Avram’s still a hero in my eyes

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

WELL… IT WAS fun while it lasted. Writ­ten off, ridiculed and abused. That is how Avram Grant had been treated by the na­tional press and the foot­ball fra­ter­nity for the ma­jor­ity of his nine month ten­ure as man­ager of Chelsea.

Last week, in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, he was a coat of paint away from mak­ing the crit­ics choke on their words, but sadly his slip­per, I mean skip­per, let him down when it mat­tered most. To be con­sis­tent, the ar­gu­ment is that John Terry and Ni­co­las Anelka should also be shown the door as they were the rea­sons Chelsea didn’t win, not Grant. I am glad that he made a dig­ni­fied de­par­ture rather than move up­stairs.

He came away from Stam­ford Bridge with his head held high and is now a cult fig­ure in his home­land af­ter giv­ing Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, a man­ager with one of the best CVs of all time, a run for his money in the league and Europe. Imag­ine how dan­ger­ous the Is­raeli will be once he gains his Uefa PRO Li­cence qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

FC Team have an­nounced that they are mak­ing the move into Satur­day foot­ball. Join­ing Lon­don Li­ons, Mitch Young is tak­ing most of his Sun­day A team squad to play in the Mid­dle­sex County League, a step seven league un­der FA af­fil­i­a­tion which is the start­ing league lead­ing up to semi and pro­fes­sional foot­ball.

“Whilst I am still of a cer­tain age and have the en­thu­si­asm that I do I wanted to test our­selves against the best op­po­si­tion,” ex­plained Young, “while at the same time pro­vid­ing a good plat­form for all FC Team play­ers to play at

“My am­bi­tions are clear. I want to try to take FC Team to the top, and whilst I am re­al­is­tic in the fact that we may never be a pro­fes­sional team, I firmly be­lieve that given our achieve­ments so far, there is no rea­son why in 10 years we can­not be in the Ry­man League.

“For the play­ers within the club that take their foot­ball more se­ri­ously there is no bet­ter league to play in and to im­prove. I leave the Sun­day A team in the very ca­pa­ble hands of Adam New­some who has im­pressed in his first sea­son in man­age­ment. I have full con­fi­dence in him that he can con­tinue what I have started.”

Ben Si­mon will spearhead the club’s B team while the C team have folded.

It’s all change at Chigwell Ath­letic too. Rus­sell Green, who led the club’s B team to the JC Cyril Anek­stein Cup fi­nal and fourth place in Di­vi­sion One in the sea­son just gone, has taken over from Rus­sell Brill as A team man­ager. Brill, Greg Book­man and Danny Berg will coach the team.

And in a move likened to Kevin Kee­gan re­turn­ing to New­cas­tle for a sec­ond stint, Richard Bronzite will take charge of Chigwell B.

Bronzite has also re­vealed that “we may see at least two new Es­sex teams next sea­son”. He added: “Alex Avram is run­ning one and James Ryan the other.”

An­other man on the move is Ben Win­ston who has stood down as joint-man­ager of Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons Hav­ing helped the club win five tro­phies out of a pos­si­ble nine, he said: “With Win­gate and the Mac­cabiah I have a bit too much on my plate so am tak­ing a bit of time out. Li­ons, how­ever, will al­ways be my club and I will be back very soon.” See Danny Caro’s week­end preview on www.thejc.com Email dan­ny­caro@thejc.com

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