Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas admits he fears for his job
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas expresses fears that he could be sacked by owner Roman Abramovich
Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he fears he will be sacked by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich before he has been given a chance to fully implement his plans at the club.
Villas-Boas’s position has become the subject of intense scrutiny following the Blues’ inability to string together a series of positive results this term, leaving the Londoners fifth in the Premier League table and their Champions League progression in doubt after a 3-1 reversal against Napoli last week.
In an interview with Portuguese radio station TSF recorded last Thursday, before Chelsea’s 3-0 Premier League victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, Villas-Boas conceded that he does not know if he has the full backing of Abramovich and admitted some coaches have been dismissed with better Stamford Bridge records than his own.
“We are now in the exact same moment as last year [when Carlo Ancelotti was in charge],” said Villas-Boas, 34, whose side have a win rate of 49 per cent since he took charge in the summer. “It is an exact copy but with a less experienced coach [in charge].
“I know that, in the Abramovich era, we have the worst results but I think I have felt the confidence from the owner. Let’s see if he wants a change in the club or not.
“The pattern of behaviour of the owner has led to a downfall [of managers] in similar situations, or even ‘better’ situations.
“What will be his reaction? It will be one of two: either a continuation of the project and full support from above; or a continuation of the cultural pattern that has happened before.
“We don’t know. We don’t know if it’ll be tomorrow or in two years from now. It’ll depend on what is the understanding of what is happening at the moment.”