Andre Villas-Boas could remain at Chelsea for 15 years, says Bruce Buck

06 October 2011 07:16
Andre Villas-Boas has been warned he must bring instant success to Chelsea - but can be manager for the next 15 years if he delivers.

The Portuguese has enjoyed a promising start to life at Stamford Bridge since his arrival from Porto in the summer.

But Villas-Boas need not look too far reminders of how short life can be at Chelsea.

Get settled: Villas-Boas is being backed to remain in charge for some time to come

During the Roman Abramovich era, failing to win a trophy during a season has ended in the axe.

Claudio Ranieri, Avram Grant and Carlo Ancelotti were all sacked for failing to lift silverware.

Luiz Felipe Scolari last just eight months into his ill-fated reign between July 2008 and February 2009.

But speaking at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge, Blues chairman Bruce Buck insisted he was confident Villas-Boas would become the club's longest serving boss under Abramovich's rule.

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'We do envy Arsene Wenger at Arsenal andSir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in terms of longevity, but it shouldn't be longevity for longevity's sake,' he said.

'It has to be the right guy in the job for 10 or 15 years and, in light of Andre's age, he may well be that guy.

'His man management skills are excellent. There was a concern that how could a 33-year-old manager deal with a 31-year-old player.

'The answeris he can do it very well. We are impressed with his organisational structure. We think he is very creative, we think he instructs players very clearly.

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'We also think he relates very well to the board and to Mr Abramovich which is important, you not only have to relate to your players, you have to relate to your bosses as well.'

But when pressed on whether Villas-Boas would be given time as Chelsea boss without winning silverware this season, Buck said: 'I'm not saying anything about how wewould react if there was a period where we weren't winning trophies, I don't really want to get into that.

'We might win trophies or we might not. A manager needs success to have along term relationship with a club. Why are we here but to have a successful football club?'

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