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Chelsea consider ex-boss to replace under-fire Rafa Benitez

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Chelsea are considering another managerial rejig with former-Blues boss Avram Grant in the frame to take on a consultancy role at Stamford Bridge.

Reports in the Daily Express also suggest Grant is actually being considered to replace interim boss Rafa Benitez - just three games into the Spaniard's reign at Chelsea.

The former-Liverpool manager has proven to be a hugely unpopular figure at Stamford Bridge since he replaced Roberto Di Matteo, and fans voiced their anger at Chelsea's 3-1 defeat to West Ham at the weekend.

The Daily Express report claims Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to admit his mistake in appointing Benitez, and appoint Grant as a temporary successor.

The Israeli took caretaker charge of Chelsea following Jose Mourinho's departure, and Grant guided the Blues to their first ever Champions League final, only to lose to Manchester United. Grant was eventually succeeded by Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Such an about-turn by Abramovich is unlikely however, and conflicting reports elsewhere claim Grant is more likely to return to Stamford Bridge in a consultative role, alongside Benitez.

The Guardian reports Abramovich has lined up Grant to return to Stamford Bridge, if the poor results under Benitez continue.

The club's defeat to West Ham on Saturday stretched their winless run in the Premier League to seven matches, their worst record since 1995.

And Abramovich was said to have been left fuming after Chelsea's second-half collapse, leading to concerns within the club that Benitez may not be the man to turn around their fortunes.

But having gone with Benitez, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are thought to be hesitant to instigate another period of upheaval, and instead, are willing to turn to Grant to help the firefight, much like he did in 2007.

The Guardian report says Grant is yet to be contacted formally over any potential advisory role at Chelsea, but claims the former-director of football would be willing to take on the position if offered.

Benitez has the chance to get his Chelsea career up and running on Wendesday, when the club welcomes Nordsjaelland to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League.

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