Chelsea celebrate with Villas-Boas at WolvesYou don't want to believe the stories about discord at Chelsea, but there is so much negative stuff coming out of Stamford Bridge on an almost daily basis, it is hard not to conclude there is something in it.
Tabloid journalists may not enjoy the best reputation at the moment, but they don't tend to simply make things up out of thin air.
These anonymous sources are usually genuine - often some disgruntled player or his agent. It has been going on for generations and is a good way of putting pressure on the manager.
The talk of different factions is worrying. Of course you have different circles of friends within a squad, but when people start dividing into distinct groups you have got a problem.
I can honestly say I never saw factions at any of the clubs I played at. At Manchester United, the foreign lads like Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel and Andrei Kanchelskis mixed in with the rest - Peter was good friends with Steve Bruce, while Kanchelskis got on well with Denis Irwin and they travelled to games together.
I think the money and egos in the modern game have made it harder for squads to be completely united, and I'm sure it is not just at Chelsea where this is true.
Chelsea attempted a show of togetherness at Wolves yesterday with their first goal celebration, as they went across to Andre Villas-Boas.
But you have to wonder whether it was pre-planned, and it was interesting to see their four Portuguese-speaking players - David Luiz, Ramires, Raul Meireles and Jose Bosingwa - leading the way.
Ashley Cole and Oriol Romeu were not far behind, but John Terry was late to the party and Frank Lampard never turned up at all.
Maybe that was a consequence of where the players happened to be on the pitch, but such is the atmosphere around the club you wonder if that was really the case.
Successive Chelsea managers seem to have been undermined by senior players, and responsibility for that lies at the very top.
When Roman Abramovich axed Luiz Felipe Scolari, the players saw they could get rid of a manager by undermining him.
Since then, the Russian owner's trigger-happy approach to hiring and firing means his managers never exert complete control.
Abramovich needs to make a firm statement of support in Villas-Boas - a man he paid a £13m transfer fee for, let's not forget - and give him a mandate to change his squad the way he sees fit, even if the process takes two or three seasons.
Every top manager needs to have the perceptiveness to recognise when a player is past his best, and the ruthlessness to get rid of him.
This is something Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have done throughout their careers.
Lampard, Terry and Didier Drogba are all on the downslope of their career, but I don't think Villas-Boas feels he has the power to move them on.