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Andre Villas-Boas Must Be Left Alone for Chelsea to Succeed

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Chelsea Manager Andre Villas Boas looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on February 11, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Dan RenfroCorrespondent IIIFebruary 23, 2012

Yes, Chelsea are disappointing. No, Andre Villas-Boas should not be fired.

Additionally, Villas-Boas simply needs to be left alone. He's not doing a very good job, but he certainly doesn't deserve all the blame he has received this season.

Everyone just needs to be left alone.

In the last week alone, Ray Wilkins, Gianfranco Zola, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech have voiced their opinions on Villas-Boas' success. Additionally, countless experts and writers have taken a side on Villas-Boas.

At this point, it simply needs to end.

The negativity won't help. Chelsea aren't in horrible shape. Plus, this transition time was expected, right?

So please just leave the man alone.

Negativity almost never works. When the fans were booing at Stamford Bridge last week, I thought it could possibly inspire the players. As for constantly calling for Villas-Boas' head, that's absurd.

It isn't productive. Booing has the off-chance of inspiring the players. Constant pessimism doesn't.

When you look at the big picture, Chelsea have not had a horrible season. Yes, 2012 has been ugly. However, it could be a lot worse.

Chelsea are still in good shape to finish in the top four. They are alive in the FA Cup (barely), and they're a 2-0 win away from the Champions League quarterfinals.

Yes, that's an extremely optimistic way of looking at Chelsea's season, but those are all facts.

It can be easy to fall into a negative mindset, but it needs to be avoided. The season isn't over; additionally, everyone knew the rebuilding process was starting.

It would be great to win trophies every year. It's a pretty tough thing to do. Chelsea have built a high standard, and that's great. Unfortunately, it isn't always a realistic goal.

When Villas-Boas was brought in, it was clear that Chelsea were going to take a step back before huge strides forward. Now, in the middle of that step back, people want him fired?

Am I missing something?

Villas-Boas came in with a plan, not a quick fix. Chelsea needed to get younger and more creative. He's trying to accomplish that.

While Villas-Boas is attaining that goal, let's give him a little slack. The negativity is detrimental to the team, Chelsea can still make this season successful and even if they don't, a setback was expected.

If Chelsea want to return to the top of England (and potentially Europe), Villas-Boas will need to succeed. In order for him to do well, fans, experts and writers need to get off his back.

So, please, just leave Villas-Boas alone. It's the best thing for Chelsea.

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