Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas and his players called to summit with owner Roman Abramovich
Roman Abramovich held a crisis meeting with Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas and the first-team squad at the club’s Cobham training ground in Surrey on Sunday with fears growing that the season is unravelling.
The players were hauled in after they were told their scheduled day off had been cancelled immediately after the 2-0 away defeat to Everton which saw Chelsea slip to fifth in the Premier League table.
Abramovich ordered a series of meetings to attempt to clear the air as the Russian billionaire becomes increasingly concerned as to whether Chelsea will finish in the top four this season and, therefore, fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since he took ownership of the club in 2003.
The pressure has risen dramatically on Villas-Boas whose own position would now appear under threat for the first time since he was appointed following a run of just two victories in their last 10 league matches and with the vital Champions League tie against Napoli looming, after this weekend’s FA Cup Fifth Round fixture against Birmingham.