Is Villas-Boas so fed up that he actually wants Chelsea to get rid?
AVB kindly points out that this is usually sacking season at Chelsea
It’s tough to know how to feel about Andre Villas-Boas. He’s not the most endearing boss – though Mick McCarthy’s demise pushes him up that table – yet there has to be some sympathy as he tries to assert authority over the squad who think that they can manage themselves.
Saturday’s 3-0 stroll past a Bolton side on an 11-man mission to disprove the no-easy-games-in-the-Premier-League mantra should have provided a glimmer of respite, however Frank Lampard had other ideas, sticking the boot in.
“Certain players, we don’t like not to play,” he noted, presumably without wondering whether Raul Meireles also fits this hardly unique criteria, and casually disregarding the fact that he has started 19 of his team’s 26 top-flight matches.
Yet while Lampard’s petulance disappoints a writer who often tossed aside claret-and-blue specs to back him in the much-missed Super Frankie Lamps v Stevie G debate, it is the increasingly erratic behaviour of poor AVB that is more alarming.
After countering weeks of gleeful media talk of an imminent axing by insisting that Roman Abramovich’s faith in him is as formidable as John Terry and Wayne Bridge’s friendship, Chelsea’s defence, his players’ love for Jose Mourinho, he basically said the exact opposite on Portuguese radio.
In a bewildering interview, he indiscreetly implied that Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou’s futures are as bleak as that of the Blues employee paid mega bucks to stop press leaks, took the blame for Fernando Torres’ Akinbiyiness and almost appeared to be goading Abramovich into sacking him.
It may be an inaccurate interpretation of Jamie Redknapp proportions*, but could it be that, finally realising that he is fighting a battle as unwinnable as the Vietnam War or West Ham at Anfield, he now wants Abramovich to put him out of his misery?
Are we as off target as a Charlie Adam penalty at Wembley? The favourite to replace Villas-Boas when he does eventually leave is Rafael Benitez. He is 15/8 with Paddy Power, who offer £50 of free bets to anyone signing up using this link.
*He credited Liverpool’s Carling Cup win with putting them back on the map as a desirable option for world-class players.