Chelsea soccer players are losing faith in beleaguered manager Andre Villas-Boas and do not care if the inexperienced Portuguese is fired.

Fans turned on Villas-Boas, 34, during Saturday's 2-0 English Premier League defeat at Everton -- and now even his own players are largely indifferent as to whether he stays or not.

A close source said, "The players stuck with AVB until the New Year because they realize he was under orders to change things, but 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 source added, "It's reached a stage where many of them don't care whether he's there or not. No one foresaw this situation -- but the results simply aren't there, and he's suffering because of them."

Messi the Great

Only David Luiz, Ramires and Jose Bosingwa are understood to be fully behind Villas-Boas as the Blues struggle to keep up their challenge for a Champions League spot.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has taken to visiting Chelsea's training ground to read the riot act, but it has had little effect on Villas-Boas or his struggling squad.

Next week's Champions League clash with Napoli in the first round of the knockout stages has taken on a whole new meaning.

Stuttering form and ineffectual displays brought only one win in four EPL games -- including draws with Norwich and Swansea -- and the Blues remain in joint fourth place with Arsenal.

But with Newcastle and Liverpool breathing down their necks for the coveted Champions League spot, time could fast be running out for Villas-Boas.

Chicharito's Excellent Adventure

The cost of hiring him from Porto and firing his predecessor, Carlo Ancelotti, last May was put at around £28 million ($44 million).

But Abramovich has a history of showing that he will not hesitate to fire a manager -- regardless of the cost.

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