Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux hopes that the Stamford Bridge faithful can get behind the team for the remainder of the season, he exclusively told FootballFanCast.
The Blues supporters have not taken well to interim boss Rafa Benitez and a bad vibe around the stadium on match days can negatively affect the players.
Le Saux suffered some abuse from the terraces during his time in football and he has urged the fans to back the side, even through the tough times.
“The supporters show their feelings, that is the same at any football stadium,” Le Saux said.
“I’ve had it myself – the fans like to vent their opinions and they have the right to do that.
“I think for the team it is about getting the fans behind the team and wanting them to do well.
“Ultimately their opinions are there to be listened to and they will make certain people know how they feel about how the club are doing.
“The team need to be able to concentrate on what they’re doing on the pitch and you can do that far better when the supporters are behind you all the time.
“I think that one of the best things about football in this country is the atmosphere generated by supporters.”
It looks as if Benitez will be replaced in the summer but with Pep Guardiola joining Bayern Munich, another one of Roman Abramovich’s wanted men has gone.
Any time a big club has a managerial position open a whole host of names are bounded about and Le Saux knows not to listen to too much speculation.
“There are going to so many managers linked with Chelsea no matter what the situation, as there are with other clubs like Manchester City,” he said.
“There is a lot of work to be done between now and the end of the season for Rafa and the team.
“I am sure when the season is over everything and everyone will be reviewed at the club.”
One man who has been backed by the supporters to take the reins at Stamford Bridge is Blues legend Gianfranco Zola.
The former West Ham boss is currently in charge of an improving Watford side in the Championship and Le Saux can’t hide his pleasure at seeing his name linked with a return.
“It brings a smile to my face when I hear Franco (Zola) being linked with the club,” Le Saux said.
“He is a good mate of mine and he is doing a great job at Watford.
“He is hugely popular here of course and he is a great guy
“I personally hope he continues to do well at Watford and helps turn them into the team they have the potential to be.”
2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League final ambassador Faye White joined Chelsea FC ambassador Graeme Le Saux at Stamford Bridge today to launch the tickets going on sale.
Tickets for the 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, to be played on Thursday 23 May at Stamford Bridge, for more information please visit www.chelseafc.com/