Date: 26th September 2007 at 3:31pm
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Manchester United are opposing Chelsea’s request for special dispensation for Avram Grant who does not have the required UEFA licence for the job.

Getting the proper papers means 240 hours of study, usually over a year. Grant does not have the license but it seems he will get special dispensation as did Glenn Roeder and Gareth Southgate, on the grounds of health and the demands of his playing career, respectively.

Manchester United opposed the special dispensation in those former cases, too, and they are opposing it now as Sir Alex is believed to support the idea that everyone need the same qualifications.

But does this make sense in this case? OK, I know if we opposed it before, we should do it again. But it’s no secret that Avram Grant is viewed as Abramovich’s puppet, someone who is not competent enough to manage a top club.

If this is not wide of the mark – and ask Chelsea supporters if they agree – then isn’t it in our interests that he stays? I mean, Abramovich might appoint a proper manager, like Hiddink or Van Basten. I’m not saying that would be a disaster as even a magician would need time to pick up this current Chelsea squad.

But as long as Abramovich is behind the coaching work at Chelsea, we have no need to worry. I very much hope that Mr. Grant is allowed to keep his job, Chelsea’s non-existent showing on Sunday absolutely convinced me that he’s our man!