Chelsea have struggled badly in the EPL this season.
The team's core players of years past have almost all entered into the final years of their career, and are at least a couple years removed from their prime.
The transition from old guard to new guard has not been smooth at all, and many players are reportedly unhappy with their roles at Chelsea this season.
However, this season, all of this has been overshadowed by Andre Villas-Boas, Jose Mourinho's one-time apprentice.
Chelsea were bound to have tough season this year. Even with an on-form Fernando Torres, there's little chance that this Chelsea squad would be able to contend with the Manchesters for the EPL title, or with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League.
But despite this, Villas-Boas has managed to make his job much harder than necessary from the very start.
He's tried in vain all season long to impose a 4-3-3 system that Chelsea simply don't have the personnel for. He's alienated his most senior players, and stupidly proclaimed that he only needs the owner to "back [his] project," and not the players.
There are many more flaws to be pointed out regarding Villas-Boas' tenure, such as his high defensive line, which has made Chelsea's normally formidable defense look like one of the least secure in the EPL.
I have no intention of joining the chorus of voicing calling for the sacking of Villas-Boas—as a non-Chelsea fan, I think I'll just sit back and watch the fireworks.
However, what I do know is that Villas-Boas' situation and constant speculation over his future has overshadowed Chelsea as a club this season, and have prevented the team's problems from being sufficiently addressed.