CHELSEA'S new boss has reacted coolly to suggestions from the chairman that he could be there 'for the next 15 years.'
Bruce Buck this week voiced his belief that Andre Villas-Boas could emulate someone like Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and break the hiring and firing culture which has characterised the Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge.
But the man himself, barely into his managerial career, will not be drawn on the possibility, even though he does not rule it out altogether.
“I don't really have a career plan," Villas-Boas said. "Tomorrow [October 14] I will only be two years into my career and I really don't know. It's very difficult to imagine that [being at Chelsea for 15 years] and for Sir Alex, it would have been difficult to predict 27 years ago that he was going to be in the job for that extent.
“This is not something that you can predict. I think a longer or shorter stay cannot be related [just] to success. Last year I went through the same. My emotions told me I would be there [Porto] for a long time. We won four trophies, but now I'm here.
“What I understand from the president's words [Buck's] is that it's confidence in the work that we are doing.
“We are happy with what we are achieving – not fully happy because we would like to be first in the league – but are confident for our future and we appreciate the words from the president.
“I have arrived with a three-year contract and there's always room for improvement. We just hope that we can improve in all areas and take this club forward.”