Grant sacked by Chelsea

By Danny Caro, May 22, 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.


Nwankwo Kanu is confirmed a hero in Israel and Africa — as well as Portsmouth

By Candice Krieger, May 22, 2008

Nigerian football star Nwankwo Kanu has had quite a week. Just two days after scoring Portsmouth’s winning goal in last Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Cardiff, Kanu was back on the pitch raising funds for the Kanu Heart Foundation, a charity that helps send African children to Israel for life-saving heart operations.


Jewish monopoly worth a wager

By Danny Caro, May 22, 2008

Did you know that the four major competitions in England have been won by clubs with Jewish owners. Surely that bet would have been a decent price at the start of the season. Daniel Levy’s Spurs started things off by winning the Carling Cup final against Chelsea in February. Then Malcolm Glazer’s Manchester United pipped Chelsea to the post in the Barclays Premier League. Last Saturday, Alexandre Gadaymak’s Portsmouth lifted the FA Cup at Wembley, and most recently, we had the Champions League final on Wednesday between United and Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea.


Billionaires ready for the final fling

By Danny Caro, May 16, 2008

In the blue corner, coming out of darkest Siberia and sunny Petah Tikva respectively, we have the tag team of Roman ‘the Governor of Chukotka’ Abramovich, and Avram ‘the Extra Special One’ Grant. In the red corner, from Rochester, New York, we have the Glazer family with father figure Malcolm joined by sons Avram, Kevin, Bryan, Joel, Darcie and Edward. Wednesday night’s first ever all-English Champions League final is also an all-Jewish affair.


Bridge abuse not a place for kids

By Danny Caro, May 8, 2008

It was a throwback to the 1980s when I watched the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge last week. Sitting in the press overflow in the East Lower Stand, I was taken aback by the foul-mouthed language coming from the terraces.


Our man Avram deserves respect

By Danny Caro, April 24, 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 me a visa - Avram

By Simon Griver, April 3, 2008

Chelsea could be forced to cancel the Malaysian leg of their Asian end-of-season tour if Israeli coach Avram Grant is not allowed into the country. The Far East nation does not have diplomatic ties with Israel and its citizens — including Grant and defender Tal Ben Haim — who must obtain special permission to travel there. The Malaysia FA have informed tour organisers that they would raise the issue with the foreign ministry in order to obtain clearance for the pair.


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.


Abramovich set to buy United (Synagogue)

By Simon Round, March 21, 2008

The United Synagogue could be about to benefit from a massive cash injection, courtesy of an unexpected benefactor: billionaire Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.



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.