Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas could be sacked at any moment: Avram Grant
Published 20/02/2012 | 16:51
FORMER Chelsea manager Avram Grant has warned Andre Villas-Boas that any day could be his last amid ongoing speculation that club owner Roman Abramovich is losing patience with the Portuguese coach following a string of poor results.
Chelsea are currently fifth in the Premier League and 17 points behind leaders Manchester City, and while the pressure on Villas-Boas increases with every loss or draw, the former Porto manager has suggested that his job at Stamford Bridge will be safe provided he secures a Champions League place next season.
Chelsea are currently on course for their worst season since Abramovich bought the club and while victory over Napoli in the last-16 first-leg tomorrow night may ease the pressure on Villas-Boas, Grant has warned he could be dismissed at any moment.
"My advice to Andre [Villas-Boas] is to try and do his job and win games. What will happen will happen,” said Grant.
“In the old times, Roman [Abramovich] didn’t have much patience but now I think he’s learned something and is a little bit [more patient].
“I don’t know for how long though. It’s important for any manager to realise that any day could be your last.”
While much has been said and written about apparent fall out between Chelsea players and their manager following defeat to Everton, Daniel Sturridge has added his voice to those denying there is any "division" at the club.
Following Villas-Boas surprising confession that his "project" was not backed by all of his players, Sturridge said: "We are all together as one and we are not a divided unit.
"We are a family and we've got a good unit going here and I think maybe we will see that in the next few games."