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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has raised concerns over his future during a radio interview yesterday. This is quite a turnaround after stating, just less than two weeks ago, that owner Roman Abramovich backs the project.

To be fair Chelsea have been struggling a lot recently; they are fifth in the Premiership, 17 points behind leaders Manchester City, 3-1 down on aggregate to Napoli in the Champions League, and have to play an FA Cup replay against Championship side Birmingham City.

However, there was one thing that he said during the interview that struck a chord: ‘I think I have felt the confidence from Abramovich. But the pattern of behaviour of the owner has led to a downfall in similar situations or even “better” situations.’ This suggests that he is worried by Chelsea’s track record of tolerance with managers.

Since Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, seven managers have worked at the…

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