Cole wants off-field issues gone
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ashley Cole is hoping off-field problems will disappear and Chelsea can get back on track.
Ashley Cole is hoping Chelsea's off-field problems will disappear and the club can get back on track.
Recent tension within the club has been linked to a slump for Jose Mourinho's side which has seen them fall six points behind leaders Manchester United.
Chelsea have won just once in their last five league outings, drawing three and losing at Liverpool last weekend.
Cole, while stating the players are trying to ignore the off-field issues, concedes it may have had an impact on recent form.
"We don't know what has gone on and as players we are trying to stay away from all that and let other people deal with it," Cole said on Sky Sports News.
"But the results haven't gone too well for us of late and maybe it is down to that.
"It's not down to me it's down to other people to sort it out. I'm here to play football and whatever is going on behind the scenes I don't think there is anything I can do to change it."
Cole insists Mourinho remains in good spirits around the players despite reports of a rift between the Portuguese chief and the board.
"The manager seems happy," Cole continued. "He's always a great laugh around the lads.
"Whatever is happening doesn't seem to be affecting him around the training ground. He's got a job to do to get us winning games again and hopefully Sunday will be our start."
Meanwhile, Cole hopes the possible return of captain John Terry in the weekend's FA Cup fixture against Nottingham Forest will boost morale.
Cole added: "Having John Terry back will be good if he's involved. Everybody knows how much we've missed him, he's a great leader and captain of the club."