Blues star backs Grant

Midfielder calls for fans to support manager

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has backed Avram Grant to silence his critics and lead the club to glory this season.

Grant has come under-fire from some fans for a number of below-par displays this term including the Carling Cup final defeat to Tottenham and the FA Cup defeat at Barnsley.

Chelsea are still in contention for the Premier League and UEFA Champions League and Nigerian ace Mikel has called on the club's fans to remain patient with Grant.

"The manager knows what the fans want and he has done well so far this season in terms of results," Mikel told The Sun.

"The fans should be patient with the manager and give him their support - like the players are doing right now.

"With support, understanding and patience, the manager will deliver success.

"We have to keep winning. If we do we can win the title. And the mood's high in the Champions League."