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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

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Blues will stick with Grant - Bevan

League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan claims Avram Grant will remain Chelsea boss whatever happens this season.

Grant's position remains a source of intense speculation even though the Israeli has guided the Blues to their first Champions League final.

Chelsea also remain in the hunt for the Barclays Premier League title and Bevan has learnt that owner Roman Abramovich is not a considering a change in manager.

'I've spoken to a couple of people and I don't believe Avram will lose his job,' he told BBC Five Live's Sportsweek.

'Roman Abramovich is very close to Avram - they're friends and similar characters in many ways.

'In Russia they say Abramovich loves his football and wants to get more involved.

'I think we'll see a closer relationship between the two next year - and bigger signings as well.

'The only danger for Chelsea fans is where does Abramovich go if Chelsea win the Champions League?

'I'm told that when Abramovich is not at Chelsea games it's because he has responsibilities at the highest level of Russian government that he takes very seriously.'

Bevan is incensed by Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra's treatment of Sven-Goran Eriksson amid reports the former England coach is set to be replaced by Phil Scolari.

'I do think Shinawatra is behaving disgracefully. He had a five-year plan back in July which was to get City into the top 10,' he said.

'Sven has done an excellent job. He won the first seven out of 10 matches and got the double over Manchester United. Shinawatra's short-termism is destabilising the club.

'I've spoken to Sven and he remains a true gent. He's waiting until he has more details and is confused by his situation.

'A pole last week showed that 97% of all City fans are in favour of Sven so the pressure is back on the owner in this case.

'I'd like to speak to Shinawatra and talk about communication.'