Ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant linked with Guus Hiddink's Russia job
14 April 2009 12:26
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Speculation was rising last night that former Chelsea boss Avram Grant is being lined up as a possible replacement for Guus Hiddink as Russia manager.
This would allow Dutchman Hiddink to remain at Stamford Bridge, despite his insistence that he intends to return to Moscow at the end of this season.
The rumours were fuelled by Grant's presence in Russia at a game also attended by Chelsea owner and Russian national team benefactor Roman Abramovich.
Officials from the Russian Football Union, in charge of the national side, were also at the match.
'I'm on a private visit here,' insisted Grant.
The Israeli coach did nothing to rule out taking over a Russian club - or even the national team if Guus Hiddink stays on at Stamford Bridge.
'Is it possible that I'll take a job in Russia? My answer is: nothing can be ruled out.'
Grant was seen at Sunday's CSKA v Lokomotiv match, which was also watched by the Chelsea owner although the pair were not seated together.
The game was played at the Luzhniki stadium, scene of last year's Champions League final defeat for Chelsea at the hands of Manchester United.
Grant has been seen in Moscow as a possible manager for one of the leading clubs as well as a candidate if Hiddink should quit.
But the former Chelsea coach added: 'I'm going to resume managing soon and the English Premier League is my priority. But that doesn't mean I won't consider other options.'