Jan 162013

Current Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has finally admitted that Chelsea had to sack him for a change in results.

AVB was sacked after only 8 months in charge, despite Roman Abramovich paying Porto €15Million to break his contract and getting the Ex-Porto manager to sign a five-year deal.

The Portuguese manager tried to shuffle the experienced players around too much, which caused conflict in the dressing room. He lost the respect of club captain John Terry along with Chelsea favourites Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, leaving Roman Abramovich no choice but to relieve him of his duties.

AVB’s assistant Roberto Di Matteo was put in temporary charge, and repaid the faith in him with FA Cup and Champions League glory.

Villas-Boas said: “I watched it [Champions League final], but not right to the end. There were players in the dressing room that I liked a lot, and to whom I could only wish the best. It wasn’t easy for me to leave. I congratulated certain people with whom I’d worked there, those who had given everything, who were my friends.”

The Spurs boss was disappointed not to of been given more time to turn things around, but accepts Chelsea had no choice.

“I think that I could have been given the chance to continue. But I’m well aware that the change was the only way to have an impact in terms of results,” he added. “When you’re in that negative spiral, there are two sorts of reaction: either you stick to your project for the future and the people who are part of it, or you want immediate success. In that case, you have to change everything.”

Roman was hasty in paying so much to hire AVB, and was just as hasty in sacking him. He should not have risked so much cash on a manager who was still in an early stage in his career. It all worked out in the end with our Champions League success, but we need a long-term manager now. Jose to the rescue?

Jan 102013

Ex-Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has started the mind games early in the battle for third place, with the Portuguese manager claiming Chelsea have no long-term plans.

The Spurs boss was sacked after only 9 months into a 5 year deal, in which he had been promised time to build his own team to fit his fluent and attacking style of play.

The manager was subject to speculation that he had lost the confidence and control of his team, with the term player-power being blamed for his departure.

“There are no plans at Chelsea,” AVB is quoted as saying in The Sun. “It’s results that rule. There are times in football when it’s easier to replace the coach, but when you embrace a project you believe in people.

“There was a commitment from Abramovich and his word was given, yet there was a premature departure.”

He appears to be having a much better time with things at London rival’s Tottenham Hotspur, who currently sit in 3rd place, above Chelsea having played a game more.

On Spurs, Villas-Boas added: “We’re achieving what we’ve been asked to achieve, we’re still in the Europa League and third in the Premier League.”

This is sour grapes to say the least. He was the manager, and he failed to prove to the team that he was the boss. If the players cant respect you then why should we? You failed at Chelsea, and was lucky to be given another chance. I think AVB should concentrate on his own job…

Dec 072012

Current Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has complained about UEFA regulations that “reward” clubs “failure” in the Champions League group stages, specifically Chelsea’s inclusion in the Europa League round-of-32.

Andre Villas-Boas has claimed his former club Chelsea should not be rewarded for Champions League failure by playing in the Europa League.

But the ex-Stamford Bridge boss now wants his Tottenham side to meet Rafa Benitez’s Blues in Europe’s second-tier competition after Christmas.

“Sometimes it’s destiny,” he said.

Tottenham reached the last 32 of the Europa League with a 3-1 win over Greek side Panathinaikos on Thursday – their fourth straight victory in all competitions.

They cannot be drawn with Champions League holders Chelsea in the next round but AVB could face his former club in the last 16.

The Portuguese coach added: “I think it’s extremely unfair.

“The clubs that should come down are the Champions League clubs that qualify for the last 16 and then are knocked out. That’s much fairer.

“You can’t give a bonus to teams who have failed.

“In the situation as it stands, teams fail in the Champions League and are promoted to the Europa League, which is a massive bonus.

“This is not something which I’ve just invented yesterday, it’s something I said in UEFA meetings when I was at Porto.

“It’s up to them to decide, but I think it’s not fair.”

“We can’t meet in the last 32, so anything can happen,” added AVB. “Sometimes it’s destiny.

“Hopefully if we go through, we can meet each other, obviously.

“They have a team that can win the trophy, so they will be up to the late stages of the competition. We hope to do so.

“If we cross, it is going to be two magnificent games, for sure.

Villas-Boas has done well so far at Spurs, but won’t stand a chance if they meet in the Europa League. Chelsea have plenty more experience in Europe and will rise to the occasion should we meet.

I look forward to a possible London derby in the Europa League, and will no doubt be hoping the draw pits us against each other. Who else would you like us to be drawn against?