The Guardian says Shevchenko demanded to know why he had remained an unused substitute. Not for the first time, Grant's skills as a Stamford Bridge diplomat were tested.
Instead, Grant started with Salomon Kalou as a lone spearhead and the Ivorian troubled Bolton before the interval with his tireless running, scoring Chelsea's goal in a 1-0 win. Grant twisted the knife further into Shevchenko at half-time by replacing Kalou, who had a hamstring strain, with Claudio Pizarro. Shevchenko's place in the attacking pecking order appeared to be confirmed.
"They pay me to be in charge; I have to be in charge and make the decisions," Grant said. "When I got this job nobody said I had to pick the friends of Peter Kenyon or anyone else at the club. Every player has good times and bad times and I'm sure Sheva will be a great player for us. But I need to make decisions for the good of Chelsea."
Shevchenko did not shed any tears when Jose Mourinho departed but, to his chagrin, his situation now seems even worse.