Ten Cate is still my No1, says Grant


Last updated at 21:37 05 October 2007

Avram Grant is optimistic

that Henk Ten

Cate is Chelsea-bound

despite the Ajax coach's

tactful promise to honour

his contract.

The Chelsea boss

wants to bring the

Dutchman to Stamford

Bridge as one of two

assistant managers and

a deal is expected to be

completed in the next

two weeks.

Ten Cate

Yesterday the two

clubs and Ten Cate were

all positioning themselves

for negotiations.

Ten Cate, who is

attracted by a move

which would double his £1million salary,

claimed he was not

about to quit Ajax.

The Dutch club are not

too upset at the

prospect of losing their

manager after crashing

out of Europe but won't

admit it because they

want compensation to

help them land a successor,

with Martin Jol

and Marco van Basten

among the targets.

Chelsea stressed that

they have other options

if the Ten Cate deal hits

a snag or becomes too


Grant, however,

explained why he wants

the 52-year-old coach,

who has 20 years of

coaching and managing

experience, culminating in his time as

assistant manager at

Barcelona and the past

year in Amsterdam.

"It is very simple," said

the Chelsea boss. "We

are looking for the

best. It's no secret we

have lost four from the

staff — one assistant,

one fitness coach, one

scout and one goalkeeping

coach — and

we have checked all the

possibilities. It is easier

to do it before the season

but we are handling

the situation very well

and we will find them. I

want to do it as soon as


"Henk has a very good

record as assistant at

Barcelona. I have met

him, he is a nice person

and I like his style of

football. First I decide

how I want the team to

play and then we look

for the right person."

Grant also insists he

wants Steve Clarke to

stay as his 'British' assistant

and promised him

a more integral role

on the training pitch

because the Israeli

rarely leads the sessions,

unlike his predecessor

Jose Mourinho.

Frank Lampard is

expected to return to

the Chelsea bench at

Bolton tomorrow and

Grant sees no reason

why he cannot join the

England squad next

week if he is fit.

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