Chelsea go into Sunday’s game against Manchester United sitting fourth in the Premier League and their only realistic prospect when it comes to winning silverware is the FA Cup where they have reached the fifth round.
Owner Roman Abramovich is not known for his patience with managers, although Andre Villas-Boas appears unconcerned by the possibility that he might be ousted from the Chelsea hotseat in the summer and expects to be in charge next term.
“I have no doubts in my mind,” said Villas-Boas, when asked about serving a second season as Chelsea manager.
“Speculation will always come when you are unsuccessful and you are unsuccessful at Chelsea when you don’t finish first.
“It led to all kinds of different managerial changes in all different kinds of countries and all different kinds of top European clubs.”
Jose Mourinho’s days at Real Madrid appear to be numbered, with the former Chelsea manager stating a preference to return to England, with Villas-Boas admitting that his former mentor’s shadow looms large at the moment.
“The fact that there is the possibility of his return to England leads to speculation associated with the top clubs, for sure.
“Jose doesn’t take anything rather than the top, because he represents exactly the top in management.
“So whenever he becomes available, he’ll for sure be a ghost on every bench in the Premier League.”