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AVB another victim of one mans obsession

Andre Villas-Boas has been a dead man walking for along time. Through his tired body language, his comments in the pre s and of course, his teams results, it was painfully obvious that Roman Abramovich was going to boot the beleaguered Julio Teheran Jersey Portuguese out the door he first entered just nine months ago.There are so manyquestions surrounding Villas-Boas, the players and the future of the team. Chelsea, at present, is a corrupt football club. The way the club is being run is completely wrong. Based on results, yes, AVB had to go and this is article is not about defending him, it is about looking into the circumstances surrounding Chelsea as a whole.But how much of the blame forChelseas plight really lies at his feet? What can he do if so called senior figures like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole refuse to accept him? Indeed, what can he doif he doesnt deliver straight from the outset?For so long, Abramovich has longed forthe Champions League trophy andstill it eludes him. Hiring and firing at will, trying anything to bring the biggest prize inclub football to StamfordBridge, ithas becomean obse sion for the Ru sian. With Chelsea on the brink ofEuropean eliminationagain Luis Valbuena Jersey ,this time at thehands of Napoli,Villas-Boas fate was effectively sealed in Italy two weeks ago. Ithas become abundantly clear that failure to win either the Premier League orthe Champions League, results inAbramovichbringing his axe down on whoevers head happens to beresting on the neck ofthe man in the Chelsea hotseat. During AVBsturbulent reign, there wasvery littlestability surrounding anyaspect of the club. Dre sing room division appeared faster thanyou can say Harry for England, with the Portuguese speaking contingent lead rather vocally by David Luizup against the stalwarts ofFrank Lampard, JohnTerry et al.Itwas frankly laughable to seeVillas-Boas callingLampard a legend mere days after the midfielder had admitted to having hadi sues with the bo s. With the dre sing room lost, the support of the fans swiftly wilted and the consequent flurry of bad resultsmade Abramovichs decision inevitable.Perhaps it is now time toexamineAbramovich a little more closely.Media appearances simply do not occur, insteadtheonly exposureof the Ru sian are mirky camera shots of him, usually expre sionle sly, overseeing the occasional game at the Bridge.His route to becominga billionaire is largely shrouded in mystery.The smuggling of contraband in and out of Moscow is whatlaid the foundations for future succe s. If you read up on Abramovich, wordssuch as bribe, fraud and theftwill frequently appear before your eyes. It is clear then, that in busine s, this man will do almost anything to get what he wants and to be fair, his $13.4bn worth suggests things have worked for him. However, this strategy cannot be applied in the hope of Kole Calhoun Jersey achieving prolonged succe s in football. Continuity, as Chelseas biggest domestic rivals Manchester United and Arsenal have demonstrated, is the key.Jose Mourinho, the Special One,left the clubshortly after the beginning of the 07/08 season. Avram Grant was never going to last, even if John Terrys agonising Champions League penalty mi s in that seasons final had gone in. Luiz Felipe Scolari bit the dust le s than a year later, temporarily replaced by Guus Hiddink, who so nearly led Chelsea to a second succe sivefinal meeting with Manchester United, only to be Blake Parker Jersey denied by Andres Iniestas last gaspstrike in the semis. Carlo Ancelotti took over and won the title in 09/10, but ultimately his failure to deliver the Champions League, like his predece sors, was also his undoing. AVB completes the list.We are talking here, for the most part, about managers of the highest pedigree, all victims of one mans obse sion. It begs the question, is Abramovich really in control of his actions?Then there is the Fernando Torres problem. A solar system away from the form he showed at Liverpool, Chelseas 50m flop arrived on the back of Abramovichs orders, not Ancelottis. He was meant to spearhead Chelsea to Champions League glory, to finally deliver Abramovich the silverware he so craves. You dont need me to tell you that things havent quite gone to plan. So much so that it is beginning to look as if the once mesmeric Spaniard has plummeted into irreversible decline. This is a prime example of Abramovichs reckle sne s coming back to bite him.Where Chelsea go from here, it is impo sible to determine. Roberto Di Matteo has been left to steer the punctured ve sel for the rest of the season. Realistically, 4th place is also Chelsea fans can hope for, and that is far from guaranteed. It seems with each dismi Justin Upton Jersey sal, the Champions League is slipping ever further from Abramovichs grasp.Supporters canexpect a summeroverhaulof drastic proportions, that is for sure.They may clamour for the return of Mourinho, supposedly house hunting in London, and who knows what might happen? That story could run and run. Rafa Benitez? Thatwould be very interesting. Pep Guardiola cannot be ruled out either. But whoever takes up the reinswill be well aware that they are stepping into a job where nothing but instant succe s is acceptable. And who would bewilling to a sume such a poisoned chalice?

John Short, Jr
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