Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has launched a stinging attack on former club Chelsea, insisting he will never forget the way they unceremoniously dumped him.
Grant took over from Jose Mourinho in September 2007 and was handed a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge three months later. Under the Israeli Chelsea lost just two league games, narrowly missing out on the Barclays Premier League title to Manchester United, who also beat them in the Champions League final on penalties.
"If I had been manager at the start of the season and we had played as well as we had finished the campaign, Chelsea not Manchester United would have been Premier League champions," Grant told the Mirror. "And how close were we from winning the Champions League? A penalty away."
He added: "So I can tell you with total honesty that I was not happy with the way they treated me in the end.
"There were a lot of negative things that happened, things I didn't like and find hard to forget.
"I was very proud of what I achieved at Chelsea but their big mistake was to take what I did for granted.
"I felt it was important the club had continuity and was looking towards long-term stability. I always believed that it would be easier in the second season. But I was never given the chance."
Grant will meet his former club next weekend when Portsmouth take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
Despite his broadside, Grant claims he still has many friends at Chelsea, including billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.
He added: "I appreciate the owner gave me the chance to manage and then he offered to make me a director which I declined. I don't forget that. There were many good things at Chelsea and I still have a great affection for the club. After Portsmouth beat Tottenham in the semi-final most of the Chelsea players sent me text messages."
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