Rory Smith

Rory Smith is a football writer for The Independent.

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Villas-Boas knows his job is under threat

AVB: 'Confidence is low but it is my job to lift the players'

Andre Villas-Boas has admitted his Chelsea team are locked in a "negative spiral" of results after last-minute defeat at Bayer Leverkusen left their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stages on a knife-edge. The Portuguese's side now require a victory or a goalless draw in their final group game with Valencia to secure qualification.

Blackburn are resigned to losing Junior Hoilett in January

Spurs want £9m Hoilett to bolster Europe hopes

Blackburn's 21-year-old forward has stalled on a new contract and is now a target for Redknapp

Friedrich enjoys his late winner in unconventional style

Lacklustre Chelsea add to the agony for Villas-Boas

Bayer Leverkusen 2 Chelsea 1

Cavani celebrates his Napoli goal

Cavani is latest gem off Uruguay production line

City's conqueror is from a tiny nation who excelled in the Copa America and World Cup. How do they keep doing it, asks Rory Smith

Andre Villas-Boas does not want a repeat of Chelsea’s run last winter

Villas-Boas: 'We can avoid a winter of discontent'

Andre Villas-Boas knew the post of Chelsea manager was the proverbial hot seat but just four months in he probably did not expect to find himself in the electric chair. The Portuguese insists his side's form is such that he is not surprised by whispers demanding his swift execution, but he can take solace that he is not alone on the road to perdition.

Emmanuel Adebayor: The striker is happy at Spurs but his wages may block a permanent move

Adebayor: I love Spurs but money counts

Emmanuel Adebayor has hinted at the difficulty Tottenham would face next summer should the club attempt to convince him to take a pay cut to make his loan move from Manchester City permanent, admitting he is as much businessman as footballer.

Nicolas Anelka: At 32, the France striker hoped to end his career at Chelsea but may depart in January

Anelka will go as Chelsea target Napoli ace

Nicolas Anelka has been told by Andre Villas-Boas that he is free to leave Stamford Bridge in January, as the Chelsea manager intends to recruit a striker as part of an accelerated revamp of his ageing squad. The 34-year-old Portuguese, under pressure following a run of three defeats in four games, hopes to make at least three signings in the winter transfer window to ensure his team qualify for next season's Champions League.

Andre Villas-Boas does not want a repeat of Chelsea’s run last winter

Chelsea can avoid a winter of discontent

Andre Villas-Boas knew the post of Chelsea manager was the proverbial hot seat but just four months in he probably did not expect to find himself in the electric chair. The Portuguese insists his side's form is such that he is not surprised by whispers demanding his swift execution, but he can take solace that he is not alone on the road to perdition.

David Luiz cuts a desolate figure after gifting Javier Hernandez a goal at Old Trafford last season

Luiz lapses just a sideshow in Chelsea circus

Lucas leaps to defence of under-fire Brazilian but the fault lies with entire Chelsea back four

Emmanuel Adebayor scores his spectacular first goal against Aston Villa last night

Adebayor lifts Spurs to third as Villa show only fear

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Aston Villa 0

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