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How long until Andre Villas-Boas gets the sack from Chelsea?

The Chelsea manager is on thin ice after their 2-0 loss to Everton at the weekend. There is a possibility of Jose Mourinho being available in the summer, so will Roman Abramovich wield the axe?

After only seven months in charge, it is surprising to see questions being asked regarding Villas-Boas' strength in his position as Chelsea manager.

Similarly, with the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti the season after he won Chelsea the double, it is obvious to see that Abramovich is not an easy man to please.

This is why it is so puzzling to see the youngest Premier League manager last so long at Chelsea, with the Blues struggling to tally up the points which they hope will be enough to see them achieve European football next season.

Has Abramovich changed his ways? I think he has. With the most successful Premier League manager Sir Alex Ferguson being at Manchester United for 25 years, Ferguson's career wasn't always a smooth ride.

In fact, his beginning at Man U was far from it, only being able to achieve 11th place in his first few seasons in charge. This alone shows how greatness is not always immediate, despite what Abramovich is led to believe.

Yet, with the Chelsea players being reported to have turned against AVB, it comes with shock to see that Villas-Boas is still being backed by the owner.

The players' frustration is consolidated by their streak of four games without a win including, two dropped points at Swansea, a 2-0 loss to Everton away, and a 3-2 shock defeat to the struggling Aston Villa.

But for me, the reason why Abramovich is not giving AVB his P45 yet, is down to the imminent return of the "Chosen one" to the Premier League.

Mourhino has publicly announced that at the end of this season he would like to return to the "best league in the world" but obviously he would need to find a position to fill.

If Abramovich is to release AVB with ambition of snatching Mourhino back, then it would make more sense to fulfil this at the end of the season to avoid a temporary manager taking the club over.

Consequently, it would mean that the new manager would need to learn and adjust the squad in order to make the London club perform to a satisfactory level.

So to summarise, whether it's a new side to Abramovich, called patience, which the footballing world hasn't seen or he is waiting for Mourinho to return, it is looking very unlikely for Villas-Boas to be sacked before the season is up. 

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