Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has admitted to one fan that club owner Roman Abramovich is "frustrated" with the team's form. The Daily Mail says supporter Dan Silver, in an email to Buck which has been posted on the SweetFA football forums website, criticised Rafa Benitez for his views on Chelsea during his time as Liverpool boss and the job he has done since arriving in west London.

New York-born Buck, 66, wrote in his reply: "the Board and Roman are as frustrated as you are with some of the recent results."

A club official yesterday afternoon confirmed the authenticity of the email exchange and that chairman Buck attempts to respond to as much supporters' correspondence as possible.