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Pressure mounts for Andre Villas-Boas

Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday has intensified the pressure on under-fire Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, with the young Portuguese plummeting in Premier League sack race markets.

The Blues came into the game having lost three out of their last four Premier League matches, which saw them slump to fifth in the table.

It is the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 10 years and with Champions League progression now in the balance, speculation has continued to grow over Villas-Boas’s future.

It would be a dramatic turn of events for Chelsea’s Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, to part company with his manager just months after he paid FC Porto £13.3m to secure Villas-Boas’ services.

But Chelsea’s indifferent form has led to suggestions of a rift between Abramovich and Villas-Boas, with newspaper reports claiming a fractured relationship has developed between the two, although club officials have described this as “total nonsense”.

Speculation about Villas-Boas’s future has also intensified after former Chelsea caretaker boss Guus Hiddink became available. Hiddink recently left his post as Turkey’s national team manager, leading to reports that Abramovich would happily welcome him back to Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas is now fourth favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked. He is generally priced between 4/1 and 5/1 (various) with Bodog offering only 2/1 on the Portuguese to be sacked next.

Unsurprisingly Hiddink has been installed as the early favourite to be Chelsea’s next permanent manager, with Stan James and William Hill both pricing the Dutchman at 5/4.

Jack Watkins
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