Given the way his team was performing and the way he had been carrying himself in the media, perhaps this was a long time coming.
And after Saturday’s loss to West Brom, perhaps this was merely a formality.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had signed Villas-Boas on as the man to spearhead Chelsea’s transition into the future, but his tenure at Stamford Bridge has lasted less than nine months.
So what does this say about Chelsea?
Let’s look at ten things Andre Villas-Boas’ dismissal means for Chelsea—and, as usual, feel free to have your say in the comments below.