Avram Grant was criticised this week for leaving Joe Cole out of the starting XI that faced Wigan on Monday. Many fans at Stamford Bridge chanted ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ at the Chelsea manager and according to The Sun, Tal Ben Haim might have been joining in.
You might be forgiven for thinking that Grant would look to include his fellow countryman in the team on a fairly regular basis, but the truth is that the former Bolton player has barely had a look in since Jose Mourinho left the club last year. And he’s not too happy about it!
He said: “Jose Mourinho is the reason I came to Chelsea and if I knew Avram Grant was going to be the coach then I would have signed for another club.
“It was Jose who brought me here and no one except he and I know the conversation we had when he tried to sign me the first time a year ago last January.
“The fact is while Jose was the coach I played most of the games and people who know me know that I would not have come here to be a reserve.
“I knew that nothing good would come with Grant as Chelsea coach.”
With Ricardo Carvalho and John Terry back from injury and Alex also ahead of Ben Haim in the pecking order, it’s surely a matter of time before the defender leaves for pastures new. You would imagine a middling club such as Aston Villa, West Ham or even Tottenham would be keen on signing a player who was an integral part of Sam Allardyce’s later success at the Reebok.