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28 Questions For Cheslea’s Avram Grant

by | 18th, April 2008

avram-grant.jpgAVRAM Grant, manager of Chelsea football club, 1-0 winners over Everton, is in conversation with the Daily Mail.

But however hard he tries to speak, the Mail’s Ian Ladyman refuses to take his answers for an answer.

In “It’s grumpy Grant as he turns into moodiest of Blues IAN LADYMAN was one of the reporters left stunned by Avram Grant’s bizarre 5min 39sec press conference.”

Q: A deserved win Avram?
Grant: ‘Yes.’

Q: What particularly pleased you about the performance?
Grant: ‘I’m pleased.’

Q: What in particular pleased you?
Grant: (after an eight second delay): ‘I don’t know.’

Q: Is it a relief to win here?
Grant: ‘Yes.’

Q: You seem lost for words by the performance. Are you more satisfied with the performance or the victory?
Grant: ‘Both.’

Q: You seem distracted. Do you have a problem?
Grant: ‘No problem.’

Q: Is there an issue?
Grant: ‘No. I’m ok. I have nothing to say.’

Q: Do you have a message for the Chelsea fans?
Grant: ‘You represent the Chelsea fans?’

Q: They must believe you are still in the title race, do you have a message for them?
Grant: ‘No message.’

Q: Does this result mean you are back in it now?
Grant: ‘I don’t know.’

Q: How many steps have you climbed to undertake this press conference?
Grant: ‘I don’t know.’

Q: You seem less voluble than usual. Is it because of Sky TV moving the game to a Thursday?

Grant: ‘Maybe it’s because of you. I don’t know. I am ok.’

Q: You are saying that you don’t know if you are still in the title race?
Grant: ‘No.’

Q: Is it easier to say nothing Avram?
Grant: ‘I don’t know what to answer. It is a good question. I don’t know what to answer.’

Q: Is this because of Sky?
Grant: ‘No. Sky is ok. I enjoy watching them.’

Q: Is it a protest against newspapers?
Grant: ‘No. Why?’

Q: Why else would you come in and refuse to answer our questions?
Grant: ‘I answer every question.’

Q: You are two points behind Manchester United and you don’t know if you are still in the title race?
Grant: ‘No.’

Q: Have you told the players that you don’t know if you are back in the title race?
Grant: ‘What I tell the players is something else. You want me to tell you what I say to the players?’

Q: We just want you to answer the question, really. Are you in the title race?
Grant: ‘I don’t know.’

Q: Would you not like to gain some positive publicity for the result rather than this bizarre silence?
Grant: ‘I’m sorry. You can write whatever you want and I can answer what I want.’

Q: Do you feel under pressure to deliver a trophy. Is that the reason for the monosyllabic answers?
Grant: ‘No.’

Q: Are you upset? Do you feel you have been misrepresented? Grant: ‘Maybe I have said because it is a bad season.’

Q: Did Michael Essien faint?
Grant: ‘He had some problems, but he is ok.’

Q: Michael Ballack?
Grant: ‘Injured.’

Q: What’s his problem?
Grant: ‘Ask the doctor.’
Q: He’s not here Avram.
Grant: ‘Well call him then.’

Q: Have you ever played the yes/no game Avram?

Chelsea press officer: ‘This is going nowhere. Let’s end it

That’s 28 questions. There are shorter A-levels. All questions are answered. Yet because Grants did not provide the expected stock answers the press wanted he is called moody. The reporter then adopts the tacks of trying to take the piss out of him.


It all says less about the Chelsea boss than the reporter. Cue the chant: You don’t know what you’re doing…

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