Sun, 04 Mar 2012 14:53:20 GMT | By Chris Aaron
HYS: Were Chelsea right to sack Villas-Boas?

Chelsea sack manager Andre Villas-Boas after poor form. But were they right to?

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With immediate effect, Chelsea Football Club has sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas. A poor string of results for the Londoners have raised speculation surrounding the manager's possible termination, and after the club's weekend 1-0 defeat to WBA, it seems as though Chelsea officials have lost all patience.

AVB's assistant, Roberto Di Matteo - a former Chelsea player himself, will take over the managerial duties at the club until further notice.

It has only been eight months since AVB's appointment at Chelsea, and his replacing former manager Carlo Ancelotti.

In a public release, Chelsea officials have expressed their displeasure at AVB's termination, and regret that things had not worked out for the better.

Speculation from football pundits and fans expressing their opinions on social networks suggest that former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez might be hurried over to take over as the new Blues manager despite the no such word from the club itself.

Chelsea Football Club, under the close inspection of its billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, has made a habit of signing and firing managers in what most consider too short a time.

But were they right to get rid of AVB this time? He has a proven track record with Porto, and was poised for so much greatness at Chelsea when he was signed.

Should Chelsea have given him, and many more managers before him, more time to settle in? Or were they right to get rid of him?


Mar 4, 2012 11:36PM

The time when he put Anelka and Alex on cold bench was the beginning of his loss of con****f the players. Being young, and new to the club, he handled poorly in that matter and that is, I believe, the start of his dramatic downfall.

Rafael Benitez to be the replacement? He can't go far with those senior players there, unless he has insisted in the contract that Roman Abramovich can allow him to have a free hand on how he'll like to deal with them!!!

Mar 6, 2012 8:40AM

Abramovich should freeze all these players first and see whether the dressing room is better. If it is not better, then he can sack AVB. The next manager will still have problems with these arrogant old guards and Abramovich should not give any of them a future as they have take their interest first instead of those of Chelsea.

Abramovich should have allowed AVB to change the whole team.

Mar 5, 2012 2:04PM
As a Manchester United Football Club supporter;

I am shocked at the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas who clearly I think is the right manager with ambition and mind set... Roman Abramovich clearly don't know football and a great side can't be put up by different managers without giving them time..

Jose Mourinho was the first and he is by far the most successful of the 6 coaches (minus Guus Hiddink who managed Chelsea Football Club with a winning percentage of 72.7% on a part time basis after the sacking of Luis Felipe Scolari who managed a 55.6% winning record), second best winning percentage coach who was sacked is the care-taker manager Avram Grant (who took Chelsea Football Club to the Champions League on the same squad that Jose Mourinho couldn't have done in Russia), third winning-est coach which was sacked is Carlo Anchelotti with a winning percentage of 62.6% while the fifth coach which was sacked while having a above 50% winning percentage was Claudio "Tinker-man" Ranieri with 53.3%.

Andre Villas-Boas has a winning percentage of 50% but to be fair.. if the Senior players choose to not listen to the managers order.. What can the manager can do?

Mar 5, 2012 5:33PM

Chelsea and sacker Mr. Abramovich are both wrong, it takes time to build a team and most of all it is the players that plays on the football pitch, why must all the blame go to the Manager alone?

Aging players like Lampard, Terry and the likes in the current Chelsea team are too arrogant and thinks too highly of themselves and is living in past glories.

If they are true Chelsea supporters themselves, they should engage the blueprint for the rejuvenation of the team over a longer horizon. There's a few "Senior" Chelsea players still on the sidelines of the England team and looking at the results of the National team, i'm not surprised that AVB ended up with the same fate like the England Manager.

Beware the hidden hand whichever new manager that jumps in the line of fire.

Nontheless, Mr.Abramovich do pay generously i believe.

So, do i see any hands?

Mar 6, 2012 12:34PM
last time i play cm2004 i use 4-4-2.. then i put petr cech as striker.. he score goal ler!!! haha
Mar 5, 2012 11:11PM
Seems like Mr Roman Abramovi**** willing to spend money on paying settlement cost then spending the correct $$ on player... 50 million pound for a striker who was injured is definitely a stupid buy and I doubt that it was Carlo Ancelotti idea to begin with....

I pity Chelsea future boss.. How to be a great manager knowing well you have an Idiotic Russian who don't know football but owns the club.. (Look at the Glazer Family for example where David Gill work with Sir Alex to get the right player for the club is the right model to go with foreign owners template)

Mar 6, 2012 6:10AM
Welcome to the world of billionairessss... to him, her or it... they are, the players and coaches, big big toys to be discard when felt boring ma!
Mar 5, 2012 1:43PM
If you choose to work for a Communist dictator you must not expect much leniency. Sorry AV-B,.... off you go to the salt mines. You have fellow sufferers there to commiserate with.
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