Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mourinho is safe as long as Chelsea keep on winning...

There's much talk in the media about the appointment of Avram Grant, the former Portsmouth director of Football who has just taken up a similar position at Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has apparently given 'blessing' to the move, but he's also warned the Israeli and his paymasters that he will accept no interference.

Chelsea had Frank Arnesen doing a similar job for the Blues last season after his defection from Spurs. However, unlike Grant, Arnesen wasn't given a place on the Chelsea board and there has been some speculation which suggests that the former Spurs man will have a diminishing role to play.

Many fans will be wondering why there's even a need to bring in these extra bodies, given that they aren't Mourinho appointments. As far as the Portuguese manager is concerned he picks the team and runs the show, which is fair enough, but the speculation is that Roman Abramovich may well want to exert his own influence on team affairs via Grant and Arnesen. This is the crux of the matter and this clearly why Mourinho has made it clear that he will not tolerate meddling.

As long as Chelsea are winning I personally do not see anything changing in terms of the coming season. But Peter Kenyon's recent claims that the blues will not make the same off the field mistakes as they did term seem a little premature especially given Grant's appointment, rather than calming the waters the appointment has made yet more waves.

I for one strongly expect that the bare minimum requirement for Chelsea this season will be to win either the Premiership or the Champions League - if the latter does not happen then there could be blood on the carpet.

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