Don’t understand the title of this blog. I don’t understand the story behind it!
Translated, that title reads Andre Villa Boas Got to go, laugh out loud, what the f***
AVB got sacked on Sunday. What a mess Chelsea find themselves in. But why. Well here’s my thinking behind the situation. I could be totally wrong but reading between the lines, this is my theory and reasoning under a few headings:
Andre Villas Boas was brought into Chelsea at a great cost to the club. Sums of money being quoted £18 million, £20 million. Either way, he’s cost Chelsea somewhere in the region of £1 million a game. Not bad work if you can get it.
He was played out by the media to be the next Jose Mourinho and this was possibly his downfall from day 1. I rate him hugely as a manager, he has proven success and is younger than some of the players at Chelsea. He is a modern clever manager, treating the job as a project and looking at the whole thing long-term, not just next Saturday. Perhaps he was looking too far ahead considering he inherited an aging squad.
I get the impression he was an argumentative figure. He never really got the British Media. He never really joked with them and snapped on quite a few occasions. But unlike your Ian Holloways of the world of management, he seemed a bit more quiet and stroppy when he snapped. The media did not like this, he was no fun, he gave nothing away, gave them nothing to report. For this reason, they would write negative things about him.
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STAFF
Whether there was ‘unrest’ in the playing staff or not, I got the impression he walked into the club and said ‘Its my way or the highway.’ Perhaps not the best way to deal with a group of players who have had it quite easy in the past. I do not agree with the players in their complaints about their manager. We have all at one point or another worked for a boss or company that we dislike or do not agree with. Do we go out of our way to ensure the company we work for fails? No. We continue on because they are paying us. If it is still unbearable, we then leave, go elsewhere.
Perhaps there could have been an even ground on this. What was AVB’s problem with Frank Lampard? Is this what upset other players? I get a feeling more happened than we are lead to believe on this
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BOSS
Everyone is pointing the finger at Roman Abramovic. Lets not forget who put their money into the club to ensure this high level of manager could come to the club in the first place. This is the boss who will support you and give you the tools to succeed. Why wouldn’t he sack someone who was not coming up with the goods.
POTENTIAL FOR SUCCESS
Had he been given more time, I am confident he would have succeeded. I totally agree with the comments I keep hearing that he was the right person for the job at the wrong time. Had he got the job in 5 years time, you may have seen a totally and more successful period in Chelsea’s history.
People keep looking at him to be the next Jose or Special 1…. hes not. No one will be. Thats what made Jose Mourinho so special. There is no one like him and there never will be.
If you want to liken AVB to another manager, try Arsene Wenger. A manager who needed time to create a project which although not doing too well now, has been hugely successful in the past mainly down to Wengers project. AVB would be able to create a similar situation where ever he goes next.
WHATS NEXT FOR AVB?
I would love him to be the man who replaces Harry Redknapp at Tottenham. To continue the great work already done there but to add something a bit different to it. He won’t goto Spurs however as I cannot see Tottenham paying out the kind of money he would want.
He will goto Spain or Italy and he will be hugely successful. He will win the Champions League and he will come back to haunt Chelsea. He’s been given a rough ride this season but I think it will make him a better manager from the experience.
WHATS NEXT FOR CHELSEA?
Jose? Nah. I expect them to stick with Di Matteo to get the job full-time. It is strange of Assistant Managers to be kept on like this when the manager has been sacked but I do not think AVD and Di Matteo actually had a lot in common. They did not play together and I doubt they knew each other that well before Di Matteo was appoint AVBs assistant. I think it was a clever move by AVB to bring in a Chelsea favourite to assist him. Chelsea will be looking to spend very little on a new manager so to help with the financial fair play rules coming in. Di Matteo is more than capable of this and has proved it at lower levels. I think he can step up and save Chelsea’s season and would be interested to see how much he has to succeed to get the job permanent.
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