Grant will not last long as Chelsea coach
Chelsea are more likely to get relegated than win the Premiership under new manager Avram Grant. He’s just treading water till he goes under. He shouldn’t have got the job at all. Since Arsene Wenger was plucked out of obscurity in Japan in 1996 to become one of the world’s most respected managers, many teams have tried the same tactic of taking unknown – but very capable coaches – into high profile jobs. But Arsenal’s former vice-president David Dein had been monitoring Wenger for years and although he knew he was taking a risk, felt the enigmatic Frenchman was perfect for the Gunners. It was a shrewd decision, copied many times since but with random results and certainly not anything like the success Arsenal have enjoyed.
Roman Abramovich has given a winning lottery ticket to Mr Useless hoping he’s the next Special One when Grant is basically rubbish. Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday confirms that. Forget the 4-0 win at minnows Hull City in mid-week, even a pub team manager could have orchestrated that.
With Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool all winning 1-0 away, it’s already unlikely that Chelsea will make up the deficit – unless they remain unbeaten for the rest of the season. Anyone want to take odds on that? They’ve already lost twice and drawn three times in eight games. That’s not championship-winning form.
Arsenal have won six out of seven and drawn the other. I have to props them, hard as it is. Cough, cough. Still fancy Liverpool or Man Utd to win the league. Portsmouth beat Reading 7-4! Also, Man City beat Newcastle 3-1, so entertaining football is not dead. Pity it can’t reach Stamford Bridge.
Man Utd always have quality youngsters coming through and in a few years look out for Cayman’s finest 11-year-old, Oliver Smith, the brilliant Future SC striker, coached by Sylvester Coleman and technical director Roy ‘Huta’ Ebanks who we featured last week. West Bay-based Oliver’s Englishman father Henry is a Man Utd nut, who has groomed him to become an Old Trafford hero, circa 2017. Oliver was top of a Man Utd skills contest in the summer and returns to Old Trafford on 10 November to prove he could be Fergie material eventually in another skills contest. Young Smith is another example of the brilliance of Cayman’s extensive sporting programme. Look out for this kid’s progress, he will be a superstar, unlike Donut Grant whose only possible career trend is a downward trajectory.