DEFIANT Andre Villas-Boas says he may not have done enough to keep his job at Chelsea – but that he will never quit.
The Blues lie fifth in the league, on the brink of going out of the Champions League, and facing a replay at the home of a Championship side next week to stay in the FA Cup.
Thus, there is a significant chance he will end the season trophyless – the same status that led to the departures of Carlo Ancelotti and Avram Grant in previous seasons.
Is this enough to remain as manager of Chelsea Football Club? “You have to ask the owner,” said Villas-Boas. “It's only him who can say if there is that right to continue to portray the future or not.”
But asked if he thought he had done enough, the boss said: “No, not at all. I've said that in the past. It's nothing new. Any Chelsea team finishing a season trophy-less is not good enough.”
But even so, only the owners axe will see him leave Stamford Bridge as he has no intention of falling on his sword.
“No, not at all - I'd never resign,” he said. “I'd never give up. It's not part of my education.”
In reflective mood, Villas-Boas did concede that mistakes on his part may have led to Chelsea's present position in the league.
“It's not only down to individual mistakes, or my individual mistakes, but the consequence of events that happened to this group,” he said.
“We can only go further in that conversation, have a further truth, at the end of the season. I cannot perspectivate negativity when I'm playing for all those things we are playing for.”