AVRAM GRANT has sent his congratulations to Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United's Premiership win - but warned the Scot to watch out for Chelsea's Russian revenge.
Grant sent his message out in the immediate aftermath of United's last-gasp title win on Sunday - courtesy of their 2-0 win over Wigan, coupled with Chelsea's 1-1 stalemate with Bolton.
"I sent a message to congratulate him on a great season, and for being champions," said the Blues' boss.
"I said to him that I respect him as a manager and as a person. I wished him all the best. But I will send him another a message saying I do not wish him the best for the next game!"
Grant's future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich continues to be linked with a series of coaches with far more glittering CVs than the Israeli.
The billionaire doesn't like to come second - both of Chelsea's last two coaches were fired after finishing the season as runners-up.
But Grant has made his case to stay, based on the incredible difficulties Chelsea have faced during this dramatic season.
He said: "It was not easy this season. There were manygood things this season, but to get to the good things we had a very very difficult time.
"You cannot say we are disappointed, because we were never in the first place where we could lose it.
"We didn't start well enough, then we started playing good football, then all our big players got injured.
"Then all of them were in a good condition but we had the African Cup, where we played with players who were second choice.
"But I am very proud of what we did in January and December without the big players.
"We recovered really well and won all the big games. So I can be oh so proud. But it is not easy." .