Roman Abramovich is supposedly interested in reuniting Avram Grant with Chelsea in some measure, a choice that could be a step in the wrong direction.

TEAMtalk reported that the Russian owner was contemplating offering the ex-Blues manager a role back at his old stomping ground.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 21: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

Grant’s last post was in the Indian Super League with NorthEast United, acting as a technical adviser, prior to spending time in Serbia and Ghana.

He will be remembered as the nearly man during his year in charge of Chelsea, finishing runners up in the Premier League, Champions League and League Cup.

Chelsea’s English midfielder Frank Lampard (L) slots the ball past Manchester United’s Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (C) to score during the final of the UEFA Champions League football match at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on May 21, 2008. AFP PHOTO / Paul Ellis (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

His relationship with Abramovich has remained strong, hence his reasoning for wanting the Israeli back in the picture, to add experience and knowledge to the club’s hierarchy.  

The 65-year-old has been away from England for ten years, following a disappointing spell at West Ham United. The landscape of football has changed since his days on at Stamford Bridge or Upton Park, and there’s a worry his views on transfers and general maintenance may be outdated or too traditionalist.

However, he did oversee the signings of Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda and Branislav Ivanovic whilst at Chelsea, three players who made a positive impact. His acquisitions at West Ham were less encouraging, and proved futile as they faced relegation.

Having banked on a young-manager in Frank Lampard, surely the Blues should be broadening that approach across the chain of command. Grant’s views will likely differ from Lampard’s, perhaps even reflecting Abramovich’s words rather than the current boss.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea - Premier League
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Frank Lampard the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at Molineux on December 15, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

After some negative press surrounding his future, Grant may be in place as a potential replacement if Lampard does face the chop, which would be back-peddling in terms of progression. Abramovich is no stranger to reintroducing former employees – just look at Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink – so it shouldn’t be ruled out.  

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich (3rd L) talks with goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon (1st L) while Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink (2nd R) looks on after their 3-1 win in the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on December 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Grant did offer support to the situation in an Instagram post, saying the club needed to “be patient”, not to “lose your fighting spirit”, or “lose what you have”. This could have tugged on the heartstrings of Abramovich, persuading him further to bring his friend aboard, but we think it would be a poor decision if he was to arrive.

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