Tuesday 24 October 2017

AVB admits he could be sacked

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS has for the first time publically expressed his fears that he can no longer be sure he has the backing of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and conceded that he might be sacked.

In a wide-ranging, hour-long interview in his native Portugal, Villas-Boas compared Chelsea's plight this season with their last campaign which resulted in Carlo Ancelotti being fired on the final day.

"We are now in the exact same moment as last year," Villas-Boas said. "It is an exact copy, but with a less experienced coach (in charge). I know that, in the Abramovich era, we have the worst results but I think I have felt the confidence from the owner. Let's see if he wants a change in the club or not.

"It will be one of two: either a continuation of the project and full support from above; or a continuation of the cultural pattern that has happened before. We don't know.

Should he surive, Villas-Boas suggested that Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou would be among the players leaving while bids for Porto's Joao Moutinho, Alvaro Perreira and -- possibly -- Hulk might be made.

Tevez set for return

CARLOS TEVEZ appears poised to make his return for Manchester City in a re-arranged reserve team fixture against Bolton behind closed doors at Carrington today.

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