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Abramovich -The Root Of Chelsea's Problems!

By Harry
Sunday 4th March 2012
Today at about 1pm, I heard the news that Andre Villas-Boas had been sacked as manager of Chelsea FC. Being a lifelong Manchester United fan, I should have greeted this news with celebration and a few sarcastic tweets aimed at my Chelsea-supporting friends. But instead, I was thoroughly shocked at the event.

Let me explain why. Villas-Boas is a terrific manager, and proved just that by leading FC Porto to one of their best ever seasons last year, with success in Europe, victory in the National League and the Taca de Portugal. The last manager to do that was Jose Mourinho in 2004. (Haven't heard much about him since, what's he doing now?)

At least five or six top-tier clubs were desperate for his signature, and at an estimated cost of £16 million Roman Abramovich brought him to Chelsea. The club had finished second in the Premiership the year before, and the Russian billionaire was keen to improve on that this time around. With a tricksy £50m striker on board, along with AVB-lookalike Juan Mata, what could go wrong?

Well, a lot. After just nine months at the helm, including three defeats in the last four matches, he was gone - presumably with a large cash payoff to soften the blow a little. David Luiz and Fernando Torres, who have a combined cost of £70 million, only showed a  combined worth of 78p and a Freddo bar.

But you know about all that - what I want to know is, should it really have happened? Has Abramovich's impatience gone too far? It seems that after appointing any new manager or coaching staff, he expects the club to win the Premiership, World Cup, Oxford Boat Race and FHM's Sexiest Woman In The World contest pretty much instantly. Carlo Ancelotti won the FA Cup and his reward was a P45. Avram Grant took them to within one kick of the Champion's League (ah, John Terry, those were the days...hehe...), but he promptly got sacked, ended up at West Ham and got sacked from there too. We've got to the stage when if you're offered the Chelsea job, offering yourself up for medical experimentation seems like an entirely viable and possibly preferable alternative.

Why was AVB not given another chance? Yes, he made some dodgy decisions - his lineup for the Champion's League tie against Napoli was 'career suicide', in the words of Jamie Redknapp - but who hasn't?

Abramovich might be pumping millions into the club, but he's stifling any chance the club has of meaningful success with a dictatorial style of ownership. Just give the poor sods a chance, eh Roman?

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