Date: 21st September 2007 at 12:47am
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Harry Redknapp has joined what seems to be an ever growing list of people backing Avram Grant to be a success at Chelsea, with him now having taken over as Chelsea manager following Jose Mourinho’s shock departure.

Redknapp admitted that he too was surprised at Mourinho’s departure, but Grant’s appointment did not surprise him too much, with this being something that he could see happening when he left his role with Pompey as Director of Football to take up a similar post with Chelsea during the summer.

Mourinho can be an acquired taste, but you cannot help but like the fella, he is a true character and a great manager, so to be honest I hope that this will not be the last that we see of him managing in this country.

As for Grant, this was a move that has seemed on the cards for a while really, even if it had been dismissed. Clearly I do not know the goings on at Chelsea, but Mourinho, despite what he might have said was not overly comfortable with Grant’s appointment, nor was Redknapp when he originally came to Pompey, as he does not like a man overlooking him, as we know all too well.

Some people were not always entirely sure what Grant actually did here – I was the same – but I think that he did do a very good job with us, maybe a job that went unnoticed, but weather or not he can do the top job with Chelsea, only time will tell. I will wish him well but I am not quite sure, either way I can only see him being a short-term solution, but you never know?

Really I could say I couldn’t give a monkies what is going on at Chelsea, but that would be a bit of a lie, as my old man – although a Pompey fan born and raised, as well as being a former Pompey schoolboy – did actually grow up more as a Chelsea fan in the 60’s and 70’s.

He has a lot of time and interest in Pompey, but although he tries to plea innocence that he has little, or no interest in Chelsea now, I can see by the glint in his eye when they are on the box that he still has a soft spot for them, so this has probably rubbed off on my a little over the years – hence I would be lying if I said I did not give a monkies what was going on at Chelsea.

Good luck to Grant and Mourinho for that matter, if he ever fancies a job at Pompey I would not expect too many people would say no to him!


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