Avram Grant has admitted the pressure on him is growing after Chelsea’s shock FA Cup defeat by Barnsley.
When asked whether he accepted his job may rest on winning either the Premier League of Champions League, the Chelsea manager replied: “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.”
The Guardian claimed a source close to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich said he was “incensed” by the defeat to the Championship side.
The defeat came a fortnight after they were beaten in the Carling Cup final by Tottenham – a result that prompted questions about Grant’s team selection. The Israeli’s selection policy came under additional scrutiny when he chose to rest both Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard from the trip to Barnsley.
Grant are eight points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal with two games in hand and are in the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals.
“I’m the manager and I’m responsible for everything,” added Grant. “It’s very sad because we’d played so well in the last week.
“This team has shown they can play good football. They did it against West Ham and Olympiakos.
“The team that played at Barnsley, even though we had a lot of injuries, was good enough to win.
“They did it against West Ham and Olympiakos, good teams. The team that played at Barnsley, even though we had a lot of injuries, was good enough to win.”
Henk ten Cate, Grant’s assistant, admitted that a run of bad results will not be tolerated by the Chelsea hierarchy.
“One bad run of results and you’re out,” said the Dutchman. “You just can’t afford to lose here.
“I came to Chelsea because I was looking for peace. I wanted to work at the top level and at the same time I was looking for peace.”
Nicolas Anelka, who replaced Drogba up front, insisted the players should take the blame for the Barnsley defeat, stating: “The tactics were right and the criticism should be aimed at the players.
“It is not about the manager, it is the players.
“We have spoken about the Champions League before and we will try our best to win it because, when you look around the dressing room, we have big players.
“I think Barnsley will be forgotten if we win the Champions League.”