Ten Cate not worried about his position

May 27, 2008

Chelsea assistant coach Henk ten Cate insists he does not fear for his job despite the recent sacking of manager Avram Grant.

Grant had his contract terminated on Saturday after leading the Blues to runners-up finishes in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Ten Cate, who left his job as Ajax head coach to become Grant's assistant at Stamford Bridge last October, has reacted to reports in the English press that he could follow the Israeli out of the door.

The 53-year-old coach told Voetbal International: 'Half an hour before Chelsea officially announced the Grant news, I was called by (chief executive) Peter Kenyon.

'He told me the news and he also said that the sacking of Grant would have no consequences for me. I would rather believe him than the newspapers reports.''

Ten Cate plans to speak to Chelsea chiefs later this week but insists this is not connected to Grant's exit.

'That talk was already planned for months, so it has nothing to do with the recent developments,'' he added. 'In January I had such an evaluation conversation and then we agreed that we would do it again after the season. For me it's simple. I have a contract until 2010 and I feel fine in my role as first assistant.

'It's up to the club if they find that I did a good job during the past eight months.

'There are three options - a new coach arrives and he will appoint his own technical staff, or Steve Clarke and I take over, or a new coach comes and wants me as his assistant.'