Villas-Boas does not fear the chop

Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas has stated that he does not think that his job is under scrutiny and that he has Roman Abramovich’s backing.

The Stamford Bridge club are currently fifth in the Premier League standings, and face a battle to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.

Despite this, the Portuguese coach does not feel that he would be dismissed should his team get beat by Birmingham in the FA Cup this weekend.

“I don’t think so, but it’s a question that you will have to ask the owner,” he stated in a press conference, published on Sky Sports.

“I think the owner has full trust in me and will continue to progress with the ideas that we have.

“In the end, that is the objective of getting us the best position possible in the league, plus these two trophies, which we are fighting for.

“It will be extremely good for us if we win against Birmingham to put ourselves in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

“But we need strong progression in the league and to show our strength, so we strengthen a little bit more our contention for fourth place – as third is already 10 points ahead of us – so that we get Champions League qualification,” he admitted.

Villas Boas also revealed that he felt that all the Chelsea players did not back him fully, but that the owner’s approval was more important.

“That is normal. They don’t have to back my project. It’s the owner who backs my project,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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