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Grant loses his tongue

It’s often said manager’s attempt to play games with the press but none more bizarrely so than Avram Grant after last night’s win against Everton. In a five minute spell Grant managed to completely cock up any chance of a relationship with the press, not to mention the supporters, who he appeared to show a complete lack of respect for. Like a petulant child, he sulked his way monosyllabically through surely one of the most painfully embarrassing press conferences of all time.  Barely acknowledging Chelsea’s win, he seemed intent on bringing even more derision on the club who pay him so handsomely for so little, as his behaviour resulted in the sort of confusion his substitutions usually bring.

 

I read a comment on http://therepublikofmancunia.com/ yesterday suggesting Avram must be smoking crack if he thinks Kaka and Messi would sign for him but sadly, this sort of derangement points to something far worse? Surely the poor man is slipping into senility? What other explanation is there for a man who, one day dreams of having ‘talks’ with the likes of Barca and AC Milan to lure away top players, and the next, is almost incoherent when faced with a straight forward question?

 

The press conference lasted just 5 minutes 39 seconds and enlightening it was not:

  Q: Are Chelsea still in the title race?
  A: “I don’t know.”

Q: Press: Was that a deserved win?
A: “Yes.”

Q: What pleased you about the display?
A: “I’m pleased.”

Q: What pleased you?
A :(Nothing – eight seconds of silence)

Q: What pleased you?
A: “I don’t know.”

Q: Do you have an issue with the press?
A: “No.”

Q: Is it a relief to win here?
A: “Yes.”

Q: Are you more satisfied with the performance or the victory?
A: “Both.”

Q: The Chelsea fans must believe you are still in the title race, do you have a message for them?
A: “No.”

Q: You seem less chatty than usual. Is it because of Sky TV moving the game to a Thursday?
A: “Maybe it’s because of you.”

Q: Is it a protest against newspapers?
A: “No. Why?”

Q: Is this because of Sky?
A: “No. Sky is OK. I enjoy watching it.”

Q: Is it easier to say nothing Avram?
A: “I don’t know.”

Q: Would you not like to gain some positive publicity for the result?
A: “You can write what you want and I can answer what I want.”

Q: Do you feel under pressure to deliver a trophy?
A: “No.”

Q: Michael Ballack? [great question there lads]
A: “Injured.”

Q: What’s his problem?
A: “Ask the doctor.”

Q: He’s not here is he Avram?.
A: “Well call him then.”

He was also asked if he’d ever played the yes/no game before, at which time everyone was put out of their misery.

There had been suggestions earlier that Chelsea would boycott the media, specifically television cameras and after this debacle that would have been preferable. So while the rest of the world laughs it’s arse off once again, Roman must surely be holding off on signing that cheque?

Well, would you give this man £100million to play with?

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