Villas-Boas shrugs off Jose threatFebruary
16, 2012 Email Print By ESPN staff Chelsea boss Andre
Villas-Boas has insisted he has no problems with Jose
Mourinho being in regular dialogue with members of
his squad. Porto president Pinto da Costa claimed
this week that Villas-Boas was being undermined by
Mourinho remaining close to key members of the squad
he led to Premier League glory while at Stamford Bridge.
Villas-Boas claims he remains in contact with players
he became close to while at Academica and Porto and
has dismissed suggestions Real Madrid boss Mourinho
is undermining his work at Chelsea. "It is normal,"
Villas-Boas said. "I have emotional attachment to
players at Academica and Porto. I text them and they
text back, it is normal. I have no problem (with Mourinho
texting)." Villas-Boas dismissed talk that he had
a row with some of his players following the defeat
to Everton, but did concede that he may not have the
unequivocal support of the squad. "Not strong words,"
Villas-Boas said of the meeting on Sunday. "We had
no row. There was a meeting of technical staff and
players, there was nothing dramatic. Everyone knows
we need more, the results have not been impressive,
it is up to the players and the management to take
responsibility." Villas-Boas is confident his own
job was under no more threat this week than last.
"I don't think so, but it's a question that you will
have to ask the owner,'' added. "I think the owner
has full trust in me and will continue to progress
with the ideas that we have. "In the end, that is
the objective of getting us the best position possible
in the league, plus these two trophies, which we are
fighting for. "It will be extremely good for us if
we win against Birmingham to put ourselves in the
quarter-finals of the FA Cup. "But we need strong
progression in the league and to show our strength,
so we efficate a little bit more our contention for
fourth place - as third is already 10 points ahead
of us - so that we get Champions League qualification.''
Two former Rhode Island Stingrays campers played
for the US Mens National Team this past week. Michael
Parkhurst of FC Nordsjaelland (Denmark) and Geoff
Cameron of Houston Dynamo both started in the US victories
over Panama and Venezuela. Parkhurst at 5'11" played
180 minutes at central defender and Cameron, a 6'3"
defender played 141 minutes. Every January, the US
team holds camp for potential national team players.
This gives the players a chance to impress the coaching
staff while playing international matches in a friendly
atmosphere. Under the direction of Head Coach Jurgen
Klinsmann, the US philosophy moving forward is to
develop the ability to keep pace with the big nations.
This means gaining confidence and playing with hunger