ANDRE Villas-Boas has sent a message to Chelsea's rebel stars: get behind me or get out.
In his toughest talking outburst to date, the Blues boss claims he has the full support of owner Roman Abramovich , and has also insisted that players who fail to pull their weight will be shown the door.
It has been a tumultuous week for the Stamford Bridge outfit. First Abramovich arrived for training ground talks with the boss and his team; then Chelsea put in what the manager called their 'worst performance of the season', going down 2-0 at Everton.
Ever since that Goodison defeat, the media has been abuzz with talks of rows, clear-the-air-talks, rebellion and leaks from the club's Cobham training ground.
Villas-Boas insists his authority has not been dented by this run of incidents.
He said: “I have no less or more authority from the way you are putting it. My authority is total because it's the owner's authority,” he said.
“They don't have to back my project,” he added flatly, of the players who are reported to be in dissent of his methods. “It's the owner who backs my project.
“I think the owner has full trust in me and will continue to progress with the ideas that we have.”
Asked about players who felt that his management 'project' wasn't right for them, Villas-Boas said oniniously: “Two players have already departed, and further will depart in the future and wont make part of the project: which more or less they expect. But this is the reality of any football team.”