John Obi Mikel says that no-one is safe at Chelsea, the Nigeria international admitting that owner Roman Abramovich can wield the axe as he sees fit.

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Interim boss Roberto di Matteo has steadied the ship at Stamford Bridge after Andre Villas-Boas lost his job only eight months into his reign.

However, with a reputation for freely hiring and firing managers - Chelsea are on the lookout for their eighth manager in eight years - billionaire owner Abramovich is not one to think twice about getting rid of personnel if they are not doing the business on the pitch.

And midfielder Mikel is well aware the players could suffer a similar fate if they fail to hit the expected performance levels.

He said: "It has been a difficult season and you can question the owner, but he wants results and he wants to win trophies. If things are not right it is his money, his team, so he has the right to change things. And I think we all respect that.

"Tomorrow, if he says he wants to get rid of us players and wants to get new ones, then we will respect him. It is his money, his business."

Mikel also rejected claims Villas-Boas was shown the door because player-power led to him losing the dressing room.

"Now Robbie is boss, we all have to respect this," he said. "The team comes first and whoever is playing we have to respect that as well. We are all together and helping each other, even from the bench. The players have all regrouped and spoken amongst ourselves.

"But there has never been player power here, I don't know where people get that from. The manager has always been in control."