Jose Mourinho has admitted he could be forced to leave Chelsea in the summer, despite presiding over their progress to the last four of the Champions League.
Michael Essien fired a last minute winner to earn Chelsea a 3-2 aggregate win over Valencia on Tuesday.
But Mourinho revealed that his job is in jeopardy regardless of events on the pitch.
“What I want is to remain in England with Chelsea, but sometimes in life you cannot get what you wish,” he said.
“I love training with the club and I want to stay. But if I am not the manager with Chelsea then I want to take charge of another team.”
And, having closed the gap at the top of the Premiership to three points behind Manchester United and with an FA Cup semi-final against Blackburn looming, the Carling Cup winners remain on course for an unprecedented four major trophies in one season.
But with Chelsea trailing 1-0 on the night at half-time, Mourinho confirmed that her had strong words with his players at the interval, with skipper John Terry admitting: “We got a good kick up the backside.”
“It was not one of those hot ones,” said Mourinho, “I was just telling them to be strong mentally and not think about losing or going out of the competition.”
However, he denied that revenge would be on his mind if, as expected, Chelsea face Liverpool in the next round.
“Revenge is not for me. Not in football and not in my life. But it’s a tie we start from behind if we face them.
“Why? That’s simple – Liverpool play only for the Champions League and Chelsea for this competition, the FA Cup and the Premiership.”