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It is looking like something of a certainty that Chelsea boss Andre-Villas Boas isn’t going to be around much longer. The Blues suffered a very lack lustre defeat at the Hawthorns against West Brom. That could well be the final nail in the coffin of his Chelsea managerial career as criticism over naive tactics and a divided squad continues to rage on. The young Portuguese manager actually seems intent on digging that hole a little deeper, with comments such as saying Manchester City have a better squad that Chelsea do, and likening Fernando Torres to Matias Kezman and Andriy Shevchenko. That result has left Chelsea really struggling to finish fourth in the Premier League, which will have the disastrous consequences of seeing the Blues miss out on a Champions League place next season. Their Champions League position in this season’s competition is already at risk, after losing heavily to Napoli after a shambolic defensive display in the first leg of their last sixteen match.

The pressure has mounted so much on Andre Villas-Boas, that he doesn’t seem to have the support of Roman Abramovich at all, and while Villas-Boas does have his supporters in terms of that he has always stated that his Chelsea tenure will be a project for the future, the results now are hurting him. Can Chelsea afford to be patient enough to try and let Villas-Boas do his thing? Probably not, not if the huge rewards of the Champions League are missing next season. The Chelsea boss is now at the head of the Next Premier League Manager to go football betting market, trading as 2/5 favourite SkyBet. The next option back from the Chelsea manager is Blackburn’s Steve Kean who is at 8/1 with William Hill, so you can tell the bookies are expecting a new manager at Stamford Bridge soon.

Who will it be? Well there are two clear front runner’s in the betting now, as former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez continues to court a huge amount of interest at 3/1 with BetVictor. Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho is still a very good option according to the bookies at 4/1 with Paddy Power, who really like his chances of heading back to the Bridge. Fabio Capello at 10/1 with Stan James, and Pep Guardiola at 12/1 with BetVictor are also names being linked with the vacant England job too. So with the appointment of the young, inexpereicned Andre Villas Boas such a big gamble for Chelsea this season, one which isn’t paying off at the moment, how much more patient will the board be? Will Villas-Boas be out of a job if they don’t turn around their Champions League tie? Will it be before then? Perhaps after their FA Cup replay at Birmingham on Tuesday, if that doesn’t go well.

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4th March 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Rafael Benitez

Are changes about to happen at Stamford Bridge, with some serious movement in the Next Chelsea Manager betting market. Rumours are that former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is going to be called in to replace the failed experiment of young Portuguese manager Andre Villas Boas. There are major issues in the Chelsea mess at the moment, which has put them in danger of missing out on a qualification spot in next year’s Champions League. A 3-1 away defeat against Napoli midweek, and without a win in five EPL league matches, AVB’s tenure at Stamford Bridge is hanging by a very precarious thread. He had to answer questions about his team selection in Naples to owner Roman Abramovich, as experienced hands Frank Lampard and Michael Essien were left on the bench. Villas Boas has seemingly alienated a lot of the senior players at Stamford Bridge, while he has tried to implement his own touches, leaning towards youth. It just hasn’t happened for them this season, and now one of the deepest thinkers in soccer manager, Rafa Benitez is apparently in line to become the next Chelsea boss. The rumours have been so strong that Benitez has jumped to favourite in the Next Chelsea Manager betting market to become 2/1 favourite at William Hill. That is a big leap for a man who has been out of work, and overlooked many times when other job openings have cropped up.

But he has Premier League experience and Benitez lead a very average Liverpool squad through some successful times. The success of Benitez was just what Chelsea need at the moment, as it was build on stifling, organised and un-flamboyant play. Winning through hard work to rack up 1-0 wins was the forte, and it is the same style which brought Jose Mourinho much success as Stamford Bridge. So is Benitez the man to fix the Chelsea problems? Chelsea are bad at the back at the moment, and Benitez likes to keep things tight and efficient, so he would get Chelsea deeper and tighten them up a lot. There is also the strong connection between Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres (who has just been dropped from Spain’s squad), and so perhaps Abramovich is thinking that Benitez may just be the right man to get the best of his biggest ever investment, the fifty million pound man, Torres. While many Blues fans will be scratching their heads of an appointment of Benitez, a man who was overlooked in favour of Andre Villas-Boas in the summer, they will no doubt look to his most previous track record. After good times at Liverpool, Benitez dragged Liverpool down with an over abundance of average squad players at Anfield, and then after taking over at Champions League holders Inter Milan, subsequently didn’t even last a season there because they ended up going backwards from their success.

But the rumours are growing that Roman Abramovich will turn back towards perhaps more dour tactical set ups, and give up on the supposed attacking flair that AVB was supposed to bring. Let’s not forget that Rafa Benitez is a Champions League winner, bringing a tight unit between his senior players and fringe operators. That man management is clearly something which Chelsea are lacking at the moment, but the diplomatic Benitez would probably unite the senior players like Lampard and get the best out of them until their Stamford Bridge careers come to an end. Bottom line is, is that Roman Abramovich is desperate to see his club win the Champions League, and the Blues are in danger of missing out on a place in next year’s tournament. So how much does AVB have left? It doesn’t seem like a lot really, and then that will blow Next Chelsea Manager betting wide open. Jose Mourinho’s name has been touted around as making a return to Stamford Bridge. The unsettled Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is also a likely target, but big names like this won’t be as readily available as out of work Benitez. So that in itself could be a big factor in the decision of what to do, and who to put in the Chelsea hot seat.

Next Chelsea Manager Betting Odds
Rafa Benitez: 6/4 at SkyBet
Jose Mourinho: 8/1 at SkyBet
Fabio Capello: 9/1 at William Hill
Pep Guardiola: 10/1 at SkyBet
Marcelo Bielsa: 16/1 at Paddy Power

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24th February 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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Andre Villas-Boas looks ready to step into the void at Stamford Bridge (now trading at a done-deal price of 1/33 at Stan James), as he becomes the next man in line to try and bring the Champions League to the club. After much Next Chelsea Manager betting speculation about Guus Hiddink being ready to return to the club to take over as permanent boss, followed by former Dutch star Marco van Basten apparently on the brink of taking over, it is the Portuguese man who we have been tipping all along on these pages, looks ready to take charge. After Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on the last day of the season after finishing empty handed, Chelsea were ready to look elsewhere to keep up with Manchester United in the league. Chelsea looked a very tired, unimaginative side last year, and so a breath of fresh air was needed. Villas-Boas has quit FC Porto and that really should only mean one thing. A couple of days ago Chelsea said that they wanted a quick resolution to their managerial situation, and a new boss looks ready to step in and stamp his mark. Villas-Boas is one of the most highly regarded young bosses in the game, and led FC Porto to a treble last year, picking up the Portuguese league title without losing a game, winning the Portuguese Cup as well as beating Braga in the final of the Europa League. It is that incredible efficiency which Chelsea are going to be banking on in order to get them some silverware.

There was a release clause in the contract of Villas-Boas, which meant he was free to leave if someone offered just over £13 million to get him. Porto said that they hadn’t received such an offer, but with Villas-Boas resigning, the saga of Next Chelsea manager has pretty much been settled. Villas-Boas, the youngest ever manager to win a European title (at just 33) comes from a very good stable, having been assistant to The Special One Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, Porto and Chelsea. So there is history there between him and the London club, and while Inter Milan were very keen to get the Portuguese man, they would not stump up the money to get him. This is a different breed of manager for Chelsea, someone fresh and new, someone who has dedicated himself to the study of the science of coaching from his teenage years. This is not a footballer who has earned his stripes through playing, this is a man of science. There is an edge about Villas-Boas which should work well at Chelsea, and suddenly the successful days of the Mourinho era at Stamford Bridge will be at the front of the Stamford Bridge fans. But there will be a decisive difference between what Villas-Boas will have to offer over that which Mourinho did for the club. Mourinho was often bemoaned for being too defensive in his approach, happy to take 1-0 wins, while Villas-Boas is probably more of a risk taker, and we can expect a more attacking approach from him.

That is the thing which Chelsea have been lacking. They have not had the courage in conviction in going forward,even with the star names in their squad. That is not to say that defensive is not a big part of the Villas-Boas way, because it is. It all starts at the back and again the key word you can pick up on is efficiency. If the Porto model is anything to go by, then there is going to be a much quicker movement of the ball from the back to the front. He is a big admirer of what Pep Guardiola has done at Barcelona, and while there seems to be a strong organisation of efficiency, he seems to be able to allow individual talent to flourish. With Chelsea targeting big names such as Nilmar, Neymar and Falcao in the summer transfer market, it could be a Chelsea with a different look and feel about them, starting from the managerial position. This is a big stab in the dark from the Chelsea organisation, with owner Roman Abramovich looking to fulfil his obsession about winning the Champions League. But first he must start with the Premier League and chasing down Manchester United. That will be the first place to look at for your Chelsea betting with Andre Villas-Boas in charge. How much will his influence effect your betting options?

Well, Chelsea are at 11/4 with online bookmaker Unibet at the moment to win the 2011/12 Premier League title. That is good value because of course we don’t yet fully know what Villas-Boas will bring, in terms of tactics nor personnel. Still, he is an exciting prospect for Chelsea, a breath of fresh air for the club, and it could just be the very tonic needed for Chelsea to get back in amongst the silverware. Chelsea are 9/1 third favourites now at Victor Chandler to win the Champions League, and 6/1 at VC Bet to win the FA Cup.


22nd June 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News










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