Does a man who picked up three trophies with Porto last season suddenly become a bad manager within the space of six months? Are his tactics naive and over ambitious? Maybe he is out of his depth in the Premier League in comparison to the Primeira Liga?
Personally, I don’t buy any of the above.
Villas-Boas came to Chelsea on the back of a fantastic record at Porto. He is the youngest ever manager to win a european trophy and finished last season undefeated in the league with a record of 27 wins and 3 draws. Villas-Boas is a top quality manager whichever way you look at things.
The players have to take a massive amount of the blame for AVB losing his job. The team is no match for Manchester City and Manchester United, but they should be easily on par with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool.
There have been stories of fallouts with Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien but the more worrying thing is the hold that Drogba, Lampard and Terry seem to have within the club. None of those players are getting any younger and now is the time they should be taking a backseat every now and then to blood younger players. They cannot be in a position to influence Roman Abramovich on managerial appointments.
Chelsea should have stuck with AVB through the summer and allowed him to mould his own team, not have players bought for him and expect them to fit into his plans. The rumours at the moment are that Rafa Benitez is hot favourite for the job, but it wont matter who takes over unless the players with too much influence are shipped out.
No player is bigger than the club, Alex Ferguson has always stated this. Unfortunately for Chelsea, it seems that no one at boardroom level is taking this on board.