Grant: Abramovich will do everything to make next Chelsea manager successful

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has defended Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich is widely criticised for his itchy trigger finger which has left a string of top managers on the dole for failing to deliver on the billionaire's ambitious demands.

Chelsea did not lose a single home game under Grant, who told The Sun: "Abramovich is a manager's dream.

"When he takes you on he gives you everything you want. He will spend whatever it takes on the facilities you require, he will sign whatever players he can for you.

"We went after Kaka when I was manager but it was impossible. The price was £80 million. He does not say it in words but when you work for him he will do everything for you.

"Everyone was surprised when Villas Boas got the job. I like him and worked with him when he was a scout at Chelsea with good ideas and methods.

"Chelsea it is not about training and playing games and then going home, it is about so much more than that.

"Abramovich does not like sacking managers. But he is passionate about football and as much as he wants stability, if he can see the club is not going in the direction he wants he will act.

"Even though Arsenal are not getting the best results the club is going in the right direction under Arsene Wenger. Game after game it was not good at Chelsea.

"But is Chelsea so much different to any other club? Look at Mick McCarthy at Wolves. He had proved himself there but still got sacked.

"All the other Chelsea managers have been sacked when results are on the way down. I was the only one who got sacked when results were improving and that made me very angry with Abramovich.

"But you could not ask for more support when you are the Chelsea manager. He is a positive person.

"I don't know what he will be deciding now. But every big name in football is possible to manage Chelsea - even Mourinho again."

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