Grant calm over future
Avram Grant has insisted he will walk away from Chelsea the moment his bosses say they are not happy.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 13/04/08 9:17pm
Avram Grant has insisted he will walk away from the Chelsea job the moment his bosses say they are not happy with him.
Grant's future has been the subject of speculation ever since he replaced Jose Mourinho as manager early in the season.
Chairman Bruce Buck this week failed to give a definitive answer when asked whether the Israeli would still be in charge of the club next season.
Buck did admit that he was pleased with Chelsea's position in the Premier League and their progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, and Grant is also happy with the season as a whole.
He concedes that turning Chelsea into a more entertaining team is very much a work in progress, and has told billionaire owner Roman Abramovich to fire him if he feels he is not doing a good job.
"I have told all my owners that if the club at any stage are not happy they can tell me and I will go," said Grant.
"It is not a matter of money and I am sure that if I was not happy at some stage and wanted to go, the club would understand. All my life it has been like this and it won't change.
"I agree with Bruce about the situation of the team. Nobody thought we would be in this situation when I took over the team.
"I came to lead another way, a different way, we have seen that it will take more time. But we have won a lot of games and the football is good.
"Of course, it is not 100 per cent but it is good. I need to do my job. We are together."
The big problem for Grant ahead of the game against Wigan on Monday stems from a crisis in the goalkeeping department.
Petr Cech is back in training after a facial problem but Grant is unsure when he will be able to bring the Czech Republic international back into the side.
Grant is also worried that Carlo Cudicini could be ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, and will have to rely on third-choice Hilario for at least the next couple of games.
Grant said: "Carlo is not available for the next few weeks. We will know better next week. I think it will be around four weeks but with the same injury a few players come back at different times.
"There is a possibility he could be out for the season. We will check the situation later.
"Petr Cech is improving but we have not finished the training. We need to speak with the medical department to analyse what is happening."