Since the arrival of Roman Abramovich to the glitzy shores of West London and King’s Road, no man has been safe in the highest seat of power at Stamford Bridge. Ranieri, Scolari, Grant and Ancelotti fell on their respective swords, or rather were pushed by the Russian, and even the Special One, Jose Mourinho, failed to last as long as he perhaps should have.
…clubs are little but toys to these owners,
There can be no doubting the Chelsea owner’s passion for his side, and despite impressions that such clubs are little but toys to these owners, Abramovic heads and kicks every ball with the players. This praise for his character is, however, about as far as I will go.
During his tenure as owner at Chelsea, Abramovich has thoroughly failed to understand the running of a football club, certainly a successful one anyway. He forcibly removed Ray Wilkins when all was going well and destroyed Blue hopes for last season.
…did not welcome such big name particular strikers…
Not only have his staff sackings offered little hope for Villas Boas’s future, but Abramovich’s failings go much deeper. Forcing the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres on managers who have had different plans that did not welcome such big name particular strikers were mistakes of the highest order. Villas Boas is only going to have to fit in with his owner’s plans to survive and finding results when forced outside your own philosophies that stronger managers at Chelsea before him have failed to complete.
There is little doubt in my mind that Villas Boas will find his way to the Stamford Bridge exit should results not improve quickly, and very quickly indeed. And even should a miraculous change in fortune take place I would be surprised to see him in charge by the end of next year anyway. Until Roman can get his head around the running of a football club and the simple complexities of a trade that requires people who know their jobs and understand the trade. Owners around the country are showing the Russian the way and unless he should seek advice from those more successful there can be little hope for his latest recruit; 13 million pounds of compensation or not.
Images courtesy of Andre Villas Boas