Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has told Sky Sports News HQ that he feels honoured to be linked to the vacant managerial role at Aston Villa, but wants to continue in his post with the Ghana national team.
Grant has been mentioned as a possible contender to replace Paul Lambert at Villa Park after the Scot was sacked following the 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Hull which dropped the club into the Premier League’s bottom three for the first time this season.
The Israeli even revealed that he has received an endorsement from Villa fan Prince William but, after helping guide Ghana to a second-place finish at the African Cup of Nations last week, is committed to seeing out the remainder of his contract.
“It’s a great club with great fans,” he said on Thursday afternoon. “It’s an honour for me that my name would be mentioned with them.
“But I want to continue with Ghana for the next two years until the end of my contract because I enjoy it very much.
“People are speaking about it. I’ve spoken with Prince William and he asked me why I don’t come to Aston Villa!
“As long as my name is mentioned I feel good, but I want to continue with Ghana.”
Grant, who has also been linked to the Queens Park Rangers job, has been relegated twice from the top-flight during spells with Portsmouth and West Ham United, following a season in charge of Chelsea which saw the club finish runners-up in the league, Champions League and League Cup.
After being sacked as Hammers boss in 2011, he would go on to help guide Partizan Belgrade to the 2011-12 Serbian SuperLiga title, before resigning after just six months at the helm.
Taking up the Ghana post in November, he has admitted that he would be interested in returning to England at some stage, but is appreciating being out of the Premier League’s spot light for now.
“It’s very easy to go from hero to zero,” he added. “Not even the best coaches in the world always have good results.
“I rememeber even when I first came to Chelsea, we were losing to Rosenborg in the Champions League and the supporters were booing Jose Mourinho.”