Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich right to sack Andre Villas-Boas
Sharethematch.com takes a look at Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking and the possibility of Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea
No other option but to sack Villas-Boas
Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking at Chelsea will undoubtedly lead to the chorus of pundits claiming the club should have backed him, and that continuity is key to success.
Of course in principle it is difficult to disagree but the statistics don’t lie – he wasn’t up to the task.
Maybe it was a case of right man, wrong time – who knows? But he couldn’t do the job to the standard required – that is the only fact.
The club know change is needed and are trying to implement a three-year plan to overhaul the playing staff, but that only works if the manager is delivering the minimum and Villas-Boas wasn’t doing that.
He had lost the plot in terms of his own ideas, the players were no longer playing for him and he looked out of his depth in every game, whether it be West Bromich Albion or Napoli.
What Roberto Di Matteo – who has been appointed on an interim basis until the end of the season – can achieve is uncertain, but a change had to happen before it was too late.
The majority of Chelsea supporters wanted Villas-Boas to be a success but he missed his chance and the Blues now need to think long and hard about who they bring in to replace him.
Jose Mourinho’s recent trip to London has been touted as a sign he will return, but that prospect remains unlikely.
So who the club appoint is open to debate – no doubt when Napoli dump Chelsea out of the Champions League, the Blues will be linked with Walter Mazzarri, but then again what top manager is going to join a team in decline and no longer among Europe’s elite?
Forget Chelsea – Mourinho for England
If the England manager’s job isn’t going to be resolved until the end of the season then why isn’t more being said about the outstanding candidate – Mourinho?
Enough has been written about the fact that Mourinho might be on his way out at Real Madrid come the end of the season.
His love for England and London as a city is well documented, having been spotted searching for properties just last week.
That sent the rumour mill into overdrive about the Special One potentially returning to Chelsea but it’s difficult to see that happening.
Why go back to somewhere where the chairman remains as trigger-happy as ever, where he’s already won almost everything and somewhere that is definitely a step down from Real?
The England job is far from a step down, it would be a brand new challenge for the 49-year-old and his greatest achievement yet if he could turn England into the top side in the world.
Arguably, there isn’t a bigger job in world football and he should take it on and produce the goods for the country that created the game and loves it more than anyone else.