The monotony was finally ended on Sunday as Tottenham became the first club outside the top four to win a trophy in England since Middlesbrough in 2004. It was a deserved victory by Ramos’ men as they come from back from a goal down to beat Chelsea. But as one manager is receiving praises for winning a trophy just four months into his tenure in England, another is being victimized for not having won it.
As unlikely as it seems, Chelsea boss, Avram Grant, is being heavily criticized for one reason or another. The Sun and others like it joyfully explain how Grant did a horrible job in preparing for the cup final and how this would never have happened under the Special One. The worst part: the shameless propaganda has gotten to Chelsea fans, most of which by now are dissatisfied with the job that Grant is doing at their club.
The criticism thrown at Grant is not that he is not a good manager; rather he is being accused of not being a “big-game manager” — whatever that means. Apparently games against Liverpool are not “big” and narrow losses at Arsenal and at Manchester United in his first game are poor performances.
It could be that the Chelsea fans are still disgruntled at the departure of Mourinho, but to try to offload their dissatisfaction on Avram Grant is not only outrageous it is also disrespectful toward a very respectable manager. Of course there would be nothing wrong with criticizing a manager if he was not doing his job well but that is hardly the case with Mr. Grant, isn’t it?
A sixteen-game unbeaten run — such as the one Avram Grant went on between losses to Man Utd and Arsenal — is hardly the work of a bad manager. A nine game winning streak in all competitions is also indicates that the manager is doing something right and Chelsea have gone done just that following their draw against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
Staying with that game against Aston Villa – that magnificent 4-4 draw — and what was perhaps the best game most of us have seen in the Premier League in a very long time: can anyone recall why Mr. Grant replaced Mourinho? Yep, to make Chelsea sexy. Maybe Chelsea is not exactly the most exciting team to watch these days either, but at least they are much easier on the eye than Mourinho’s Chelsea was.
In fact, the one thing that Chelsea, along with the rest of the Premier League misses from Mourinho is his ability to crack up just about every football fan in the world. The results do not seem to be any worse under Grant than they would have been had Mourinho stayed and on top of that Chelsea are looking good in the Champions League.
If there is anything else that Grant as done to prove that he deserves a job which many thought was not for him from day one is that he has kept Chelsea alive on all four fronts until their defeat at Tottenham and are looking likely to win one of the three competitions in which they are still involved.
So, Chelsea fans, before you go any further in criticizing Mr. Avram Grant stop and think about the position in which your cub finds itself and what the alternatives are. Surely you do not want your club to become the latest version of the Galacticos…