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!!!
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.
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?
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?
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)