Belfast Telegraph

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas: I'm the Group One

Andre Villas-Boas yesterday anointed himself as 'The Group One' - but admitted it was he who would pay the price if he did not bring instant success to Chelsea.

Villas-Boas was officially unveiled yesterday as Blues boss almost four years after leaving the club as part of Jose Mourinho's staff.

Mourinho famously arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004 declaring himself the 'Special One', a moniker he backed up by masterminding the most successful period in Chelsea history.

Villas-Boas, who like his mentor quit Porto to take charge of the Blues, was far more humble yesterday, insisting winning trophies would take a collective effort.

But the 33-year-old - the youngest manager in the Premier League - was under no illusions failure would cost him his job, just as it did predecessor Carlo Ancelotti.

"What you expect from this club is to be successful straight away," said Villas-Boas, who broke several of Mourinho's records en route to leading Porto to the domestic double and Europa League last season.

"I expect to be successful. To win straight away, on a weekly basis. There's no running away from that challenge. That's what I face.

"I'd be surprised to be kept on if I don't win," he added.

Owner Roman Abramovich's last four managers have operated under the shadow of Mourinho's achievements and were inevitably asked upon their appointments if they too were a 'Special One'.

Villas-Boas said: "The title, I will wait for you guys to give it to me when I'm successful. I hope I am and you give me a good title.

"This is not a one-man show. Maybe I should be called 'The Group One'. I want to group people together to be successful."

Unlike Mourinho, Villas-Boas is not looking to pick a fight with Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I have the utmost respect for Sir Alex," Villas-Boas said. "I'm not a confrontational guy."

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