Andre Villas-Boas has now turned around and said that he fears he may get the sack. With Roman Abramovich apparently unhappy with the Chelsea manager, surely it's only a matter time before he is sent packing.
Chelsea paid over the odds to get Villas-Boas in from Porto FC—an apparent £13.5 million in compensation went to the Portuguese club.
Villas-Boas has had a different view to the squad than most Chelsea managers before him—he see’s the likes of Lampard and Drogba as ageing players that should move over for new, younger talent to come through.
Although Abramovich seemed to back this theory at the beginning of the season, deteriorating results in all competitions has led to the rumours of the Chelsea manager getting the axe.
Andre Villas-Boas has previously mentioned that his predecessors having their reign cut short would not factor in to how long he would be in charge of the Blues.
He has talked about his three-year plan at Chelsea, but now his standing record means Villas-Boas has the worst win rate of any Chelsea manager over the last 15 years.
Guus Hiddink (2009) — Win Rate 73% P22 W16 D5 L1 F41 A19
Jose Mourinho (2004-07) — Win Rate 68% P182 W123 D39 L20 F326 A115
Avram Grant (2007-08) — Win Rate 67% P54 W36 D13 L5 F97 A36
Carlo Ancelotti (2009-11) — Win Rate 63% P107 W67 D19 L21 F238 A89
Phil Scolari (2008-09) — Win Rate 56% P36 W20 D11 L5 F66 A24
Claudio Ranieri (2000-04) — Win Rate 53% P197 W105 D46 L46 F353 A197
Gianluca Vialli (1998-2000) — Win Rate 53% P140 W74 D37 L29 F219 A123
Ruud Gullit (1996-98) — Win rate 50% P82 W41 D17 L24 F157 A108
Andre Villas-Boas (2011- ) — Win rate 49% P39 W19 D11 L9 F69 A42
Villas-Boas recently talked about the Abramovich reign over Chelsea and the quick turnaround in managers: "I think that I have felt the confidence from Abramovich. But the pattern of behaviour of the owner has led to a downfall of coaches in similar situations or even 'better' situations.”
One of the main actions of the Chelsea manager that brought negative attention was the decision to leave Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole out of starting lineup for the Champions League's fixture against Napoli.
Although Ashley Cole was rumoured to not be 100 percent fit, Frank Lampard was ready to play. Villas-Boas has said he thinks Lampard is one of the best in the world, but the structure he has put in at Chelsea doesn’t suit the midfielder.
Chelsea fans seem to be split on AVB staying at the club, with some seeing the potential that he has to offer, while others only seeing the negative results. Whether he stays or not may well depend on clinching a Champions League place. If Villas-Boas manages this, he may just get one more year to repay the faith Chelsea have shown in him.
But in the short-term, Villas-Boas may continue to get grey hairs, as recent reports show that Jose Mourinho is looking for a new property in London. Most of these reports seem to think that the Madrid manager will takeover at either Chelsea or Tottenham when the season comes to a close.
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