Published On: Wed, Jan 9th, 2013

Former boss criticises Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas has hit out at Chelsea for not having a long-term plan set in place.

At Tottenham he claims to be well on his way to achieving his goals for the season and has moved to criticise his former club for focusing purely on results rather than the future of the club.

The Portuguese manager has also criticised Roman Abramovich, claiming the Blues owner gave AVB his word that his job was safe, yet he sacked him ‘prematurely’.

No Plans

“There are no plans at Chelsea, it’s results that rule,” said Villas-Boas, which was reported on Sky Sports.

“There are times in football when it’s easier to replace the coach.

“But when you embrace a project you believe in people. There was a commitment from Abramovich and his word was given.

“Yet there was a premature departure.”

Brief Career

After winning the Primeira Liga, Portuguese Cup and the Europa League in his first season at Porto, Chelsea moved quickly to bring him in as a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti.

But just nine months later, Villas-Boas was given the boot by the Blues owner following a poor run of results and with the club teetering on the edge of Champions League elimination.

In the summer, Tottenham controversially axed Harry Redknapp and gave AVB the opportunity to re-build his reputation in England.

After a rocky start, the manager has helped Spurs reach the dizzy heights of third in the Premier League, one point ahead of his former employers.

About the Author

- I was the first writer to begin writing for Touchline Talk when it was founded in August 2011. I moved up to the position of editor in October 2011 and became Chief Editor in November 2012. I am a lifelong Arsenal fan and enjoy nothing more than seeing Spurs failing year upon year to grab a Champions League spot!

  • Blair Condie

    AVB is right to criticise Abramovich, the chelsea owner has been to quick to sack managers, especially those who did great things for the club: Di Matteo and Avram Grant to name two.

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