Avram Grant has revealed that he turned down the chance to return to his role as Chelsea's director of football before being sacked as manager on Saturday.
Grant replaced Jose Mourinho as boss at Stamford Bridge in September 2007 and guided the Blues to second place in the Premier League as well as to the finals of the Carling Cup and Champions League.
Grant had been the club's director of football prior to Mourinho's exit, but rejected the opportunity to revert to that role.
The Israeli said: "I understand the offer and why it was made but I thought that, from my point of view, it was not the correct move.
"What I discussed (privately) will stay private but let's say that I saw that it was not a good move for me at this stage.
"Roman (Abramovich) gave me the opportunity and what I had to say to him was that I love the club and now each of us goes his own way.
"It was a great time. I enjoyed very much to be at Chelsea. I breathed the club 24 hours a day during the time I was in charge."