I’ll never quit Chelsea, says defiant AVB

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has declared he will “never” quit Chelsea, even if they end up empty-handed this season.

Blues boss Villas-Boas yesterday reiterated failure to win silverware was “not good enough” at Stamford Bridge and admitted that could cost him his job.

But he made it clear Roman Abramovich would have to sack him because there was no walking away from his three-year project.

He said: “I’d never resign, I’d never give up. It’s not part of my education.”

Abramovich has fired every one of his managers who ended a season empty-handed.

“Failure to win any trophies at a club of this dimension is not good enough,” Villas-Boas said.

“It happened last year, after a double-winning side. If it happens this year again, we’ll have to reflect more in depth on what is going wrong.”

Villas-Boas has admitted to making mistakes during his first season in charge and said Chelsea — fifth in the Barclays Premier League ahead of tomorrow’s trip to West Brom — should be finishing ahead of Manchester United and Tottenham with the players at their disposal.

“We haven’t had the results that we should have for the squad we have, and in normal circumstances we would be ahead of those teams,” he said.

However, he claimed leaders Manchester City’s squad was “a lot better” and suggested his side would only close the gap once Financial Fair Play began to bite.

Villas-Boas admitted the players that may have once joined Chelsea were now choosing Manchester City.

“Economic power has a direct influence on choice-making,” he said. “People could have gone to City because of the project that was being built, the super-team being built and put together. Perhaps that’s what drove them.”

Villas-Boas insists Chelsea’s dressing-room problems were the result of the club’s miserable run, and denied having an issue with Frank Lampard or other players.

“It’s an unhappy dressing room because we are fifth,” he said. “If we’re first in the league, 17 points ahead, it would be an extremely happy dressing room.”

Villas-Boas insisted there was no need for him to patch up differences with Lampard, joking: “We are not married to each other!”

He was also unfazed by defender David Luiz’s comments that the players must behave more like “employees”. Luiz’s words were seen as an attack on Lampard, although he denied this. Any slight would field speculation about a dressing room rift between the Portuguese-speaking contingent — who reportedly back Villas-Boas — and some senior team-mates. Villas-Boas denied cliques developed saying: “It has never reflected on the pitch.”


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