Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ref Row Won't Change Jose, Says Blues Chief

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ref Row Won't Change Jose, Says Blues Chief

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE Peter Kenyon today insisted Jose Mourinho would not change his ways despite the controversy surrounding Chelsea's relationship with UEFA and the retirement of Anders Frisk.

Kenyon met with UEFA chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson before today's Champions League quarterfinal draw in Nyon but was adamant Chelsea have no need to apologise for their actions over the past fortnight.

Olsson took the opportunity before the draw to remind all players and managers of their duty to protect the game's image but Kenyon believes Mourinho is well aware of his responsibilities.

Kenyon said: "Jose doesn't have to change anything and that will remain an internal matter.

"Jose has a completely rounded perspective and joined Chelsea to make them one of the biggest clubs in Europe. He understands what that means, not only in terms of winning trophies, but building Chelsea as a football club. We're well on our way to doing that and need to put the events of the last week into context. It's inevitable that we're going to get scrutinized and need to accept that."

Despite the furore over the past fortnight Kenyon believes his club have many admirers in Europe.

He said: "Chelsea have lots of friends in Europe. There's lots of talk that we don't have any friends but we're friends with all the clubs here today and generally have good relationships with the governing bodies. It's incorrect to say we don't have any friends as you go around London there's lots of people who compliment us about what we're doing on the field.

"We'd rather not have had the events of the past few weeks but it's the nature of the way the game is today. Chelsea are more high-profile than we were 12 months ago and it's something we've got to accept."

Having enjoyed positive talks with Olsson Chelsea's chief executive is confident the club's relationship is back on track, despite the fact that they face several charges and next week's meeting of UEFA's control and disciplinary body. …

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