Chelsea: Why Roman Abramovich Would Be Crazy to Sack Andre Villas-Boas

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIDecember 1, 2011

As Chelsea were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Liverpool, the pressure on their young Portuguese manager mounted a little more.

He has only been at Chelsea since the beginning of the season, and to give him the boot now would be a ridiculous move by owner Roman Abramovich.

Villas-Boas arrived at Stamford Bridge with a reputation as one of the brightest young minds in World Football.

Seven months later and there are mutterings that he is not up to the task.

That assumption though, is wrong.

Villas-Boas is very much up to the task. He is somewhat of a prodigy within football management after only being an actual manager for 21 months before being given the reigns at Chelsea.

At Academica he steered a failing club from bottom of the league without a win, to a mid-table finish and the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup.

Not only that but he changed the football the side played, bringing an attacking flair to his charges.

A move to one of the big boys within Portugal was on the cards and he returned to Porto were he had served his apprenticeship under Bobby Robson and later as an assistant to the great Jose Mourinho.

Another year passed and another four trophies were amassed, including the Europa League.

Fast forward the seven months and here we are.

So, people who say that the man isn’t good enough for the job are wrong.

He has two barriers he has to overcome to get Chelsea back to where they were under the likes of his teacher Mourinho.

The first barrier is the aging squad.

The likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry are not the players they once were, neither are Didier Drogba and Nicholas Anelka.

These are players who were world class in their prime, but cannot continuously carry the side like they once good.

Fernando Torres is another major issue that Villa-Boas has to address.

The strikers form since his arrival from Liverpool last January has been nowhere near the standard we are used to from European Championship and World Cup winner.

They do have the likes of Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge trying to rejuvenate the side.

A couple more additions in January and the mood in the squad may change.

The second and biggest barrier Villa-Boas needs to overcome is the owner.

Roman Abramovich hasn’t been fully satisfied with any appointment since the days of Mourinho.

Many managers have come and gone, managers with world-class pedigree, who have won World Cups and Champions Leagues, but they haven’t been the oligarch’s cup of tea.

Villa-Boas is as close to Jose Mourinho as you are ever going to get without re-hiring Mourinho himself.

If Abramovich can realise that he could replicate the success of his fellow countryman, then he Chelsea could be on the way up once again.

Chelsea need the stability of a manager for a sustained period of time, not changing every couple of seasons.

Once they achieve this they will be back challenging for major honours.


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