Wilkinson rap for Chelsea in licence row

League managers' chief and ex-Owls boss Howard Wilkinson claims Chelsea should have sorted out the issue with Avram Grant's coaching qualifications before they appointed him as Jose Mourinho's successor.

Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 7:20 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 8:59 am

Grant, aged 52, has qualifications from his home country Israel but UEFA sources say they are only equivalent to the A licence. He needs the UEFA Pro Licence to manage in the Premier League.

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The League may decide that, as a former manager of Israel, he qualifies for a special dispensation certificate.

But Wilkinson, chairman of the League Managers’ Association, believes such issues should have been sorted out before the appointment.

He said: “This is not about Avram Grant, this is a matter of principle. One thing that disappoints us greatly is when clubs don’t check beforehand.”