“It is legitimate that people are not happy - from the fans to the media!"

In arguably one of the most difficult press conferences he has ever had to face being a manager, let alone Chelsea manager, AVB admitted th...

In arguably one of the most difficult press conferences he has ever had to face being a manager, let alone Chelsea manager, AVB admitted that our run has been unacceptable and continues to believe that he can turn things round.

Here are the key parts of the press conference yesterday:
“We have spoken about results – and results in football are key to a manager’s sustainability. I have no problem with that. I didn’t come here to be a failure. I came here to be a success.

Chelsea is a club of high expectations and mine at the moment are negative. There is no running away from that. But that doesn’t mean that the present run will continue, or that we don’t have the talent to turn things around.

At the moment, it is legitimate that people are not happy - from the fans to the media. Everybody must do their job and we’re trying to do ours. Nobody wants to change that more than us.

I have spoken to the owner and he has said that (I will have time). My contract is a three-year contract. There was no mention of time. We didn’t even touch January. That is not on the agenda or the priority at this moment.

I don’t solve problems on my own. I solve them with my group of people and players and it’s been like that throughout.

I believe in the work we do, I don’t ask for time. I demand results of myself. It is not my style to pick a team just to win one game, and never will be.

When you suffer results like this, you have to look at collective mistakes and address them. That’s what we have been doing. Those mistakes, in focus, aggressiveness and concentration are the most difficult things to work on, because they are not coachable. Concentration depends on a player’s state of mind at that moment. There are too many factors, but we don’t want it to become a pattern of mistakes.

It doesn’t mean we will keep losing for three months. Why don’t you speak of the ability of these players to transcend a negative period. Or that after Chelsea get the win they need, they may go on a winning streak like last year? Why don’t you?

We must focus on work. That is the only thing to get us out of this.

But the philosophy will be the last thing to die in this club and the philosophy and the way we are set out is not in question, whatsoever.

We have meetings all the time but there is no dissent, not with me or with this club, There has been no ­criticism whatsoever of what we are doing. There is no running away from results. They are ­statistically the easiest thing to look at and to influence opinion making. We have to accept that.

But I know these players have passion for the club, all felt pride and emotion about coming to Chelsea, are all fully committed to the club.”


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