Avram Grant joked he would have been “sent to Siberia” by Roman Abramovich had he led Chelsea to a fourth-place finish, but the former Blues boss is thrilled for Frank Lampard.
Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Wolves on the final day of the season ensured Lampard’s side will be playing in the Champions League next term.
The Blues now have the FA Cup final against Arsenal to focus on, before they face Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie – though the Bundesliga winners hold a 3-0 aggregate lead.
In his sole season at the club in 2007-08, Grant guided Chelsea to a second-place finish in the Premier League, while the Blues lost to Tottenham in the EFL Cup final and then succumbed to Manchester United on penalties to miss out on Champions League success.
Grant was sacked soon after that Champions League finale, and though he is thrilled that Lampard has taken Chelsea to the top four this season, he pointed out Abramovich did not give him such leniency 12 years ago.