Graham Potter says he is “not listening” to reports he could be close to losing his job as Chelsea boss.
The Blues are 10th in the table, having won just two of their past 15 Premier League matches.
There has been speculation that the next two games, both at home, against Leeds and the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, could decide Potter’s fate.
But Potter said at a press conference on the eve of the Leeds game: “I don’t tend to look at it in any way like that. I just tend to focus on the next match.
“We know the situation that we’re in, which is that we need to improve the results that we’ve had. That’s my responsibility. They haven’t been good enough. That’s all I focus on.”
Potter badly needs a win in order to ease the pressure on him.
He was barracked by Chelsea fans after the recent home defeat against Southampton and can ill afford another loss at Stamford Bridge.
“Fans care,” said Potter, who left Brighton to take over at Chelsea in September.
“Results haven’t been good enough. We know that and we accept that. There’s no hiding behind it. We have to do better and it starts with me.”