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Sunday, 04 March 2012 14:42

Chelsea sack Andre Villas-Boas

"Our only option was to make a change"

After just over six months in charge of Chelsea, Andre Villas-Boas has this afternoon departed Stamford Bridge. The former Porto coach was appointed in whirlwind fashion, but a run of just three wins in twelve Premier League matches has led to Roman Abramovich taking swift and decisive action. 

A statement on the club's website read:

"Unfortunately the results and performances of the team have not been good enough and were showing no signs of improving at a key time in the season.

"The club is still competing in the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup, as well as challenging for a top-four spot in the Premier League, and we aim to remain as competitive as possible on all fronts.

"With that in mind, we felt our only option was to make a change at this time."

After yesterday's 1-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion, Villas-Boas appeared downcast: "It's not been good enough for some time. We're fifth and if that is the case, something's wrong. Every defeat piles more pressure on any Chelsea manager. We don't win enough and that does not make us proud."

Villas-Boas was appointed by Chelsea at great cost (Abramovich stumped up €15,000,000 to activate a release clause in his Porto contract), but after just 41 games in charge, the 34 year-old finds himself seeking new employment, with Internazionale already being mooted as a possible destination.

Villas-Boas downplayed the likelihood of a return to Portugal in conversation with Radio TSF earlier this week, but it certainly appears that should the Dragons decide to replace Vitor Pereira over the summer, they will not lack for options. With Domingos and now Villas-Boas available, it promises to be a fascinating summer in the Liga. 

Ben Shave

Comments (24)
24 Thursday, 08 March 2012 00:31
andre villas boas come back to porto where you belong at list here you will win trophies
AVB is still great. RA is an idiot. Chelsea players no good.
23 Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:50
The fact is, Chelsea have had a host of top class managers at their club since Mourinho and they have sacked them. They even sacked Mourinho after all he had accomplished for them. So either all of the managers were not good enough or there is some other problem. Who has the most direct impact on the outcome of a game? The players. If this many managers have failed to create a winning Chelsea team, then that should tell you something. The players are the problem. The core of the team is old and decaying and simply not as good as it used to be in the Mourinho era.

They brought AVB in for a multi-year project and they let him go far too soon. Torres was already a misfit before AVB and continued to be one after his arrival. Terry is just not as good as he used to be and Luiz is error prone. Drogba is good, but he's not the same as he used to be and Sturridge is still too young and poor makes poor decisions. Mata and Ramires have been bright spots, but Meirelles and others have been mediocre.

AVB fielded younger players...and they lost. When he fielded veterans they still couldn't win. RA is a terrible owner, most players on Chelsea can't own up to the fact that they simply suck this season (I've watched many of there games, including the last one and it was atrocious and had nothing to do with AVB...they simply sucked on the pitch). Now they have Di Matteo, even more disliked, allegedly, than AVB was by some of the players. I will never support Chelsea again after this charade.
Next yes man please line up
22 Tuesday, 06 March 2012 01:21
The Russian Made his Billions the old fashion way from what used to be oil that belonged to the Russian State. One of the Russian Presidents Split all the oil assets with his friends lets call him Boris Yeltson. Boris and the KGB Locked up the real owners and threw away the key. Sounds like a movie but very true story. The Russian state is run by hoods and The Russian MAFIA Oil Cartel, Friends of the State of

Never think for a second he is a businessperson that would be as if DON Coleone is the businessperson of the year.

I guess he did not want to hear that Chelsea is a team of old men and he did AVB a favour so he can go and be a real coach not an oil Pirates puppet.
AVB will become stronger atfer this setback
21 Tuesday, 06 March 2012 01:12
I was sad when I first heard AVB was sacked by Chelski but atfer thinking about it for a while, I'm glad because this setback will only make AVB stronger. Chelski will continue to appionment new managers every 6, 18 months whatever? and sack them until roman abramovich him self finally leaves Chelsea. Going back AVB he is still a very young manager with so much to offer. Perhaps a return to Porto to start things off again? and then perhaps a move to a top club in Spain or Itlay? What ever AVB does he will be a success again. Who ever goes to Chelsea to manage needs to know a few things, 1. to stay on good terms with the likes of Terry, Lampard, Drogba and Cole 2. To be in contention to win the premier league until the last of the season. 3. to win the C L, Abramavich is so obessed with 4. To keep selecting the tired ageing legs of Terry, Lampard and Drogba. 5. to put up and shut up with the idiotic behaviours of John Terry and Ashley Cole both on/off the field. Now thats a tall order...
20 Monday, 05 March 2012 15:52
this is like changing pillows for headache.actual cause for the problem still with in the the system(players from so-called 'golden generation' of English football).
i wonder how this Russian became so rich his decision making is the worst i seen from business owner.
roger said it best
19 Monday, 05 March 2012 13:52
look AVB is a self proclaimed god in his eyes. He flew the nest to early not realizing that is was the wing that took him to the sky and not his coaching. In porto he had everything Hulk and Falcao made him what he is. You want proof? look at porto now with a coach that no thinks should be there. Outside of falcao this porto team is still in first. AVB sorry to say it wasn't you it was your players. You could put a monkey coaching porto and they will still finish top 2.

I hope this guy fails at every 'project' he takes on and please keep him away from our national team. Unlike Bento, AVB doesn't know how to deal with the so called cancer players (ask carvalho why his cancerous ways got him no where).
18 Monday, 05 March 2012 12:59
Xavier I may agree that the Superlga is not in the same class as the Premiersip, but AVB will be fine after this.
The locker room that you supposedly think he needed to win over was the locker room he needed to change over. Terry, Lamps and the like knew that this guy was going to move them and turn over the squad. Hence him always bringing up the "project". How was he supposed to get the veterans behind him when those are the same guys he needs to replace. Unfortunately Abram let the players win again.
AVB might of been the right choice or maybe not. What is for certain is that Chelsea stills needs to be turned over with no plan in sight.

By the way the top clus in our tin cup eagle would be in the running for CL and Europa play every campaign.
Typical Chelsea
17 Monday, 05 March 2012 12:37
Rediculous decision yet again from Abramovich, a joke of a football club owner who thinks he can just buy success. I love it when I see that it fails, and they still have no Champions League win and look worse now than they've done in years. This proves that football still has a soul and it's not all about money, money, money!!!

What was the point of bringing in AVB, paying all that money for a young ambitious manager, and then not even giving him a full season to establish his influence on the team? Surely it was a long-term plan getting such a young manager in? And what timing, the club still in with a chance of finishing in the top 4, a crucial second leg against Napoli in the Champions League just a week away...and now they expect to do all this with an interim manager? Best of luck!

Anyway I have a feeling he won't return to Porto very soon. They are favourites to win the Liga now anyway and if they do, then Vitor Pereira will surely keep his job. However if our Seleccao fails at the first hurdle at the Euros this summer, then AVB has to be seen as a contender for the national team. I am fully behind Bento for the Euros and hope we can do well under him...but we also know how our federation usually acts...and they would likely sack him if our Euros campaign ends real early. Domingos Pacienca is another possibility. But first let's see what happens this summer, I still think we can do something good in the tournament, but if we don't and Bento goes...it's good to know we have two good possibilities to suceed him.
ridiculous comment
16 Monday, 05 March 2012 11:00
An easy 3 points against sporting Braga if that is the case why did Braga find victories against Arsenal, Liverpool, Sevilla, Birmingham etc.. all over the last 2 European campaigns? The Portuguese league may not of been a difficult challenge for a Porto manager but to do it unbeaten was. On top of that winning the Europa league that included a lot of strong European clubs Manchester city, Juventus, Liverpool, Napoli, Sevilla, Dortmond, PSG, Ajax, Atletico Madrid also shows good management.

AVB made a big mistake in leaving Portugal last year as he would of been much smarter following in Mourinho's steps and having a crack at the Champions league, which if he had stayed and kept Falcao could of been a very interesting test as that Porto side looked more dangerous than most of the teams that qualified for this season. After this he would of had every reason to move on, having gained that experience and built up his resume a bit but instead he chose to rush through his career and now he has come unstuck.

The next mistake for him would be to go to Inter as he will once again be in the shadows of mourinho from the start so the best thing for AVB would be a return to Portugal for a couple of seasons or if he realy wanted a challenge go to besiktas and help them try to win the league. National team manager? that would be a joke every manager out there knows you should have at least 10 years experience before even thinking about that.
Re: Realist
15 Monday, 05 March 2012 09:00
A tin pot league that has helped produce the best manager in the world and the 2nd best player in the world!
14 Monday, 05 March 2012 07:51
This is what happens when an overrated Manager from a tin pot league tries to manage in the big time.

AVB needs to go and learn his trade back in his native pub league for a while. A good season with Portugal's strongest side beating two-bob outfits week in week out is obviously not enough training to take on a proper project.

Too much too soon. There's no east three points against the likes of Spitting Braga, Beery-Mar and Jill Vincent in the English league.
NJ how does AVB look good?
13 Monday, 05 March 2012 07:47
"By him getting fired he now has the plausibility that players went against him form the beginning and refuse to play his way." So he didn't have control of the locker room? Having control of the locker room is one of the first, most basic qualities of a manager. Ancelotti won with these players, and JM won with players who were arguably worse (Joe Cole, Damian Duff, etc.). Although the Chelsea job is a poisoned chalice.
Honestly, the only suprising thing is AVB lasted this long given his poor results. Personally, I think AVB is over-rated. One good year at Porto (and let's be honest, the Primeira Liga isn't that great) and suddenly he's the next JM. Please! He isn't even in the league of JM, or Gus Hiddink, etc.

Also JM is not a traitor! He has gone on the record as saying he wants to coach the Seleccao. In fact, before bento got hired, JM asked real madrid permission to coach the NT on a caretaker basis, but madrid refused.
Worse for Chelsea
12 Monday, 05 March 2012 04:08
AVB's firing will hurt Chelsea more than AVB.

In a short year or less AVB will have another team to coach, but Chelsea's reputation for sacking coaches has only grown. Only managers who want a quick payday will now sign on, with the expectation that if in a year they don't work miracles their contract will give them a big fat golden handshake.

Chelsea has now become the football world's joke. By missing out on CL. and with financial fair play coming in they will have dug themselves a hole that no manger can realistically dig them out of in a year or two. the longer they wait for their rebuild the longer it will take.
Think about it
11 Monday, 05 March 2012 02:14
Although the outcome looks predictable people are crazy to say he shouldn't have gone.
Plenty of British pundits had and continue to come out and say how he should have leaned on the veterans leaders. If you heard any of AVB's press conferences he always referred to the project. Meaning he had an understanding with Abram that the club needed to be turned over. AVB's biggest issue, like Scolari's, Grants and Ancelotti to an extent was that those veteran players he needed to turn over poisoned the squad and buried him.
Like I said, AVB will be fine after this. I disagree in him coming back if he could get a big gig again. The fact is that Porto is never going to pay as much as others. He's a good manager who will be fine. He's also too young to be the Seleccaos manager.
For those who say he was crazy for leaving, you're insane. Nobody would have turned down that kind of money to go to Chelsea. Ths wasn't China that offered the cash. It was a big EPL club. All of us would have done the same.
Luso, how is JM a traitor
10 Monday, 05 March 2012 00:49
That is Blasphemy!
9 Monday, 05 March 2012 00:34
Could he be in at Benfica if JJ is fired?
Too much too soon
8 Sunday, 04 March 2012 22:32
He needs a small project where the expectations are not as high. Joao, the Seleccao would not be a good fit.
7 Sunday, 04 March 2012 22:30
He should never have gone there in the first place.

We all saw what happened to Ancelloti and Mourinho.

He went for the $$, and he left Porto too soon. This is what you get for jumping in the deep end, too quickly. Sometimes people drown, instead of learning to swim.
6 Sunday, 04 March 2012 19:37
AVB should take his Russian money and enjoy it some where nice and hot. I wish I could have the chance to get fired like that and never have to worry about working again. Oh, poor, poor AVB. Chelsea are an overrated team in an overrated league and country, with overrated English players. I don't blame AVB for trying to get rid of the over the hill English contingency players. What does the dumb Russian think that Pep is going to be able to play his inherited tikki takka football style with lampard, Terry, and Cole? Give me a break because some billionaire is not living in reality if he thinks so. He might as well give me the next 15 million payout instead. On another not, I think Mourinho is our next Magellan - Portuguese traitor to the hated English.
C'est la vie.......AVB!
5 Sunday, 04 March 2012 19:32
Since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea FC in the summer of 2003 he has now sacked a total of 7 managers;

1. Claudio Ranieri (10 months)
2. José Mourinho (39 months)
3. Avram Grant (8 months)
4. Luiz Felipe Scolari (7 months)
5. Guus Hiddink (3 months)
6. Carlo Ancelotti (23 months)
7. André Villas-Boas (9 months)

The Villas-Boas' deal (buy-out clause, salary, pay-off etc) meant Chelsea paid £42M for the 39 games he managed. The equivelant of £11,705 per minute in the dugout. That works out at over £1M per game.

There is no doubt in my mind that Villas-Boas will go on to become a great manager, but Chelsea have some serious issues that need addressing immediately.

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What else should we have expected?
4 Sunday, 04 March 2012 17:58
An inexperienced coach with Senior players in the EPL, and a nut job owner. AVB needs to come home and restart his carrer modestly (money shouldn't be an issue now) and build up his meager resume. He should not be the next coach for the Seleccao, maybe Porto or one of the other top 4.
AVB will be the new coach of the seleção
3 Sunday, 04 March 2012 17:07
you've heard it here first!
2 Sunday, 04 March 2012 16:33
He never had a chance............
Great News for AVB
1 Sunday, 04 March 2012 15:19
This was the best thing that could have happened to AVB. Let's all be clear and realize that hey weren't going to win anything his season and a top 4 finish is looking more and more unlikely.
Due to the circumstances; older/aging squad that needs to be turned over, those same players fighting him all the way, an inpatient owner that needs CL money due to FFP rules, new tactics, etc... By him getting fired he now has the plausibility that players went against him form the beginning and refuse to play his way.
He now will be able to come out still looking ok for any team that may want him. He will also be able to cash in on his contract. It would have been worse for him should he have stayed and failed to reach anything.

As for Chelsea, I would live if Rafa was brought in. He's another guy that interviews well, but has accomplished nothing. Before you mention Liverpool take a look at how he won. He won with others p,ayers and once he set up the squad they failed. I would love for him and Chelsea to fall flat on their face once again.
A lot of talk of Abram going after Pep, but I think that Pep will just use that to drive up Barca's price. If Pep was to leave, it would be a troubling message for Barca. In my opinion it means that he has an aging squad and is unable to, for whatever reason, change it over. Keep in mind that Barca has one of the highest wage bills in the world, if not the largest.
I also hope that Mourinho goes nowhere. Near Chelsea again. But him purchasing the house clearly shows the possibility. The Spurs don't have the money to support him or the needed change over. Arsenal has shown to be hesitant to pay out the money as well. Abram would be eating a lot of crow if Mourinho goes back as well. We'll see.

As for AVB he'll be able to sit back and see how the leagues unfold. He'll have plenty of offers throughout.

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