Only three back AVB – report

Reports of a serious rift between Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas and his players dominate today’s newspapers.

It is believed that Sunday’s training-ground summit attended by club owner Roman Abramovich turned into a heated argument between Villas-Boas and the squad.

And the Daily Telegraph suggest Abramovich is preparing to fire the 34-year-old, with the availability of Guus Hiddink a factor in AVB’s possible fate.

AVB is believed to be on borrowed time.

The paper say sources close to Abramovich have indicated that he may have lost patience and is thinking of making a change.

The Daily Mail also suggest Hiddink features in Abramovich’s thoughts and that the Russian billionaire is considering alternatives to the under-fire AVB.

The Guardian reports that AVB sparked a blazing row with some of his senior players during Sunday’s meeting.

He is said to have tore into members of his team only for them to hit back by making it clear what they thought of him and his tactics.

The Daily Mirror say the players voiced concerns about his management methods and team selection, but also that Abramovich made it clear to them that he still backs his manager.

The Sun believe only three players – David Luiz, Ramires and Jose Bosingwa – are fully behind AVB.

The rest, it is claimed, do not care if he is sacked and a source is quoted as saying: “His plans are obviously not working.

“The atmosphere in the dressing room is tense and more and more players are beginning to wonder if he’s the right man for the job.”

The Daily Star also report the apparent dressing-room backlash, which followed a dismal display in the 2-0 defeat at Everton the previous day.

Meanwhile, based on reports in the French media, a number of papers are running a story about Lille midfielder Eden Hazard hinting that he could join Tottenham this summer rather than Chelsea.

And the Mail say Fulham want Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez, who has also attracted interest from Southampton, Newcastle, Bolton and Everton.

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