Villas Boas the right man to spark Chelsea to life

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Monday, June 20th, 2011

On face value, it seems like a match made in heaven. The young, dashing Porto manager that looks set to be given a chance to harness Chelsea’s millionaire’s into a trophy-winning unit – it all seems very familiar doesn’t it? The Guardian even report that he will earn the exact same salary as Jose Mourinho did during his time in London.

André Villas Boas is the free bet favourite to be the next Chelsea boss, with the 33-year-old bursting to the top of the latest odds to take over at Stamford Bridge, usurping former interim boss Guus Hiddink.

And Chelsea must be applauded for their ambition. After a spectacular season with Porto in which they secured the treble – including a win over league rivals Braga in the final of the Europa League – Villas Boas was always likely to leave Porto for bigger and better things

And Roman Abramovich has been rather shrewd. Having garnered a reputation as a man who would not stand for anything less than Champions League success, the Russian had somewhat backed himself into a corner by setting a precedent with the sacking of Ancelotti and to a lesser extent Mourinho, both of whom were sacked

Hiddink is well liked both by the board and Chelsea and by the fans after guiding the side to victory in the FA Cup during his time with the club – but would he be treated any differently to Carlo Ancelotti if he were unable to deliver the instant success Abramovich seemingly craves? Most likely not, and he would have risked the wrath of the Chelsea faithful were he to give another well-liked boss his marching orders.

As yet any dissenting voices against Abramovich have been in the minority as his money continues to talk – but that would have likely changed if Hiddink had come and gone in the same manner as Ancelotti.

With Villas-Boas at the helm, the pressure to deliver instantly is off . The young boss will be part of a long-term plan for success at Stamford Bridge, with no calls for his head should Chelsea not end the 2011/12 season a some silverware in the trophy cabinet.

The move also looks to work for both parties as Villas Boas brings a breath of fresh air to a club that has seemed somewhat stifled for some time. The exuberance of the young manager on the touchline should spark some life into a squad that is need of some revitalising.

There are obviously dangers that the relatively inexperienced manager would have trouble commanding respect with a squad that has a lot of members older than him.

But the old saying with players goes: “if he is good enough, he is old enough”, and there is little reason why the same shouldn’t apply for managers.

The comparisons to Mourinho are unavoidable of course and will follow him throughout his time with Chelsea should the free bets backing him be vindicated and he signs on the dotted line.

This could come back to haunt him and makes what is becoming the most difficult job in English club footballer even tougher – coping with living in the shadow of a manager like Mourinho will be the acid test for Villas Boas until he has achieved enough at the club to move out into the light.

He will have some knowledge of the club after his time with the Blues as a scout, and as a fluent English speaker should have no trouble integrating himself into the club; the reasons for his appointment continue to stack up.

But most importantly, the Chelsea faithful will take him instantly to their hearts, and the club can wipe the slate clean almost. After a couple months of being battered from pillar to post, being a Chelsea fan must have just got a whole lot more exciting.

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  • darren

    the guy has had one season, it’s way to early to say he’s world class. From a Gooner’s perspective I hope it is to early!

    Gotta give to Abramavich, he doesnt muck about!!

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