Berkovic: Grant won Chelsea job in disgusting, disrespectful way

Former West Ham midfielder Eyal Berkovic has launched a bitter attack on new Chelsea coach Avram Grant.

Berkovic, whose international career was ended by Grant when he was Israel manager, pulled no punches in a personal tirade.

He told The Sun: "I think the way Chelsea gave the job to Grant was disgusting and disrespectful. Mostly it is a story with a known end from the very beginning.

"Chelsea and Avram have undermined the greatest manager of all time at Chelsea FC - the one all Chelsea fans admired with craziness and probably the most charismatic man in the football world today.

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"We are all familiar and know who Mr Grant is. Sometimes you need to act selfishly in a way.

"Way to go, Grant. You made it. There is no need to be a great manager in order to become successful with a team like Chelsea.

"You have got money, good players and everything you want. All you have to be is a very good psychologist and you're very good at it."

Berkovic, 35, added: "I have a feeling Grant will be successful but there is one problem. He will always be remembered as the man who pushed away Jose Mourinho.

"It doesn't matter how many hours he spent on the phone talking to Roman Abramovich and the closest people to the boss.

"As for Chelsea players, I can understand their feelings and thoughts right now. After all I was a player myself.

"It doesn't feel normal suddenly to have a new coach you knew as Abramovich's friend replacing one of the best managers in the world.

"This is far from being a professional act and it's really hard to understand.

"I guess Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry ask themselves 'Who is Avram?'

"But hey, Mr Grant, you made it big time. Good for you."

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