Some Chelsea players regard the appointment of Avram Grant as new coach as "a disgrace".

The Observer says furious at Mourinho's dismissal, senior players describe Grant's appointment as "a disgrace". Some at Cobham call him "an idiot" and describe his coaching techniques as "25 years behind the times". Roman Abramovich pushes the Israeli around "without a hint of respect".

Former academy coach Brendan Rogers has been drafted in to help out with the first team.