It’s not happening – Avram Grant won’t return to Chelsea as Lampard’s assistant

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According to The Sun, Chelsea are not lining up a shock return for Avram Grant – despite claims Roman Abramovich wanted the former boss back.

Grant led the Blues to our first Champions League final in 2008 after replacing the then sacked Jose Mourinho.

Reports emerged this week claiming Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants the Israeli to return to Chelsea and work with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to add experience to his coaching staff.

However, The Sun claims there are no plans for that, despite the Chelsea hierarchy retaining huge respect for him.

Meanwhile, Grant recently backed Lampard to turn things around as Chelsea boss.

Grant said: “About the current situation, I can say only this. You need to be strong when things are not going well.

“When things are going well everyone is a genius and knows what to do.

“But in the situation like this when things aren’t going well you need to be strong, look for solutions and show a lot about your character.

“What I can say to Frank and the others at the club is be patient, and more than this do whatever is necessary to do, that’s for sure.

“Two things: never lose it even when things are going well, don’t lose your fighting spirit at the highest level.

“And second, don’t lose what you have here [points at head] – you need to think right and look for solutions.

“If you do that, then everything will be OK because the quality is there and there is a potential like there was [at Chelsea] in my time.”

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