle 2-0, after we held Chelsea well in the first half, and the London team then went right down to the wire, but finally lost the Premier League title on the very last day of the season, and ended up just 2 points short of Man United.
Then last Wednesday, in a gripping game with Man United, in the first ever all England European Champions Final, where in all truth we thought Chelsea were the better team on the night, a slip by Chelsea Captain John Terry on the vital 5th penalty following extra time, cost Chelsea their first ever European Champions Cup.
But such is football and such is life.
An inconsolable John Terry after the game, showed the big man is all heart, and he was completely devastated as he was quite sure he had let all the Chelsea supporters down.
Little does John know that he’s even closer to the Chelsea fans now, than he ever has been, because of that very human mistake, albeit at the very worst time imaginable, but that’s life sometimes.
So Chelsea, for the first time since 2004, have won nothing in a season, although they were very close to winning three trophies. Chelsea had also only just been beaten 2-1 in the Carling Cup Final by Tottenham Hotspur.
But such is fate, and as Charles Dickens quoted, in the novel A Christmas Carol, almost doesnâ€™t count.
And of course Jose Mourinho was only too willing today to say that almost is nothing, and when you almost win things, that’s another way of describing losing.
We’re sure Grant was only too happy to hear those encouraging words of support from Jose. 😀
But Avram Grant, who always looked to us like a bulldog, who you want to cheer up, can hold his head up high.
He’s done a great job at Chelsea this season, and his record there is just superb, and those are the facts.
And one very important characteristic about him, that captured the imagination of football fans the world over, is that he carried himself with a great dignity during turbulent times.
He’s done great, whether he’s been sacked or not, and you cannot ask anybody to do any more than his best – and that’s just exactly what this man has done, in an almost impossibly difficult job.
And we salute him.