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Chelsea manager Avram Grant produced a bizarre performance at the post-match press conference following the 1-0 victory over Everton on Thursday night.

The Israeli, who has been under pressure from the media for many weeks, would only answer press questions with short responses.

It also follows the Premier League's decision to allow the match to be brought forward to Thursday for live TV coverage, forcing Chelsea to play twice in the space of 72 hours.

What follows is a full transcription from ESPNsoccernet's Richard Jolly...

A deserved win Avram?
Grant said: 'Yes.'

What particularly pleased you about the performance?
'I'm pleased.'

What in particular pleased you?
After an eight second delay: 'I don't know.'

Is it a relief to win here?
'Yes.'

You seem lost for words by the performance. Are you more satisfied with the performance or the victory?

'Both.'

You seem distracted. Do you have a problem?

'No problem.'

Is there an issue?
'No. I'm ok. I have nothing to say.'

Do you have a message for the Chelsea fans?

'You represent the Chelsea fans?'

They must believe you are still in the title race, do you have a message for them?

'No message.'

Does this result mean you are back in it now?
'I don't know.'

How many steps have you climbed to undertake this press conference?
'I don't know.'

You seem less voluble than usual. Is it because of Sky TV moving the game to a Thursday?
'Maybe it's because of you. I don't know. I am ok.'

You are saying that you don't know if you are still in the title race?
'No.' Is it easier to say nothing Avram?

'I don't what to answer. It is a good question. I don't know what to answer.'

Is this because of Sky?

'No. Sky is ok. I enjoy watching them.'

Is it a protest against newspapers?
'No. Why?'

Why else would you come in and refuse to answer our questions?

'I answer every question.'

You are two points behind Manchester United and you don't know if you are still in the title race?
'No.'

Have you told the players that you don't know if you are back in the title race?
'What I tell the players is something else. You want me to tell you what I say to the players?'

We just want you to answer the question really. Are you in the title race?
'I don't know.'

Would you not like to gain some positive publicity for the result rather than this bizarre silence?
'I'm sorry. You can write whatever you want and I can answer what I want.'

Do you feel under pressure to deliver a trophy. Is that the reason for the monosyllabic answers?
'No.'

Are you upset? Do you feel you have been misrepresented?

'Maybe I have said because it is a bad season.'

Did Michael Essien faint?
'He had some problems, but he is ok.'

Michael Ballack?
'Injured.'

What's his problem?
'Ask the doctor.'

He's not here Avram.

'Well call him then.'

Have you ever played the yes/no game Avram?
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I MUST see the clips of this press conference. Utterly priceless, and bizzare.
 

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Avram Grant just earned my respect. That's what happened. :thumbsup:
 

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The best part IMO was...

What particularly pleased you about the performance?
'I'm pleased.'

What in particular pleased you?
After an eight second delay: 'I don't know.'

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That certainly is an awkward interview :howler:
 

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Fair play to Grant. I want him to succeed. The media and Sky are such cúnts and they've been dying for him to fail from the second he replaced Mourinho.
 

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Well he hardly helps himself.

This been a prime example.

Grant wants to be popular, so what does he do ? Does the exact opposite of what the most media popular person did ... Clever boy Avram.

And before anyone says.. "he doesnt want to be popular with the media".. of course he does. If the media dont support or like you, then youre half way towards the sack.

This was basically a big tantrum off him because (a) he knows hes going to get the sack (b) We know hes going to get the sack.... so hes having a public tantrum because hes going to lose the only meaningful job he'll ever get
 

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^^

That looked like anything but a tantrum.
 

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Well he hardly helps himself.

This been a prime example.

Grant wants to be popular, so what does he do ? Does the exact opposite of what the most media popular person did ... Clever boy Avram.

And before anyone says.. "he doesnt want to be popular with the media".. of course he does. If the media dont support or like you, then youre half way towards the sack.

This was basically a big tantrum off him because (a) he knows hes going to get the sack (b) We know hes going to get the sack.... so hes having a public tantrum because hes going to lose the only meaningful job he'll ever get
That was hardly a tantrum. Fact is, Chelsea are 2nd in the league and in the semi final in Europe - What did people expect?

Apart from his cock ups against Barnsley and Spurs, he's done quite well for himself.

He was too nice to Sky - He should have ripped 7 shades of shit out of them. I can't stand these fúcking cúnts.
 

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poor dude he is losing it...


some one upload the clip where he is pulling his hair and the one waving his arms around, didn't know been a manger was so hard lol

i feel sorry for him and all manger that had to answer this idots questions.
 

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He decided to show a bit of back bone; except I hardly care what he does on press confrences-I'm more interested in how he motivates the players and if he does so at all; or our assistant managers handle that.

Ever since the Carling Cup Final; it became quite clear that Grant is a guy just floating down the river with the flow. This simple interview doesnt change my view
 

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That was hardly a tantrum. Fact is, Chelsea are 2nd in the league and in the semi final in Europe - What did people expect?

Apart from his cock ups against Barnsley and Spurs, he's done quite well for himself.

He was too nice to Sky - He should have ripped 7 shades of shit out of them. I can't stand these fúcking cúnts.
The fact is Sky have such a controlling interest in football it is impossible to be a complete **** with them, unlike the BBC. I love Mourinho completely, but I don't hate Grant because he replaced the Special One. Grant has been on the end of shit all season, he can answer any journalist how he pleases, just as any manager can. The press give him enough shit, so why should he bend over for them?
 

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Good stuff by Avram Grant, hope he stops with the coke though..
 

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Thats just great. Avram gets so much undeserved press imo. Doing a decent job in keeping up with United.
 
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