• Everyone suspected it may happen but the news that AVB’s managerial reign at Chelsea was brought to an end by Roman Abramovich still has an air of “ not another one “…Here was a young manager who, last season, produced a Porto side that played fast flowing attacking football that swept its way to the Portuguese title and the Europa League Trophy , his star was high and Abramovich came calling…Some seasoned commentators suggested that he should stay with Porto and mount a challenge to try and win the Champions League in the coming season but Chelsea paid the compensation ( over 13 million ) and AVB arrived in a blaze of glory.


    Over the last eight months AVB has become embroiled in a player power struggle, an irate owner looking over his shoulder and a set of fans who expected him to be a Mourinho clone, all of which meant his team failed to register a serious challenge in the premier league and, more importantly for Abromovich, a faltering Champions League challenge. Whatever has gone before the Chelsea players have to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they have conducted themselves in the right manor? Did they undermine their boss and go behind his back?


    AVB will have to look back and think did I try to change things to quickly? Did I embrace the senior players and use them to get my ideas across to the rest of the squad? All these questions will be asked and dissected over the coming days but I am sure AVB will go away and come back a better manager for this experience, he should remember the hugely successful Porto side he produced and use his eight month Chelsea nightmare as a future blue print to handling senior players and strong characters.


    Chelsea has now gone through six mangers in eight years and the cost of hiring and firing those mangers must be close to 100 million pounds!! Will the next incumbent be a hero’s return for Jose Mourinho and if so at what cost??