Chelsea confident Grant cleared to coach

Chelsea are confident Avram Grant's lack of a UEFA Pro Licence will not prevent him from taking charge of first team matters.

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The club have already set in process an application for the 52-year-old Israeli to either be given the licence on the basis of his experience and other qualifications or for him to start to take the courses.

The League Managers' Association (LMA) have said they will "seek clarification" over the former Israel national team coach's qualifications.

Chelsea communications director Simon Greenberg said: "Avram doesn't have a Pro Licence because in Israel they don't have the Pro Licence.

"There's a 12-week period of grace with the Premier League in which there are no issues about him coaching the team.

"In that 12-week period we will be making the necessary applications in order for him to get a Pro Licence.

"There are certain precedents in place for experienced coaches like Avram, or the fact that you can begin to undergo the courses. The process is under way on both."

Grant himself said: "I don't see any problem because we are making the arrangements now."

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