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United Should Not Oppose Grant

Manchester United are opposing Chelsea's request for special dispensation for Avram Grant who does not have the required UEFA licence for the job.

Getting the proper papers means 240 hours of study, usually over a year. Grant does not have the license but it seems he will get special dispensation as did Glenn Roeder and Gareth Southgate, on the grounds of health and the demands of his playing career, respectively.

Manchester United opposed the special dispensation in those former cases, too, and they are opposing it now as Sir Alex is believed to support the idea that everyone need the same qualifications.

But does this make sense in this case? OK, I know if we opposed it before, we should do it again. But it's no secret that Avram Grant is viewed as Abramovich's puppet, someone who is not competent enough to manage a top club.

If this is not wide of the mark - and ask Chelsea supporters if they agree - then isn't it in our interests that he stays? I mean, Abramovich might appoint a proper manager, like Hiddink or Van Basten. I'm not saying that would be a disaster as even a magician would need time to pick up this current Chelsea squad.

But as long as Abramovich is behind the coaching work at Chelsea, we have no need to worry. I very much hope that Mr. Grant is allowed to keep his job, Chelsea's non-existent showing on Sunday absolutely convinced me that he's our man!

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 26 2007

Time: 3:30PM

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He'll be gone by xmas for sure (for varying reasons). Not sure they'll appoint a better manager than Jose (before the board stopped supporting him) though.
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26/09/2007 15:52:00

yeah it would be a big surprise if he lasted until the new year never mind the end of the season. shame as i agree it would be great to have abramovich's puppet in charge at chelsea
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26/09/2007 16:19:00

Still wouldn´t do you lot much good in the Carling Cup now would it? Coventry...? LOOOOL
Blue is the colour
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26/09/2007 22:38:00 seems very few people expect avram to succed.Whilst he may be expected to fit all of Romans playors into the squad, this does not make him a puppet. Grants Israli team played attractive, and effective football. At portsmouth, he helped out tacticly masterminding our success last season. If the chelski playors can moticate themselves to play, and the fans get behind the manager, then there is no reason why they can not sucseed. As I have said many times, give the guy a chance, and if they dont beat the fulhams, wigans, etc easily, then sure he aint up to it. BUT, loosing 2-0 to man u is much better than loosing 2-0 to coventry.
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27/09/2007 20:21:00

pompeycarpet, the point is whether Abramovich will turn Chelsea into the next Hearts. It looks like he'll do and I sincerely hope so. Then all the bitter blue fans (no, not you Citeh guys) would leave this site in order to lick their own wounds instead ridiculing our youngsters. I do not doubt Grant's qualities but is it possible to succeed at a club like what Chelsea is at the moment? I think not.
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