It’s been hard not to notice the name of Ashley Cole in the newspapers over the past few days, with a number of adulterous claims being levelled at the Chelsea and England full-back. In addition to this, it’s clear that the former Arsenal defender has shifted a fair few units of alcohol recently, and the Daily Mail report that his club manager Avram Grant is keeping a keen eye on the behaviour of his players.
Outlining his expectations, Grant said: ‘They need to be a professional; a professional is not just what you think. A professional is also a state of mind, it’s not just if you drink or you don’t drink, that is obvious.
‘It is many things about players, how you look at the game, how you look forward, if you live in the past too much. In football you need to choose players, not just based on their quality but on their character.
‘I say to my players that I will test them on how they behave on the very good days, whether they still want to learn, whether they still want to focus or if they think they know everything.
‘And also on the very difficult days, do they take responsibility or say everyone else is to blame? And do they learn from this? I examine their behaviour when we’re winning and losing.’
Some of Chelsea’s behaviour when they’ve been losing has been deplorable during recent seasons, especially when Jose Mourinho was manager. Avram Grant may also want to consider exactly how well behaved they’ve been during his tenure, with two FA charges levelled against them already this season, due to an inability to control their players.