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.
Online bookmaker Bet356 offer a free £200 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first deposit on a new account, with a 100% bonus. This means that on your new Bet365 account, you can get £200 worth of free bets, as they match your initial deposit. Bet365 provide superb football bettingthrough their live in play services, and with their 0-0 Bore Draw Special, they offer some insurance as well. Place a pre match Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast bet on any football match listed on the site, and if any bets in those markets lose because the game ends in a 0-0 draw, Bet365 will refund those lost stakes.