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Oct 6, 2011

Buck eyes Villas-Boas longevity

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck wants current manager Andre Villas-Boas to build a dynasty at the club and says that he could be in charge for 10 or 15 years.

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Chelsea have gone through five managers since sacking Jose Mourinho in September 2007 as their failure to win the Champions League has caused owner Roman Abramovich to pull the trigger early. But Buck is envious of the two top managers in England, who have become almost unsackable at their clubs.

Buck told BBC Sport: "We do envy Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in terms of longevity, but it shouldn't be longevity for longevity's sake.

"It has to be the right guy in the job for 10 or 15 years and, in light of Andre's age, he may well be that guy. Everyone thinks his age might have been a negative but it's a positive."

Wenger has spent 15 years at Arsenal, while Ferguson's 25th anniversary will be celebrated in November, and many will be sceptical that Villas-Boas, 33, can get anywhere near those figures while under the command of Abramovich.

However, Buck is also hopeful that Chelsea will be able to save money in the long-run, not just from compensation payments to managers, but also from using their academy instead of paying large sums for players from other clubs.

"The problem has been transfer fees paid to other clubs for new players and that's probably our biggest expense," said Buck. "The way we've tried to attack that, not as successfully as we'd have liked to be honest, is by putting a lot of money into the academy.

"The maths is pretty simple. If you can bring a player or two through the academy, every couple of years, then you're saving £10 million, £20 million, £30 million of transfer fees."

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