Former Chelsea boss reveals he’d have been taken to Siberia for finishing in fourth place

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Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant was very unlucky during his time as interim manager of the club.

Grant took over from Jose Mourinho in 2007, but lost the league to Manchester United on the final day of the season, was beaten by Tottenham in EFL Cup final and also lost to Manchester United in the Champions League final of the same season.

The Israeli has hailed his former player Frank Lampard for guiding Chelsea to a top four finish, but reveals that the Blues owner Roman Abramovich would have taken him to Siberia if he had done the same at the time he was manager.

“I think it’s a good season, especially compared to how it began, without being allowed to buy players,” Grant told Stats Perform News.

“Compared to the requirement of Roman Abramovich, if I told him some years ago that fourth place would be good for him, probably he would send me to Siberia, but because of the situation before, I think it’s a good place. For Frank, I think it’s a big achievement.

“It’s his first year as a coach in the Premier League. Of course, he was a player with a lot of experience, but you cannot compare a player to a manager, and I think he’s managed the team very well.

“A lot of young players and he knew how to play them, how to give them a rest and when to push them. It’s a good base for the future, I was very pleased with his performance.”

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