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Villas-Boas: Fans will want me sacked

Andre Villas-Boas believes it is "inevitable" that Chelsea fans will one day call for his head, revealing he does not see himself in club management in the long-term.

• Villas-Boas not feeling pressure

Villas-Boas takes his side to Blackburn this weekend, where he will face a manager exposed to protests from his own supporters. The kind of abuse Rovers' boss Steve Kean has endured has been somewhat alien to Villas-Boas so far in his prodigious career, but the Portuguese still understands the pressures that can arise in management.

"It's inevitable," Villas-Boas said. "[Arsene] Wenger went through it. Sir Alex [Ferguson], for sure, went through it. In the Latin countries, you see these kind of expressions all the time from one negative result. I've never had it because I've only had a two-year career, but one day it will come."

It may come sooner than later if Chelsea's recent poor run of results continues. Such pressure is one reason why 34-year-old Villas-Boas does not see himself continuing on in management in a similar fashion to the indefatigable Ferguson.

"It's a stressful job, which is why I don't want to be doing it for a long time," said Villas-Boas. "It affects your personal life, that's part of the job. Any negative result get you down."

Dealing with bad results may be part of management, but Villas-Boas has also had to share with his share of bad news during his time at Chelsea this season. John Obi Mikel's father was kidnapped in August, while racism allegations have recently been levelled at skipper John Terry. Villas-Boas remains fully behind his captain's fight to clear his name and is also ready to handle any fallout from the saga.

"I went through difficult past experiences with unfortunate and sad things happening to my players on a personal level. We went through it this season with the Mikel situation, which was unfortunate as well, but we recovered from that. We support our players when there are problems," Villas-Boas explained.

"It's not the player who arrives at training, it's the person. And the person has different kinds of problems. That's why leaders have to have human leadership skills.

"Personal problems are not affecting us. We want to be based on the positives and the positives we have are that it's a group that is unified and talented. Things will 'invert' soon. I believe a win will put us back on track. We did that after QPR, then suddenly lost it. So you need to continue to win."

Indeed, despite Chelsea being nine points behind Manchester City after just 10 games, Villas-Boas insists the gap is far from insurmountable and is already targeting the points-rich Christmas period as the ideal time for his side to pounce.

"It's a stress situation in terms of the Premier League fixture list," he said. "I think it'll be an important month. I want to get the most amount of points from that run."


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