2016/17 Premier League
Published: 11:38 12/02/2012
Andres Villas-Boas will be feeling the heat this morning after Chelsea’s worst display of the season fuels more speculation about his future at Stamford Bridge.
On the ground where his predecessor was sacked last season, Chelsea slipped out of the top four following a grim 2-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Everton grabbed an early lead when Steven Pienaar blasted his shot into the roof of the net on five minutes and with the visitors unable to carve out any real scoring opportunities, Denis Stracqualursi was able to double the home advantage in the last quarter of the game.
This was not the result owner Roman Abramovic was asking for when he met with Villa-Boas last week nor will he have enjoyed hearing the away fans chants of ‘you don’t know what your doing’ when the young Portuguese manager substituted Michael Essien in the second half.
Online bookie Paddy Power is offering odds of 7/4 for Villa-Boas to be out of his job at Chelsea at before the end of the season on which new customers could get a free bet on Paddy Power with its bet £10 get £20 offer.
Villas-Boas admitted earlier in the week that his predicament was looking ominous, with next season’s Champions League place under threat and the club’s owner having decided to take a hands on approach with two training ground appearances in a week. Speaking to the Guardian he was quoted as saying: "It is not a very honourable position [fourth] for the dimension of this club," and when asked if Abramovic shared the sentiment he said, "Yes. I think so."
Saturday’s results saw Tottenham stretch further clear in third with a spectacular 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle and Arsenal climb above Chelsea into the last Champions League position after an away win at Sunderland. If it wasn’t for the FA recruiting for a new manager, Villas-Boas would be clear favourite to be the next Premeir League manager to leave his position. As it is, Harry Redknapp holds that distinction in the expectation he will replace Fabio Capello who resigned as England boss on Wednesday.
Tottenham are flying high under Redknapp this season and it is unclear if he would want to stay on until the end of the season before taking over for England should he be asked. It has left the bookies divided on the Next Premier League Manager to Leave market. Ladbrokes make Redknapp odds-on at 8/13 but Paddy Power is offering 11/8. The Irish bookie bets 5/2 that Villas-Boas will be the next manager to go while William Hill make the Chelsea manager 5/1 to be next to leave his post.