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Thursday, January 18, 2007
Mourinho happy to remain at Chelsea

Jose Mourinho vowed on Thursday that he would be happy to see out his contract as Chelsea manager if the club give him complete backing and respect.

Mourinho's Chelsea future has been the subject of intense speculation amid suggestions of tension between him and Blues owner Roman Abramovich over the manager's handling of 30.8million signing Andriy Shevchenko and the club's lack of activity in the January transfer window.

But the Portuguese boss welcomed a show of support from chief executive Peter Kenyon at a House of Commons launch today and pledged to remain at the club if they offered him 'real support and complete respect'.

Kenyon said: 'The board are fully supportive of Jose. He is fully committed to seeing the job out.'

Mourinho responded: 'I like to hear that. It's important for a manager to know and to feel that the club wants him, likes him and supports him.'

Mourinho, hampered by injuries to the likes of skipper John Terry and his England team-mate Joe Cole and allegedly at odds with Abramovich over cash for new signings, also stressed that money was not the main issue.

The outspoken coach wanted backing for his 'team' in what appeared to be another comment about speculation over a move for Israeli coach Abraham Grant from Portsmouth.

He was linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge because Abramovich allegedly believes he would be able to get more out of the misfiring Shevchenko.

Reports that he would be brought in and Steve Clarke, Mourinho's current number two, would be axed, were later denied by the Chelsea coach.

But Mourinho declared: 'Being supportive is not just about giving you money to spend on players. Being supportive is much more than that. I would say that money is the last part of the support you need.

'So if the club is supportive of me it means that it is supportive of my team because my team is completely with me. We are together since the first day and that hasn't changed so if the club is supportive it's very important.

'Everything is good for me and the support Peter Kenyon was saying to you that the club has for me, if that support is real support - again not about money - but is about real support and complete respect for your job in the club then I will be very happy to see out my contract until the end.'

Mourinho insisted that he has not fallen out of love with the Blues despite the problems he has encountered this season with injuries and lack of form.

'I don't change my mind in relation to the love I have for Chelsea, the love I have for the Premiership and for the football country,' he stressed.

'The family is happy here. My kids are in a moment of their lives where a change year after year is not good for them.'

Kenyon insisted there was no rift between the board and Mourinho and remained confident that the coach would see out his contract, which finishes in 2010.

Kenyon, speaking at the launch of Chelsea's Corporate Social Responsibility Report and link-up with the `Right to Play' charity, declared: 'I think we should be quite clear that Chelsea is not in crisis.

'I know lots of clubs who would like to be six points off the top and probably the only club in contention for all four trophies this season.

'I think we need to put that in the context of where we are. So I think we're calm, we're clear.

'The objectives of everybody - that's the board and Jose - is to concentrate on following up from what has been two fantastic seasons - and they have.

'They have been great achievements. The owner and the board are fully supportive of Jose - of that there is no question. And let me tell you that Jose is fully supportive of seeing the job out.

'I signed him (Mourinho) up to Chelsea with a vision of where we wanted to take it and he wanted to be part of it, and we're two years into that.

'His contract runs to 2010 and we're very confident. We'd like everybody to get back to concentrating on what is a huge weekend.

'As I say he's got the full support of the owner and the board. He's made it quite clear that he loves Chelsea.

'He and his family love living in London and the job is not done yet, and quite bluntly where else is there that is better than where we are today?'

Kenyon spent much of the first period of the transfer window away in China where the club launched a major new website initiative.

It prompted criticism that he was out of the country at a time when he should have been concentrating on possible transfer deals.

But Kenyon replied: 'I want to reassure everyone else that going to China is not at the expense of all the other activities that a chief executive gets involved in with the club.

'And a primary one of those is players, transfers, manager, stakeholder relationships - that's what chief executives do!,' he said.




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