Chelsea chairman Buck backs Villas-Boas

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck has backed current manager Andre Villas-Boas to stay at the club for the longterm, emulating Sir Alex Ferguson’s long and successful era in charge of Manchester United.

Villas-Boas, 33, has had a successful start to his Chelsea management career, with five wins from seven, the only defeat coming away to Man Utd, a result seen by many as a little unfortunate for the London side.

Since Jose Mourinho left the club in 2007, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti have all taken the helm of the club, but none have had the position longterm.

Buck, talking to BBC Sport, is looking to change that, and hopes the former Porto coach will deliver enough success to start a more stable period for the club: “We do envy Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in terms of longevity, but it shouldn’t be longevity for longevity’s sake.

“It has to be the right guy in the job for 10 or 15 years and, in light of Andre’s age, he may well be that guy. Everyone thinks his age might have been a negative but it’s a positive. He has really been able to relate to the players. He is a very organised guy who really understands football.”

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