Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas insists there is no chance of him being sacked if the club fail to reach the Champions League knockout phase or fall even further adrift in the Barclays Premier League.

Speculation is rife over whether or not billionaire Blues owner Roman Abramovich will keep patience with Villas-Boas should the Portuguese fail to arrest the club's nightmare start to the season, with the club facing tough fixtures at Newcastle on Saturday followed by Man City at Stamford Bridge on Monday week.

But asked why he felt his future was secure, Villas-Boas said: "Because I was brought in for a three-year project and we believe in it."

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