Andre Villas-Boas: Are Chelsea About to Fire a Future Great?

Dan Renfro@danrenfroCorrespondent IIIFebruary 29, 2012

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02:  Andre Villas-Boas manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at Molineux on January 2, 2012 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Even though Chelsea won their last match, Andre Villas-Boas is on the hot seat.

In fact, he's probably on the hottest seat in football right now.

Fans and players have wanted him out for months now, but he remains at the helm of Chelsea. That's how it should be.

With each passing day, his job security seems more and more in doubt. In fact, on Tuesday, he revealed that he wasn't even sure if Roman Abramovich was backing him.

That's not usually a good sign.

Still, if Chelsea fire Villas-Boas, they could potentially be firing a future legend.

Villas-Boas has won before, he's young and he has stuck by his plan through thick and thin.

Even though he hasn't done it at the highest level of competition, Villas-Boas has already proven he's a winner.

In one year at Porto, he won four trophies.

Four. Trophies.

That's absurd.

Let's put it this way: Villas-Boas has won more trophies in the last 18 months than Arsene Wenger has won in the last nine years.

I'm not arguing that Villas-Boas is a better manager than Wenger; I'm simply putting Villas-Boas' trophies in perspective.

Even though the Primeira Liga is not on the same level as the English Premier League, it's still incredibly tough to go undefeated. Villas-Boas' Porto was the first team to go unbeaten in Portugal in nearly 40 years.

Most of that season happened while Villas-Boas was 33 years old. That's incredible for such a young man.

Now 34, Villas-Boas will be managing for a long time. Sir Alex Ferguson wasn't hired at Manchester United until he was 43 years old, and he has built one of the greatest dynasties in the history of sports.

Villas-Boas has a 10-year head start on the great Scot. By no means can someone compare Villas-Boas to Ferguson (yet), but AVB does have a long future ahead of him.

Villas-Boas' future will be determined by his success. He came to Chelsea with a plan, and he has stuck by it. Some people have called it irrational stubbornness, but I think of it as determination.

Villas-Boas knows how to be successful, and he's trying to bring that culture to Chelsea. With so many stubborn, experienced players, it's been a tough transition.

However, he's slowly getting the right players to Stamford Bridge, which has made Chelsea's future look a little brighter. His plan is clear, and if it works, Chelsea could suddenly become one of the best, most entertaining sides in the world.

Villas-Boas is a young winner with a plan.

Wenger was the same way. Ferguson was the same as well. They have proceeded to become legends.

If Chelsea fire Villas-Boas prematurely, they will be losing their own future legend.


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