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Grant realistic over future
10 Mar 2008 - 09:16:18
Chelsea first-team coach Avram Grant has conceded he could be sacked should he fail to secure either the Premier League or Champions League this season.
The Israeli coach has come under fire in recent weeks following Chelsea's defeat in the Carling Cup Final and Saturday's FA Cup sixth-round exit at the hands of Championship side Barnsley.
Reports claims Blues owner Roman Abramovich is losing patience with the club's recent struggles despite appointing the little-known Grant following the departure of Jose Mourinho back in September.
When asked whether a failure to secure silverware this season could lead to his departure, Grant said: "I will accept it.
"When I am responsible for the team, and when my team loses at Barnsley, there will be many negative things said about it.
"On the other hand, we have two major competitions left. I am concentrating on them, not other things, but this is a massive disappointment."
Meanwhile, striker Nicolas Anelka claims criticism of recent performances should be aimed at the players rather than the manager.
"We know there will be people after the manager, but as a player you know when you haven't played well and we haven't done recently," claimed the January signing from Bolton.
"The criticism should be aimed at the players.
"We have spoken about the Champions League and we will try to do our best to win it.
"We have big players who have the quality to do it."