columnist Davis Lowe wonders if Avram Grant delivers the
Champions League trophy will the club owners be vindicated in the decision to
get rid of Mourinho.
When the news broke in the autumn that Jose Mourinho and
Chelsea had parted company, there were shockwaves around football. Here was a
man with a little help from Roman's millions had turned an average English
football club into one of Europe's major players. You didn't have to be brain
of Britain to work out that there was a fall out behind the scenes but you half
expected for the sake of taking the club forward that some sort of compromise
could be reached.
It was clear that Stamford Bridge there was only room for
one ego and Jose was sent packing and in came what seemed the surprise choice
of Avram Grant. I think it's fair to say the Israeli is somewhat the opposite
side of the spectrum in every aspect but few would argue that he hasn't done a
good job at the club. 3pts behind Man United in the title race and a Champions
League semi taking this week against Liverpool; is it inconceivable to suggest
that Chelsea could achieve the unlikeliest of doubles?
The Champions League is the one trophy that Mourinho failed
to deliver and it's the one that Roman so desperately wants. Jose failed twice
in the semi final stage against Liverpool and I just wonder that if Grant can
find the correct formula against the Merseysiders, whether he will get his due
respect from the Stamford Bridge faithful who have been very critical of the
man. What will it take for him to be accepted?
Jose Mourinho has been linked this morning one again with
the Inter Milan job and only last week in the papers was spouting how great he
was to all and sundry. He analysed his record ahead of Fergie, Wenger and
Benitez and proclaimed his greatness. I just wonder how smug Jose would be if
Grant delivered the Champions League and title to Stamford Bridge this season –
surely this will dwarf any achievement he had in West London.
Is the prospect of Champions League success bugging the ‘Special
One'? Is Mourinho secretly hurt by leaving the club and will he eventually have
the last laugh over Chelsea in the future? Does Roman have any regrets in
letting him go or will Grant fully fulfil the brief and deliver the one trophy
the Russian craves?