Under-Fire Andre Villas-Boas Tells Silent Chelsea Board To Publicly Back Him

Alan Duffy

21st, February 2012


By Alan Duffy

“Just give me money, that’s what I want…”

Ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League last 16 clash with Napoli, a tie which may go some way to deciding Andre Villas-Boas’ future at the club, the Portuguese coach has appealed to the Blues’ board to start being more vocal in their support for his re-building project.

At the pre-match press conference, and with chairman Bruce Buck and chief executive Ron Gourlay both in attendance, Villas-Boas said:

“You have to understand that this club, from 2004 up to now, has made a dramatic change for the best in terms of their past. It’s the richest part of Chelsea’s history, full of trophies and success, and you want to perpetuate that into the future.”

‘To do that, you have to sometimes make changes because you cannot sustain the same habits that you had in 2004, when this environment and team was created to make a winning team.”

‘These words would be more valuable coming from the top. I cannot keep saying them but, as the voice of the club, I will continue to perpetuate this message because this is what we believe in.”

In short, AVB’s still got Mourinho’s old antiques cluttering up the hallways and he wants shot.

Whether this little dig at the men upstairs will undermine his position at the club even more remains to be seen, although AVB is convinced that Roman Abramovich is still behind him. Still, one has to wonder if the Chelsea hierarchy will heed their manager’s words, or simply give him the elbow in the summer.

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  1. SS says:

    I give him props for speaking fluent english but he needs to keep it simple. In all his interviews he always uses the weirdest synonyms and it just sounds strange. Is anyone else annoyed by this?

  2. Tom Finn says:

    I think AVB’s future at Chelsea could depend alot on tonights result at Napoli. There are problems at the Bridge, and it is time for Abramovich to back his man by telling the world that they are building a new team for the future. Or sack Villas-Boas and bring in a new man to do as he is told.

  3. QPR says:

    He gets more desperate as every day goes by. Im loving watching the soap opera but they need to get rid of Terry, Lampard, Drogba etc who are the ones undermining him, changing managers wont do a thing.

  4. 2-4-6-8-Motorway says:

    The New Mourinho?
    Aye, right, another wanker in the game

  5. Neil says:

    This just keeps getting funnier and funnier every day. Open conflict with the players about selection, bizarre quotes and abject failure on the field. I hope they don’t sack him, he’s comedy gold. The wheels came off Chelsea’s wagon in October 2010, when Sunderland beat ’em 3-0. The senior players think they run the team, there’s no discipline in the side and now the spirit and character have gone as well. Luiz and Ramires are just laughable. It’s John Terry that created this disaster, it’s him that sees himself as the boss, roll on Saturday! Pitiful.

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