Chelsea’s manager finally begins to come to terms with the ever looming possibility of his termination.
This time last year Carlo Ancelotti was forced to pat away mere murmurings of a potential sacking. This after a place in the Champions League quarter finals had been ensured, a title bid was still in motion and their names were still the latest to be etched on to the Barclays Premier League. His replacement Andre Villas Boas on the other hand is left with a mountain to climb to ensure his side get past Napoli in the final 16 of Europe’s elite competition, has as much chance of winning the league as Arsenal and faces the unthinkable possibility of Europa League football next season. So it’s intriguing that the Portuguese man has today spoke out about the similarities between his predecessor’s situation last year and his own current nightmare.
Skysports claim that in an interview with Portuguese radio station TSF, Villas-Boas stated that he still retained the “confidence” of Roman Abramovich. But the under fire boss went on to reveal a more vulnerable side to his calm exterior when coaxed about his position at the club. http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/20876/7552513/Villas-Boas-fears-sack
“We are now in the exact same moment as last year,” he said. “It is an exact copy. The pattern of behaviour of the owner has led to a (manager’s) downfall in similar situations or even ‘better’ situations. What will be the reaction? It will be one of the two, a continuation of the project and full support or just the cultural pattern that has happened before. We don’t know.” http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/20876/7552513/Villas-Boas-fears-sack
Only a few weeks ago the former Porto boss appeared to truly believe Ambramovich was behind him during a season of unrest and transition. But recent bust ups with Frank Lampard and the unreasonably detestable Ashley Cole has seemingly left AVB nervously peering over his shoulder, as the Russian Billionaire draws up yet another short list of lambs to the slaughter. Whilst describing this season as “comparable” to last is no doubt the ramblings of a man who has endured too many sleepless nights, it’s hard not to feel a little sympathy for somebody who’s simply trying to implement his own philisophies.
It’s incredible to think that after years of farcical goings on at management level for Chelsea, senior players like Lampard still come out and openly question their relationship with the man at the helm. When will these so-called big names finally look up at their sagging faces in the mirror and realise they aren’t the footballing equivalent to Peter Pan? When will the intimidating Didier Drogba loosen his grip on the club and move to China or somewhere equally financially rewarding? When will John Obi Mikel find a club that could actually benefit from a midfielder who can’t pass the ball? Whilst the answers to these questions are not forthcoming, support for AVB should be, as it’s up to the fans to stand by the man their club payed £13 million for if they want the current crop to eventually step out of the large Mourinho shaped shadow which still engulfs Stamford Bridge.
The manager himself meanwhile must continue to stay strong. Whilst he’s made some woeful decisions this season, persisting with the awful Raul Meireles for example, some neutrals who understand the value of giving a coach time will continue to admire his tenacity in the face of such a thankless task in overhauling this over paid, over pampered and overaged squad of ego maniacs.
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