The BBC is suggesting that Avram Grant is set to be named Chelseas new manager:
It seems that its a permanent appointment, not just a part time one until they find something else. He doesnt seem to have much in the way of credentials - the BBC says he almost lead Isreal to World Cup qualification, and coached a couple of big Isreali teams, but thats it - and he looks like a very dull and sleazy guy. Theres no real suggestion, and Ive not heard anything really in the past weeks that do suggest that this guy has been attempting to influence things at the club, and that this might have particularly irritated Mourinho - though maybe his appointment did that enough in itself. But I lose more respect for Abramovich considering this guy doesnt seem to have a huge deal of credibility, considering he doesnt seem particularly interesting or inspiring, and so he seems to have got the job simply by being Abramovichs friend.
I think its a big shame for the Premiership that Mourinho is gone. I think theres maybe a sense to which Chelsea - with the money they have and the number of transfers they have made over the past seasons, with Abramovich seeming to meddle more and more - can be potentially unstable by nature, and Mourinho was superb at taking pressure off the team whilst creating a sense of team spirit and stability. I do think if hed been left more to his own devices he might have stayed, and could have kept Chelsea at the top for a long time.
Chelsea didnt play great football last season, but I think generally and particularly before then theyve been overly criticised for it, because I dont think their football has been so bad. Of course, you can argue that, with such players, Mourinho could have played a more attractive style. Then I dont think Mourinhos actions over the last few months have been great - I think he has failed to get the best out of Ballack and Shevchenko, for instance, and more to the point has probably failed to deal with them so well as people; and I dont understand his transfer policy over the summer. Especially if Ballack wasnt really going to be able to play for a while, or if he wasnt in Mourinhos first team plans, then I think Chelsea in particular needed a better midfielder than Sidwell as backup to Lampard. I can only consider that Mourinho was so tired of the money jibes, and maybe felt that these were, or had the potential to trouble the confidence of the players to such an extent that it was better to spend less, hence all the frees.
I still think Mourinho is an excellent manager, and Im sure he will go on and prove that again somewhere else. But like I say, I think his departure weakens the Premiership, makes Chelseas future more uncertain, and makes things a lot less interesting. Theres only really Wenger now who offers a significant contrast to all the idiot managers in the rest of the League.