Football: Rafael Benitez insisted today that he has no issue with the Chelsea board or players, that his job title is not a concern and that his criticisms of fans were designed to encourage a unified backing of his team.
Benitez appeared to backtrack from comments this week in which he criticised the decision to make him "interim" manager and attacked fans for their continued barracking.
He said: "I didn't have any problem with the board. I didn't have any problem with [technical director] Michael Emenalo. I didn't have any problems with [owner] Roman Abramovich. I don't have a problem with the players.
"What I want to do is the best for the team, the best for the club.
"I have been for 26 years training and coaching and always I have had principles, respect and education.
"It's the way that I have achieved what I've achieved. We have 11 games to play. If we stick together, it will be easier and we can get more points.
"I would like to see a fantastic atmosphere supporting the team, and I will be really pleased with that."
Regarding his "interim" title, Benitez said: "It's not an issue now.
"In my head, I am the manager. I have to manage the team. The title doesn't matter. The Champions League is a big title. I just concentrate on my job. That's fine, OK."
It was put to Benitez that supporters might be even more angered after his comments and that the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge could be even more vitriolic against West Brom tomorrow.
He said: "The fans can express their feelings. That is normal. I don't have any problem with that.
"They have to stay behind the team, supporting the team. That is the way for me.
"It will be fantastic for the players, for everyone.
"I am part of the team. I need the supporters behind the team."