Chelsea fans back AVB


Andre Villas-Boas has the support of the Chelsea fans, despite a relatively poor start to his reign as manager at Stamford Bridge, according to a poll conducted by GiveMeFootball.

The 34-year-old arrived in west London last June after a record-breaking season at Porto, during which the Dragões secured an historic quadruple in free-flowing style.

Although he denied it, Villas-Boas was heralded as Jose Mourinho's natural successor at Chelsea , having been mentored by the former Blues boss prior to move into management.

But, after riding into the Bridge on a wave of optimism, his credentials have been called into question after seeing Chelsea slip out of contention for the Premier League title.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the league - some 12 points behind leaders Manchester City - and are only two points clear of fifth placed Newcastle.

Villas-Boas has seen his side win only two of their last eight games in the league and, with reports claiming Mourinho is on his way back to England at the end of the season, it has been suggested the former's days at Chelsea are numbered.

Blues supporters, however, believe the Portuguese is the right man for the Stamford Bridge hotseat, as GMF found out when we posed the fans the question.

When asked "Is Andre Villas-Boas the right man to manage Chelsea?", over half of those polled voted in favour of 'AVB' continuing the job he has started at the Bridge.

Of around 12,000 votes cast, 61 percent opted for 'yes' when posed with the question, whereas only 29 percent of Chelsea fans did not believe Villas-Boas is the right man for the job.

This left only 10 percent of supporters undecided as to whether or not Villas-Boas is up to the task.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will face one of the most testing afternoon's of Villas-Boas' tenure on Sunday as the host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

United are only being kept off the Premier League summit by goal difference, following City's loss to Everton at Goodison Park on Tuesday.

Victory for Sir Alex Ferguson's side could see them climb above their cross city rivals, while Chelsea can close the gap on third placed Tottenham to three points.

However, the Blues could drop out of the Champions League places should they lose and Newcastle triumph over Aston Villa at St James' Park.

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