Andreas Vilas Boas has become the long odds on (1/3) favourite to become the next English Premier League manager to be sacked after losing their first points in fixtures with West Brom (in their 12th Premier League fixture) as the Blues sank to a woeful 1-0 defeat on Saturday, 3rd March.
West Brom were more than good value for their win with the only goal of the game coming from Gareth McAuley on 82 minutes. From there till the end, Chelsea finally woke up. The Pensioners huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow the Baggies’ house down.
This was Chelsea’s seventh defeat of this Premier League campaign and, coupled with Arsenal’s snatch and grab win over Liverpool today, leaves the Blues three points adrift of the Top Four and a coveted place in next season’s Champions League.
Villas Boas has the worst win percentage of any Chelsea manager under the ownership of Roman Abramovich and has now the equal most losses of any manager in one season under the Russian’s ownership.
Whilst the pressure will continue to mount on Villas-Boas; it must also be stated that when the players cross the white line, the manager’s influence becomes limited and Chelsea’s performances of late have been listless at best. When results are consistently going against you at the highest level however, it’s the manager’s backside which will always be on the bacon slicer.
The Portuguese spoke for the first time this week that he was no longer assured of his future with the club. Poor results, player unrest and tactical criticisms have contrived against the Head Coach and his recent uncertainty has surely now become a certainty. Bookies are likely to stop taking money on AVB being sacked before the end of the season.
Only winning the Champions League this season will mean AVB is still employed at Stamford Bridge next season. The fact that Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was man-of-the-match in this tie against a side only promoted to the Premier League last season, says it all about how the Blues performed.