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Premier League's best youngsters are English

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By ESPN Staff
Sep 23, 2007

LMA demand 'clarification' over Grant qualifications

The League Managers' Association will 'seek clarification' over new Chelsea manager Avram Grant's coaching qualifications.

Grant was appointed as Blues boss on Thursday in the wake of Jose Mourinho's shock departure from Stamford Bridge.

Reports have claimed the Israeli does not hold the UEFA coaching qualifications needed to take charge of a Premier League club, and the LMA have announced they are looking for the issue to be resolved.

A statement on their website, read: 'The League Managers Association is to seek clarification as to the status of Avram Grant's current coaching qualifications.

'The Association's stance on mandatory qualifications is well known and well documented. We have always supported the principles of education and preparation for a career in football management.

'Clearly we need to establish the facts before we make any further comments and, in this respect, we are making urgent contact with the Barclays Premier League.'

However, Grant insists there is no problem, telling The People: 'I am qualified.

'It is only a problem because I'm Israeli and it's only their relationship with UEFA that is a problem.'

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon also insisted there was no cause for concern.

'In the required time frame, the necessary paperwork will be there.

'It's not going to be an issue.'