Chelsea back manager Luiz Felipe Scolari

12 January 2009 08:49
Chelsea sources point out that it is "ridiculous" for Scolari, one of the world's most respected managers, to have his future questioned when the team are still in the hunt for three trophies.

There appears no appetite within Stamford Bridge to divest themselves of the Brazilian just yet, although one thing is clear: there will be a major clear-out in the summer, either in the manager's office or the dressing-room.

In the wake of Sunday's 3-0 humiliation at Manchester United, Scolari warned his players to improve their attitude or be shown the door.

"There are two options," Scolari said. "Either I stick with the same players and they raise themselves or I change them and try some different players."

Chelsea, operating with greater prudence, stress there will be no reinforcements arriving during the January transfer window, a situation Scolari understands.

"There will be no new players coming in," he said. "I spoke with (chief executive) Peter Kenyon a month ago and 10 days ago. This is my squad and I'm happy with it."

It was training at normal at Cobham on Monday with those who played 90 minutes against United working out indoors in the gym and the pool while the rest trained outside. Scolari has yet to address his players about a defeat that left everyone at Chelsea hurting.

The Brazilian is expected to talk to his players before the start of training on Tuesday morning before he faces a 1pm press conference when he will be grilled over his future.

Asked for the solution to Chelsea's current travails, Scolari replied: "I don't know now what the answer is. I need to think about it. We are not playing well enough to win any competition. We haven't played well for the last five games and lost many opportunities. It (title race) is not finished yet.

"I need to try to talk with the players and show them what has happened. They need to understand what has happened in the last two or three games.

"They have to ask in their own minds if they believe we can still do it but accept they need to work more to do what we did at the start of the season."

Source: Telegraph

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