Cech: Wilkins exit not to blame

Goals from Nedum Onuoha, Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck earned
Sunderland their first away win of the season and sent Chelsea
tumbling to their first home defeat since last March. Sunderland
outplayed the league leaders throughout and Chelsea coach Carlo
Ancelotti labelled their poor performance as the worst since he
took charge last year. Chelsea were without captain John Terry with
a back injury and Alex (knee) and their replacements Paulo Ferreira
and Branislav Ivanovic could not cope with Welbeck and Gyan.
Wilkins was told last week by chief executive Ron Gourlay that his
contract would not be renewed but Cech claimed the defeat had
nothing to do with his shock departure. “There are things that
happen in football everyday,” said Cech. “Managers come and go and
first-team coaches and players can leave suddenly. “So we are all
used to things like that. But it’s not an excuse. It was just that
our performance wasn’t up to standard. We didn’t play well as a
team. “We gave them too much space. We were not good enough in
attacking play, we were not good enough at defending as a team –
not just individuals. “We changed the back four but it is
everyone’s mistake. We were not compact enough. We were all over
the place and that’s why they had those chances and took them. “We
tried to do our usual job at home – but it wasn’t to be and they
profited from how we didn’t play. “We gave them a lot of space and
they used that well to create good chances, attacking play and in
the end they got the goals.” Chelsea failed to test Sunderland
goalkeeper Craig Gordon while Steve Bruce’s side looked capable of
scoring with every attack. Terry’s injury has kept him out of the
England squad for the friendly with France, but the captain insists
the squad must move on from the departure of Wilkins. “Ray has left
the club and everyone is sad to see him go,” said Terry. “It was an
unexpected decision but we have to move on and stay calm. “Ray’s
been brilliant since he came in, from day one, not only as a coach
but as a man as well. “Ray was a great person to have around the
football club, he would pick you up when you were down and, if
there was a problem for any players or staff, he would be the first
one to call them to make sure everything was okay and to ask if
there was any way he could help. “All that came alongside his
knowledge and coaching ability on the football field.”