Chelsea FC: Time for Roman Abramovich to Sack Andre Villas-Boas?
As a football fan, I've always been heavily critical of owners and presidents who fire the managers of their clubs at the earliest signs of struggle. Roman Abramovich has been one such owner, firing Jose Mourinho just because he had picked up a couple of negative results.
But now is the time for Roman Abramovich to show his usual cutthroat nature and cut his losses with Andre Villas-Boas.
The Chelsea job, especially this season, is no easy job for anyone. Carlo Ancelotti, after guiding his club to the domestic Double in 2009-10, could not figure out how to get Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres to mesh, and was sacked for it.
If Villas-Boas was fired, the next coach would face the same issue. He would need to figure out how to get Fernando Torres scoring again. It's become increasingly clear that, baring a mega-million signing up front from Chelsea, this is will make or break Chelsea's season.
But Villas-Boas has not addressed this issue sufficiently. Yes, he has been supportive of the Spanish striker in the media, but benching a striker and hoping for him to score off the bench is never going to help him reclaim his form.
What Villas-Boas could have done is change from his woefully inadequate 4-3-3, which was torn to shreds by a modest Aston Villa team today, to a two-striker system. Or one where Juan Mata could play behind Torres and feed him with scoring opportunities.
But this hasn't happened and I doubt it will as Villas-Boas looks determined to live and die by his trademark formation.
Should Andre Villas-Boas Be Fired?
Second, Andre Villas-Boas' current record ties him for the worst Premier League midway finish by a Chelsea manager in the last decade, stretching all the way back to the 2001-02 season.
That was during Claudio Ranieri's time as manager of Chelsea, when Chelsea were a growing but much weaker club than they are now. For it to happen now is inexcusable.
And for the record, the manager whose record Villas-Boas tied is Ancelotti's record last season. Unlike Villas-Boas, Ancelotti had the experience to admit it was time for a formation change.
When he did change things, results changed as well as Chelsea came close to winning the title despite their awful midseason record.
I'm almost 100 percent positive that the same will not happen with Villas-Boas, as he continues to find no fault in his tactics.
Finally, although I'm usually against firing a coach to bring in another coach, as PSG did earlier this week, it can be for the better sometimes.
Guus Hiddink was a huge hit with the players at Chelsea. Frank Lampard (here), Didier Drogba (here) John Terry (here) and others all had huge words of praise to shower on the manager when he coached Chelsea, and desperately hoped that he'd return to them this season.
It's not too late. Yes, firing Villas-Boas will not be cheap for Abramovich and Chelsea, especially after the buy-out fee paid to bring him from FC Porto. But it could very easily be worth it. It's hard to find too many players happy at Chelsea right now—Hiddink could change all that.
And unlike in the summer, when Hiddink did not want to abandon the Turkey national team before his job was complete, he seems more willing to take over this time around.
Chelsea would be better off to get Guus Hiddink in the managerial seat as soon as possible and give him January to revamp the squad to his liking.
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