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I don't fear sack, says Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti

By Jim Gracey

Under-pressure boss Carlo Ancelotti today accepted that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may be running out of patience over the club's slide down the Barclays Premier League.

But despite his uncertain future, the Italian insisted: “I don’t fear for my job.”

Ruthless Abramovich may have something to say about that after his double champions stretched to six league matches without a win in last night's 3-1 defeat by title rivals Arsenal at the Emirates.

Ancelotti's position is the subject of intense speculation and, given his track record of summarily dispensing with managers, Abramovich is unlikely to tolerate such a dramatic slump in form for much longer.

Chelsea led the Premier League by five points at one stage this season, now they trail leaders Manchester United by six points and come Wednesday evening they could occupy sixth place.

Ancelotti today admitted: “Obviously he won't be happy at this moment. I will take my responsibility, but this is a question you have to ask him, not me.

“I'm not afraid about my job. Everyone said I did a fantastic job last year. Now people are asking me about my job.

“We have to do better, obviously. It's not usual that Chelsea can't win for six games.”

Ancelotti also denied there is a rift in the changing room.

“These rumours are not true. Everyone knows this moment is difficult and we're not able to do what we're usually able to do,” he said.

“Everyone is close to their team-mates. We won the double six months ago. It's impossible that everything has changed.”

Victorious Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insisted the result showed his team were no longer intimidated by their title rivals.

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