Just the one win in Chelsea‘s last seven matches and only three from their last 12 in the league, billionaire owner Roman Abramovich acted the way he knows best in these situations: by giving yet another manager the chop. This time on the receiving end of it was André Villas-Boas. Saturday’s 1-0 league defeat to West Brom was the final straw for the powers that be at Stamford Bridge. What next for the Blues?
Well, Roberto Di Matteo will take charge for the mean time, but who will be the next permanent manager (if such a title is possible at Chelsea)? Already the bookies are looking to José Mourinho. And he was in London just a few days ago house-hunting. Was Abramovich already in touch with The Special One? Another contender would be Rafa Benitez. He wouldn’t be too popular after his time with Liverpool and he’s not exactly a very attacking coach – similar to Fabio Capello. Abramovich is keen to have Chelsea play exciting, attacking football. If I was a betting man, I’d bet on Mourinho getting that gig. I’m surprised Frank Rijkaard‘s name hasn’t been mentioned yet – the Blues have eyed up the former Barcelona boss in the past.
And as for AVB? Well, despite his claims, it was painfully clear that the players simply weren’t playing for him at Chelsea (his age may have been as issue here). But that doesn’t mean he could succeed in a league like back home in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, Italy’s Serie A or even Spain’s La Liga. And you never know – if I’m right, there may be a vacancy at Real Madrid soon enough. Get your CV at the ready, André.