A club hierarchy infamous for its ruthless approach to management, rumours have recently begun to circulate that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may be beginning to lose faith in Villas-Boas, the man Abramovich brought to the club, reportedly at great expense. With Guus Hiddink, believed to be admired by Abramovich having won the FA Cup during a successful short-term spell with Chelsea, now available following his departure from the Turkey national side, Villas-Boas has been forced to publicly defend the strength of his own relationship with the Chelsea board.
A key component of the Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, Villas-Boas served as Mourinho’s opposition scout as Chelsea secured back-to-back Premier League titles, a feat never before seen at the club. Despite this unprecedented success, Mourinho and his backroom staff departed in 2007, with the Chelsea hierarchy reportedly growing frustrated at Mourinho’s methods, a system built on a foundation of defensive stability often taking precedence over attacking flair and creativity. However, in the years following Mourinho’s departure, every predecessor since the now-Real Madrid Coach has faced almost inevitable comparisons to his successful era, a task now facing Mourinho’s former prot