Chelsea’s Ruthless owner, Roman Abramovich, has sacked André Villas-Boas after a string of poor results that has left Chelsea fifth in the league table. Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion left Chelsea three points behind 4th placed Arsenal, and a massive 20 points behind leaders Manchester City, with 11 games remaining in the season.
Villas-Boas’s assistant, Roberto Di Matteo, has been appointed the new first team manager for the remainder of the season.
The 2011/12 season is fast proving to be Chelsea’s least successful since Abramovich bought the club, with Chelsea having won less than 50 percent of the games played under AVB. Problems with senior players, a dry spell bigger than the Sahara for his supposed Star Striker and a lack of tactical know-how along with dreadful recent results sealed AVB’s fate.
However, Villas-Boas becomes the eighth Chelsea manager in nine years to lose his job, the list including some of the finest football managers available.
So is Abramovich blaming the right people? Why not clear out the players that are clearly not cutting it at Chelsea – instead of chopping and changing managers? Was AVB really given enough time to build his new Chelsea team, shape what he believed was a successful system, and push Chelsea towards being major contenders again? Are Chelsea just too quick to cut their losses regardless of the costs involved?
The recent decline in the performance of the team would suggest that maybe they are. Stability is surely what is required at Stamford Bridge to bring back the success of the Mourinho era.