Kenyon puts faith in Grant

Blues confident of making progress under current boss

Peter Kenyon insists Chelsea manager Avram Grant has the club's full backing and will not 'jump to conclusions' concerning the Israeli's future.

Recent reports have claimed that Grant, who took over from Jose Mourinho last September, will be replaced at the end of the season.

He has come in for criticism from Blues supporters of late following the Carling Cup final defeat to Tottenham and shock FA Cup exit to Barnsley.

Monday's 1-1 home draw with Wigan Athletic saw Grant jeered by fans, who retain a strong affection for his predecessor.

A 1-0 win at Everton on Thursday night kept Chelsea in the title hunt and they face Liverpool in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League semi-final next Tuesday.

Grant has a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge and Blues chief executive Kenyon feels the team are progressing under the current boss.

No reason

"The club is developing under Avram," Kenyon, who was speaking in Moscow where Chelsea will play a pre-season tournament, was quoted by the Daily Mirror.

"We are not doing badly on the pitch and aren't going to jump to conclusions because of occasional losses.

"The manager has a long-term contract with the club and we hope he will see it through to the end.

"Grant took over in September and signed a four-year deal. There is no reason to talk about his possible departure."