Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has given Luiz Felipe Scolari a massive vote of confidence by insisting he will not be axed if he fails to deliver any silverware this season.
Kenyon is happy with Scolari's performance as coach even though the Blues have now dropped 12 points at home, been dumped out of the Carling Cup by Burnley and need to beat CFR Cluj at Stamford Bridge to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League.
"I don't think anyone would deny we've had some disappointing results but it's not yet Christmas," said Kenyon. "It's a long season. He's made a huge impact on the way and style that we play. That's been pretty immediate. He's got a three-year contract. You don't want to sack a manager every year. First and foremost, you want some continuity."
The last three managers who failed to deliver either the Champions League or Barclays Premier League for Chelsea were not in charge three months later.
But Kenyon insisted Scolari was working under no such pressure.
"The objectives for Felipe are exactly the same as when he joined us three months ago," explained Kenyon. "That hasn't changed. He's not lost a Champions League. He's not lost a Premier League.
"He knows what we want to achieve and that's why he joined us. He felt then, in August, that he had the squad to do that and he still feels as though he has the squad to do that.
"He wants to take us to the next level, to win the Champions League.
"Look at the record of the club in the last five years. I think it's been pretty significant. How do you improve that? By going to the next level, which is not just getting to the Champions League final but winning it and regaining the Premiership.
"If you do any of those, you've moved the club on from last season. If you don't, we'll try again next season."
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