The Burden Of Expectation

It was simultaneously the most and least surprising decision of the summer. Avram Grant, who has had the gaunt, tired look of the dead man walking since his appointment last year, has been sacked by Chelsea, in a decision that adds further weight to the increasingly widespread belief that Premier League is living the last days of Rome. Let’s take a brief look at his record – he lost three matches in the Premier League as Chelsea’s manager, pushed an outstanding Manchester United team to the last day of the season in the league and got to within one kick of winning the European Cup. One can only speculate as to the reasoning behind the decision. The back corridors at Stamford Bridge, when the general public are allowed a brief glimpse into them, seem to resemble the set of “The West Wing”, with various Machiavellian figures machinating to their own, selfish ends whilst trying to find new and inventive ways of bending the ear of The Man In Charge. Perhaps this was a world to which Grant was ill-suited. His appointment and subsequent removal does, however, ask valid questions about the expectations of everyone at Chelsea Football Club (supporters included) and about the competence of the people actually managing the club. Recent converts to the Premier League may not even understand how far Chelsea FC have come over the...

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