13 Feb '12, 5am

Chelsea squad's day off cancelled, hauled back to training ground for crisis talks with Roman Abramovich

LONDON - Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich held a crisis meeting with manager Andre Villas-Boas and the first-team squad at the club's Cobham training ground in Surrey yesterday, with fears growing that the season is unravelling. The players were hauled in after they were told their scheduled day off had been cancelled immediately after the 2-0 away defeat to Everton on Saturday which saw Chelsea slip to fifth in the Premier League table. Abramovich ordered a series of meetings to attempt to clear the air as the Russian billionaire becomes increasingly concerned as to whether Chelsea will finish in the top four this season and, therefore, fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since he took ownership of the club in 2003. The pressure has risen dramatically on Villas-Boas, whose own position would now appear under threat for the first time since he was app...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Sports/EDC120213-0000105/Abram...

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