Avram Grant

Paddy power’s own goal

By Simon Round, June 13, 2008

Many believe that sacked Chelsea manager Avram Grant was treated harshly by the media because he was Israeli and Jewish. Certainly, he has faced plenty of antisemitic abuse from racist fans.


Avram’s still a hero in my eyes

By Danny Caro, May 30, 2008

Well… it was fun while it lasted. Written off, ridiculed and abused. That is how Avram Grant had been treated by the national press and the football fraternity for the majority of his nine month tenure as manager of Chelsea.


Press ‘drank Avram’s blood’, claims wife

By Simon Griver, May 30, 2008

Football boss Avram Grant was back in Israel this week contemplating his future as his family claimed a race-hate campaign cost him his job at Chelsea.

His father, Meir Granat, blamed the club’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich for caving in to external pressures to get rid of him. “Abramovich was probably influenced by the antisemites and could not stand the pressure of the negativity against Avram,” he said.


Grant sacked by Chelsea

By Danny Caro, May 23, 2008

Avram Grant has had his contract terminated with immediate affect just three days after his Chelsea team were beaten in the Champions League final by Manchester United and finished the campaign without a trophy.

Following two days of meetings between club officials and the manager, a statement on the Chelsea said: "We would like to thank Avram for his contribution since taking over as manager last September.


The racist emails sent to Chelsea’s Avram Grant

By Danny Caro, May 16, 2008

Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been the target of vile antisemitic abuse, the JC can reveal.

We have seen copies of emails sent to the Israeli, whose club last week distanced itself from claims by his agent that he had been a victim of race-hate.

One, full of mis-spellings, accused Grant of “having Palestinian and Arab blood on his hands”. Another branded his Israeli player Tal Ben Haim “a Jewish terrorist”.


Avram Grant goes to Auschwitz

By Simon Griver, May 2, 2008

Chelsea soccer coach Avram Grant was due to be a keynote speaker at Auschwitz yesterday (1st May) for Holocaust Memorial Day.

He was scheduled to fly to Poland after his team’s Champions League game against Liverpool on Wednesday evening.

Mr Grant, the son of Holocaust survivors, has taken part in the March of the Living, in which mainly young people march between Auschwitz and Birkenau, seven times before.

Israeli football fans wanting to watch the match live were ironically forced to see it screened with German commentary, because of Holocaust Memorial Day.


Our man Avram deserves respect

By Danny Caro, April 25, 2008

I think it’s about time that someone stood up for Chelsea boss Avram Grant and as there doesn’t appear to be a lengthy queue, I will do it for him. I am not suggesting setting up an Appreciation Society, especially being a Liverpool fan in the midst of a Champions League semi-final against the Stamford Bridge club, but I believe it’s time for the British press to show him some respect. When he took over from Jose Mourinho last September, I remember the looks of amazement from some of the country’s top sport writers.


Grant is game for holy day

By Simon Griver, April 18, 2008

Avram Grant’s father has defended his son over the clash between Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final second leg coinciding with Holocaust Day.

The Israeli manager looks set to come in for fierce criticism back home as he is expected to be in the dugout for the Stamford Bridge’s club most important match of the season on April 30.

The game will not be televised live in Israel as the date is considered inappropriate to engage in leisure and entertainment activities.


Smiling Avram tells Israel of fierce UK press

By Simon Griver, March 28, 2008

Just hours after beating one of ‘the big three’ for the first time, Chelsea manager Avram Grant took part in the second session of his Uefa PRO License course. But while he was required to dash for a night flight shortly after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge , he looked rested and was smiling as he arrived at Israel FA headquarters on Monday morning and spoke about his team’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal.


Grant's job not in question

By Simon Griver, March 21, 2008

As Chelsea prepare to face Arsenal on Sunday in a match that will have a vital bearing on who will win this season’s title, the JC can reveal that manager Avram Grant will still be charge at the start of the 2008/09 season, regardless of whether he wins silverware this campaign.