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Before you crucify me in the comments, at least hear me out.
Liverpool have a ton of work to do, and that is clear to anyone. Andre Villas-Boas needs a project; he is not going to come in and win the Champions League or the EPL in a one-off, nor would anyone else for that matter that comes to Anfield.
AVB has talent and that is obvious, but his problem at Chelsea was man management. However, that is where having Louis Van Gaal behind him makes the difference, as a mentor and for guidance to the young manager.
If anything, AVB learned a lot of hard lessons at Chelsea, and he also worked for one of the most trigger-happy owners in the business, making him that much stronger for lasting as long as he did.
Looking at the lineups that Roberto Di Matteo used in the UCL, they were practically the same ones that AVB was running out and getting results with, and even Didier Drogba said he, "didnt believe AVB when he told them that they could win the Champions League," as quoted in an interview with The Sun.
It would also not be the first time Fenway Sports Group banked their future on youth. They signed Theo Epstein as the general manager of the Boston Red Sox at the age of 28 in 2002.
Only two years later, Epstein had put together the 2004 World Series team by the age of 30 and did it again in 2007 at the age of 33. Epstein had an older veteran manager in Terry Francona to lead the club, but if AVB had Van Gaal behind him, I cannot see why a gamble on a youth-plus-experience duo isn't worth a shot.
If there is a group of owners that know how to bring a franchise back from the depths of frustration, it is FSG—they just need some time to get the formula right. Andre Villas-Boas may seem like a shot in the dark, but he could be the X-factor in FSG's formula.