Terry backing Grant to stay

01 May 2008 04:46
Chelsea captain John Terry believes manager Avram Grant should still be at the Stamford Bridge helm next season. The long-term future of the Israeli coach has been open to question since he was named as the surprise replacement for former boss Jose Mourinho last September. But after leading the Blues to a Champions League Final and keeping them in the hunt for the Premier League title with just two games remaining in the season, Terry believes Grant has answered his critics. When asked if the coach should stay on, he said: "I would have thought so. "Results don't lie. You look at the Premier League table since the manager has taken over and they have been very good. "It is for the club to make that decision. All we can do once we are out there and once the manager is in charge is do our best and that's what we have done to get to the Champions League Final. "Avram plays a massive part along with the players, (assistant coaches) Steve Clarke, Henk ten Cate, the fans and everyone at the club. "I think he deserves respect and rightly so. It is the first time in the club's history we have got to a Champions League Final. It has never been done by any manager or set of players before and he does deserve it. "To get to where we are and still question the manager's role at the club is unbelievable."

Source: ESA