Whether or not the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas was a good idea, there aren't many people who were too surprised.
Roman Abramovich is certainly not known for his patience, and managers who have had more success than the young Portuguese coach, have felt Abramovich's axe prematurely.
Villas-Boas talked of a three-year plan he had for the Blues, and Chelsea may have missed out on one of the most illustrious eras of their history. But for the short time he was in charge at Stamford Bridge, he didn't fill any of the fans, players and most importantly the owner with any confidence.
Andre Villas-Boas is a talented manager, and I'm sure he has a bright career ahead of him, but maybe the Chelsea job was a leap too soon.
This list shows five ways in which his reign damaged Chelsea and took them a step in the wrong direction.