History repeated itself again on Sunday, and this time, it was not very comfortable to accept it.
Chelsea on Sunday sacked their worst performing manager in a decade, Andre Villas-Boas, their seventh manager during Abramovich's nine-year reign at Chelsea. The 34-year-old manager, selected personally by the owner, was brought in from Porto in a record-breaking transfer fee during last summer. Villas-Boas was expected to oversee the gradual transformation of the aging squad into a younger one.
The manager not only failed to perform that task, but also led to discontent within the squad with his brash and cold behaviour. Villas-Boas' tactics and lack of adaptability led Chelsea to their worst season in nearly a decade. The sacking was in the horizon after the Blues' latest string of poor results. The final nail in the coffin was Saturday's 1-0 loss to West Brom, which cast Chelsea further away from Champions League football next season.
The sacking of Villas-Boas shall not only deal the Blues a huge financial jolt in the age of financial fair play, but also throw their plans of achieving self-sufficiency further away. The sacking also meant Chelsea's owner, Roman Abramovich, faces a huge embarrassment. He had personally chosen the new manager to land him the elusive European glory, but firing Villas-Boas within nine months of hiring meant his acceptance of making another mistake.
It is not the first time that the Russian oligarch has made a mistake. His decision to sack Chelsea's most successful manager, Jose Mourinho, had cost him dearly, spending 50 million on Fernando Torres too proved a waste. Though the Chelsea faithful never doubt his intentions regarding Chelsea, with the latest sacking, some discontent might be expressed.
While Abramovich and his group of advisors chalk out whom to select as the next Chelsea manager, let us quick look into the Russian owner's seven biggest decisions at Chelsea since his takeover in 2003.