Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has for the first time revealed he could be facing the axe after admitting his side’s recent performances have been well below par.
Roman Abramovic first brought on board the young Portuguese manager late last season in an effort to bring about some new spirit within his noticeably lethargic side, however, the £13.3 million signing, despite seeing triumph in the 2011 Barclays Asia trophy last summer, has yet to attain success in the form of silverware.
As critics continue to bring into question his lack of experience, Villas-Boas is certainly feeling the pressure and many are now arguing that Chelsea’s recent form is proof the former Porto man can’t handle it.
The 34 year old has revealed that he sees similarities between this season’s results and last season’s, leading him to believe that he may face similar treatment and ultimately the same consequences as his predecessor, Carlo Ancelotti.
“We are now in the exact same moment as last year. It is an exact copy but with a less experienced coach.”
Villas-Boas stated that his future with Chelsea is completely down to the decisions soon to be made by Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovic in the coming months.
“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 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.”
The Portuguese boss then mentioned briefly that, while Torres’ situation is similar to those of former Chelsea failures Andriy Shevchenko and Mateja Kezman, the Spaniard’s poor form may be down to a different mentality at Stamford Bridge.
“We have been through the Torres situation before with Shevchenko and Kezman. But Torres’ problems may have also come from a change of philosophy at the club”
Chelsea’s Russian owner is known for being quick to sack his employees and with his club underperforming (again), England might just be bidding farewell to yet another Blues gaffer.