Millwall captain sympathises with André Villas Boas

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MILLWALL captain Paul Robinson has described the recent sacking of Chelsea manager André Villas Boas as a "witch-hunt".

The Lions skipper, who was speaking in his weekly column for the Evening Standard, contrasted the high-pressure, reportedly toxic, atmosphere of the Stamford Bridge dressing room to that of Millwall's – where he insists the players are united.

He said: "All of us have read about the events that led to the departure of Villas-Boas as Chelsea manager and over the past six weeks it has appeared to me to be a witch-hunt — the pressure must have been intolerable.

"But I know what it feels like when the mood in a dressing room is ugly and opinion has turned against the man in charge, although I need to make it perfectly clear I am talking about past situations rather than anything current at Millwall.

"There is often an immediate upturn in results but that may not be sustained if the problems run deeper than the manager. Often, that ‘bounce’ comes because players who were not starting matches or were demotivated realise their futures are on the line and are desperate to impress.

"Those in the Chelsea dressing room will not have this problem but if your mortgage payments are suddenly at risk it is hardly a surprise if your performances improve.

"There can also be an issue regarding dialogue with the manager. Kenny Jackett, my boss at Millwall, has always been excellent in that regard."



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