Cech: Players must adapt or leave
Published 26/11/2012 | 15:19
Petr Cech has delivered a stark ultimatum to any Chelsea player opposed to Roman Abramovich's hiring and firing policy, saying: "If you don't like it, you can leave."
The Blues goalkeeper also challenged his team-mates to help the eighth manager he has worked under win over the fans following the savage abuse directed at Rafael Benitez in the Spaniard's first game in charge on Sunday.
Asked if it was difficult getting used to new managers, Cech said: "You adapt or you're out. It's as simple as that. You're here to play, you're here to do what the club and manager wants you to do. If you don't like it, you can leave.
Abramovich's habit of sacking managers has long been a fact of life for the likes of Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. But the axing of Roberto Di Matteo meant Chelsea were given only three days to get used to a new boss before Sunday's top-of-the-table Barclays Premier League clash against Manchester City.
Cech added: "I'm here to play, I want to play so I do everything I can straight away so that the manager has no option but to put me in goal.
"That's the way I work and is the way it works for everybody because, if you stay sad and don't do the right things, you can end up on the bench and you're not playing and it will be even more disappointing."
The jeers of disapproval at the mention of Benitez's name on Sunday were almost deafening, while the chants and placards left no doubt about how unwelcome the former Liverpool boss was at his new club. Benitez admitted only wins would silence the boo boys and Cech insisted it was the responsibility of Chelsea's players to produce them.
"It is up to us to have a good run of results for them to change their minds," he said. "The manager surely deserves to have a chance and it's up to us to make things happen and make the fans happy."
Sunday's draw left Chelsea five points behind leaders Manchester United with a third of the season gone and a run of victories after just two in nine games would do more than get supporters onside.
"This is the ideal situation and scenario," Cech said. "When you have a change of manager, you need that impulse from everybody to get out of the situation we're not comfortable in. The ideal scenario is to get a run of results and then, suddenly, the season will look different."