Belfast Telegraph

Villas-Boas knows price of failure

Andre Villas-Boas anointed himself as the 'Group One' on his official unveiling as Chelsea boss on Wednesday - but admitted he would pay the price if he failed to bring instant success to the club.

The 33-year-old is returning to the club he left four years ago, when he was part of Jose Mourinho's staff, but has opted give himself a more modest moniker than his compatriot, who dubbed himself the 'Special One'.

But Villas-Boas was under no illusions failure would cost him his job, just as it did predecessor Carlo Ancelotti. He said: "What you expect from this club is to be successful straight away."

He added: "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.

"I want to be a winner - that's the challenge I promote to myself and my technical staff. Most of them took this challenge to be successful, not to be passing time here because the city is good."

Despite signing a three-year deal and costing 15million euros to released from his Porto contract, time is something Villas-Boas is unlikely to be given by the ultra-demanding Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich, now on his seventh manager since buying Chelsea eight years ago, is becoming increasingly impatient in his quest to win the Champions League. As well as this demand, his 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'.

It was no different on Wednesday for Villas-Boas, who 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 in the end.

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


From Belfast Telegraph