Chelsea Coaching Saga: Villas-Boas to Di Matteo to Benitez to Avram Grant?

Adrian AgiusAnalyst IDecember 4, 2012

WIGAN, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  West Ham United Manager Avram Grant looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and West Ham United at the DW Stadium on May 15, 2011 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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In what could be a dramatic twist to the Chelsea coaching saga, former Blues manager Avram Grant could make a return to Stamford Bridge following Rafa Benitez's stint at the club.

According to ESPN, Roman Abramovich is keen on bringing back the Israeli coach in order to restore Chelsea to its former glory. Grant, who was at the helm during Chelsea's emphatic 2008 Champions League run, is not currently managing a side and could take over at the Bridge next season.

Following a dismal start to his reign as the Blues manager, Rafa Benitez is proving unpopular with the Chelsea faithful, having not yet recorded a single win in charge. Benitez's poor start to his role as interim manager has seen Chelsea slip away from Manchester United and Manchester City in the English Premier League.

Chelsea welcome Danish side FC Nordsjaelland in their Group E Champions League clash. With their destiny no longer in their own hands, the Blues have to rely on Italian Champions Juventus to succumb to an impressive Shakhtar Donetsk side.

For Benitez, qualification for the knockout phases of the competition would relieve much of the criticism that has been heaped on the former Liverpool manager's appointment.

During his one-year stint at the helm of Chelsea, Avram Grant finished runner-up in three separate occasions—all to English opposition. Manchester United finished on top in both the Champions League (on penalties) and in the league by two points; whilst in the League Cup, Tottenham came from behind to win 2-1 in extra time.

Despite not bringing any silverware to the club, Grant maintained a 66 percent win record whilst in charge. 

The former Israeli International manager has since enjoyed stints at Portsmouth, West Ham and Partizan Belgrade. If any move for the 57-year-old was to eventuate before the end of the year, Grant would prove Chelsea's eighth manager in just four years.

Would you support a move to bring Avram Grant to Chelsea?