Chelsea won’t sack me yet, insists defiant boss Benitez

UNDER pressure Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez insists his relationship with owner Roman Abramovich is strong and that he expects to see out his tenure at Stamford Bridge.

Benitez launched a stunning outburst earlier this week, aimed at a section of the club’s supporters he believes are not behind the team and the Chelsea board for being handed the title of interim manager when he took over in November.

The Spaniard’s effort to endear himself to Blues’ supporters with his outpouring of emotion appears to have been poorly judged.

But Benitez expects to remain in charge beyond Saturday’s home match with West Brom.

“I wanted to express my idea that everybody knows I will finish my contract at the end of the season, so this group of fans singing and creating banners have to concentrate on supporting the team,” he said.

“My relationship with the owner is really good. Every time I talk with Abramovich about football I enjoy it, he enjoys it. I know he wants to win and I am here to win, I will try and do my best until the last day.”

Benitez has been subjected to barracking from his own supporters since taking over from previous manager Roberto Di Matteo.

But with Chelsea still hoping to secure Champions League football for next season, plus some silverware, the former Liverpool boss wants the abuse to stop.

“We still have to play 11 games in the Premier League and we have the FA Cup and Europa League,” he said.

“I want to win every game, so if I can explain the way to help the team is to support the players in every game at home it will be easier for us to achieve what we want to achieve.”

WHO’S NEXT?

AVRAM GRANT: Guided Chelsea to the Champions League and League Cup finals in 2008, but would be an unpopular choice.

JOSE MOURINHO: The ex Blues boss would be welcomed back by Chelsea fans. His relationship with Roman Abramovich could be a sticking point.

JURGEN KLOPP: Highly thought of by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy, but has previously ruled himself out.