Chelsea's Falling Axe: Villas-Boas and London's New Henry VIII

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Chelsea's Falling Axe: Villas-Boas and London's New Henry VIII
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Will Chelsea's manager be sacked in the morning?

Ever since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea nearly a decade ago, the club has experienced a renaissance. Chelsea FC has brought in world-class players and won a few trophies, bagging the English Premier League title three times.

But the renaissance has not been without its share of political strife. The Blues have had five managers since Abramovich's assumption of power if you don't count Ray Wilkins' stint and Guus Hiddink's short stewardship at the end of the 2009 season.

But reports of unease among the club's players amidst Chelsea sitting at an unfamiliar fifth place has some wondering if West London's own Henry VIII will strike up the guillotine again and axe Andre Villas-Boas for a new manager ahead of today's Champions League bout.

Only time and the next three matches will tell.

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