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Avram Grant with Jose Mourinho

August 2007: Avram Grant begins the season as Chelsea's Director of Football, working with manager Jose Mourinho

Avram Grant at Old Trafford

September: Mourinho leaves Chelsea by mutual consent and days later Grant's first game as manager is a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford

Avram Grant and Henk Ten Cate

October: Chelsea appoint Henk Ten Cate as Grant's assistant at Stamford Bridge

Didier Drogba, Avram Grant, Michael Essien

October: Although four league games without a win Chelsea come from behind to win at Valencia in the Champions League group stages

Avram Grant

Early November: Grant is praised by Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon as Chelsea win seven straight games

Claude Makelele and Avram Grant

Late November: Chelsea progress to the Champions League knockout stages, winning 0-4 at Rosenberg, who had drawn at Stamford Bridge

Avram Grant

Early December: Chelsea's unbeaten run is now at 16 matches, earning Grant a contract extension to 2011

Michael Ballack, Avram Grant

Mid-December: Grant and Chelsea welcome back Michael Ballack who sets up Andriy Shevchenko in a 2-0 Carling Cup win over Liverpool

Avram Grant

Late December: Following a 4-4 draw with Aston Villa, Grant plots a workmanlike win over Newcastle that seals Sam Allardyce's fate

Nicolas Anelka, Avram Grant

Early January 2008: Chelsea sign Nicolas Anelka for 15m and Branislav Ivanovic for 9m in the transfer window

Avram Grant, Ashley Cole

Late January: Chelsea reach the Carling Cup final and Grant demands that Chelsea, contesting four trophies, be given more "respect"

Juande Ramos

February: Spurs' new boss Juande Ramos walks away with the Carling Cup and Grant is criticised for his team selection and positioning

Joe Cole

Early March: Grant's team are then knocked out of the FA Cup 1-0 by Championship side Barnsley

Didier Drogba

Late March: Chelsea rally with a good win against Olympiakos, another 4-4 draw, and two Drogba goals in a 2-1 win over Arsenal

Avram Grant

Early April: A good home win against Fenerbahce raises Chelsea's and Grant's prospects of Premier League and European silverware

Emile Heskey (bottom right, obscured) scores for Wigan v Chelsea

Mid-April: But Emile Heskey's last-minute equaliser for Wigan dents the Blues' chances of catching Manchester United

Avram Grant

Late April: Chelsea win at Everton and then beat Manchester United to put the two teams level at the top of the Premier League

Avram Grant

30 April: Chelsea finally beat Liverpool in a Champions League semi-final, and advance to Moscow to meet Manchester United

Avram Grant

11 May: But a United win at Wigan, as Chelsea draw at home to Bolton in Grant's last domestic game, keeps the title at Old Trafford

Avram Grant

14 May: Despite coming so close to home glory and reaching the Champions League final, Grant is dogged by speculation about his job

John Terry and Avram Grant

21 May: Chelsea lose the final on penalties, with captain John Terry missing his kick; Grant is sacked three days later




see also
Grant sacked as Chelsea manager
24 May 08 |  Chelsea
Grant deserves sympathy
24 May 08 |  Chelsea
Grant can hold his head high
22 May 08 |  Europe
Grant gracious after title blow
11 May 08 |  Premier League
How the title was won
12 May 08 |  Premier League
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea
24 Feb 08 |  Football


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