Saturday 21 April 2018

Villas-boas: I've got time

Andre Villas-Boas has warned that Chelsea's Premier League position could still get worse before it gets better, but has promised to manage the club his way, regardless of the short-term consequences.

One possible outcome remains the sack but, as Chelsea look to end a five-game winless streak against Bolton today, Villas-Boas appeared to challenge Roman Abramovich to hold his nerve.

"The problem is that results lead you into doubt," said Villas-Boas. "As I am here I am learning to know the owner. He (Abramovich) can ask me my thought process but I don't know his. Maybe in the past there has not been patience. That is cultural at the club. Things can go further down still by the fact it is so tight in that battle for fourth place at the moment."

Although Chelsea have slipped to fifth in the league, Villas-Boas then said that he thought Abramovich appreciated both the club's need for continuity and a manager's need for time. "There is full understanding of the owner in that sense," he said.

"Society is always in a hurry, we are in a hurry for everything, the fans are in a hurry for results.

"What is most important is not to undermine responsibility to next year. I will do this my way, absolutely."

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