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Chelsea chairman Buck won't commit to Grant future

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck refused to give fans a direct answer over the future of boss Avram Grant at a fans' forum on Wednesday night.

Buck fielded questions from supporters along with former Chelsea player Roberto Di Matteo but he refused to give fans a straight answer when quizzed over whether Grant would remain in charge next season.

Grant has a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge but his future is at the centre of constant speculation, even though the club insist there are no plans to remove him.

When asked directly if Grant would be Chelsea's boss next season, Buck replied: "I think it is a yes or no question and I am not going to give you a yes or no answer.

"But let me give a perspective on it. In September, when Jose left and Avram came on board, I think the board and Roman Abramovich did not expect that we would be sitting here as a semi-finalist in the Champions League and three points off the top of the Premier League.

"We thought that when you change managers, you have to have some re-building. So we are unbelievably happy that we are here, where we are now.

"We would have wished that we would have beaten Barnsley and Tottenham and whatever, but I think we are reasonably happy with where we are now.

"Avram has a multi-year contract and he's our manager. Having said that, and don't take this the wrong way, every manager, at every club, is judged by results. That's the name of the game, results, and right now Avram's results are very, very good, so he's our manager.

"I was annoyed during the Arsenal match when some people in the North Stand were singing 'You don't know what you're doing' and Jose's name. My perspective is, you're either a Chelsea fan or you're not, and in the middle of what was one of the most important games of the season, I don't think you do something which could theoretically unsettle your team.

"To me that doesn't make sense and to me that's not a Chelsea fan. So Avram has also had to deal with that kind of thing, which I personally thought was inappropriate."

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