Stamford Bridge manager to make Portuguese return?
Chelsea’s embattled manager Andre Villas-Boas is being lined up for a return to Porto as his dressing room descends into open revolt and the Premier League club’s hierarchy explore options to replace him. Few at Stamford Bridge now expect the 34-year-old Portuguese to survive into a second season.
Villas-Boas – who claimed a first victory in six matches yesterday – cancelled training following Tuesday’s 3-1 Champions League loss at Napoli to attend his former club’s Europa League tie against Manchester City. He watched the match beside Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa and vice-president Reinaldo Teles.
Porto’s coach, Vitor Pereira, has failed to maintain the standards achieved during last season’s treble and is expected to be replaced at the end of the current campaign.
Well-placed sources believe Porto will move to bring back Villas-Boas should he be dismissed by Chelsea. Pinto da Costa has backed him in recent interviews, stating that “Villas-Boas made a mistake to leave Porto so soon.”
SOURCE: The National
Whilst it’s true that FC Porto have not appeared anywhere near as imperious as they did under Andre Villas-Boas is it likely the Portuguese manager would make a return to his former club? Well it’s possible. The 34 year old has not had the best of seasons at Stamford Bridge and if he were axed then he would surely be open to a return to the club he led to an impressive treble last term.
Chelsea are fighting to secure a top four finish and Villas-Boas’s future could well depend on whether he can lead his West London side back from a 3-1 away defeat to Napoli when the two teams go head to head in the second leg of their Champions League encounter early next month.
Though the Blues did ease past Bolton yesterday the result doesn’t erase the recent run of average form and Roman Abramovich may well be considering his options in the coming weeks as pressure on Villas-Boas grows.
Last season Villas-Boas led FC Porto to a domestic title success in a season where the Estádio do Dragão side remained unbeaten. He also took the club to a Europa League title and a domestic cup triumph to boot.
Currently Porto sit in second spot in the table, behind arch rivals Benfica.