March 5th, 2012

Andre Villas-Boas: Over & Out

Oh, for goodness sake, really? He was just starting to show a little promise.

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75 Responses to “Andre Villas-Boas: Over & Out”

  1. theomusicologist says:

    Oh my days! Never did I ever think I'd find a blog like this! Well, some of us guys know that there are some genuinely footy-knowledgeable ladies out there, but so rarely does anyone I know get to meet one! Well, we can hardly blame you for loving the fellas as male specimens as much as the game given how so many of us blokes constantly objectify women…

    But there are some serious points made above and even some of the ones I don't personally agree with suggest that they have at least been thought about a bit. This cannot be said for way too many comments on guys football threads, which at times just leave me baffled that grown men can act that way…

    Well, I'm going to go now before I get bounced out of here as I clearly don't meet the criteria to be here but I enjoyed my little tour of this site and wish you all well! :-)

  2. April says:

    I didn't until the night before. It was weird. Call it women's intuition ;)

    But seriously, I thought he would get until the end of the season- I really thought RA was out to prove he wouldn't just call it quits, especially with AVB being his own choice, supposedly. It wasn't until about midnight that I remembered the silly website to check if he had been sacked yet, and I wondered if I should keep an eye on it the next morning. Sure enough. I guess even then I wasn't positive… just had a sinking feeling after reading his comments from the press conference. Totally ruined my last couple of days. Silly, I know.

  3. Carolina says:

    Rafa Benitez wants the job? Dios mio!!

  4. ingrid says:

    he should just leave this thing called football and start a modeling career, just saying :) he's just too handsome

    • Mirella says:

      That's what I always think about Fernando Torres!

      • April says:

        :( But I know what you mean. Well.. one day when he does decide it is time, I hope he is so kind to grace us with pictures of his bootay on a regular basis. My coworker says his butt will come to sag in time, but I believe it is so good it will stand on its own for years to come. Like until Torres is 70, at least. If I can provide evidence for my argument, even better.

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  6. Carolina says:

    AVB to Roma?

  7. Carolina says:

    OMG rumor is Abramovich wants Pep Guardiola! DON'T DO IT PEP!!

  8. IrishBlue says:

    It's embarrassing. With Roman clearly knowing sweet flip all about football to the egos in the dressing room publicly showing their disapprovement, it was always gonna end badly.

    Andre will bounce back, no doubt.

  9. IrishBlue says:

    Well……we all knew that was coming.

  10. littlegreenpea says:

    He's too young and inexperienced to handle a club like chelsea… Of course, we kickettes would gladly take him in. You know how we feel about age around here… ;)

  11. jean says:

    Both parties where to blame, AVB for his naive and incredibly confusing tactics and subs and for his extremely poor man management, and the senior players for basically proving once again that what they want, they get. It's tragic that they seem to care more about their status as legends or about their wages than about the well being of their club. Bunch of prima donnas, it's sickening.

    Though AVB did dig his own grave a bit with some of his recent comments ("I'm not married to Lampard"? "Torres is lost and unmotivated, and is a lot like Sheva"?????? "I don't need the support of my players/the fans/the manager"?????), but I think I understand, it was obvious he was a scared man under a lot of pressure. I wish him nothing but the best, I'm sure he'll find success elsewhere.

  12. Kat22 says:

    I guess we all knew it was coming, but I didn't expect it to be quite so soon – I thought Abramovich would give AVB at least until the end of the season.

    This constant sacking of managers is getting ridiculous. It took Alex Ferguson years to win trophies at United. Success doesn't happen overnight and they never gave AVB a chance.

    I feel sorry for him, because it seems he was bullied out of his job by certain players. I hope he moves on to bigger and better things.

  13. Kat22 says:

    Kickette, why isn't my comment showing? I must have posted it about five times now.

    • April says:

      Same here. I've tried two different times. Seems only my replies work.

      • Kat22 says:

        It's weird – I posted the first one this afternoon, like six hours ago. When it didn't appear, I tried again and again. Also posted a reply to someone else's post, which took five hours to appear. :-/

        Finally it posted my original comment, but then I posted another reply and it still isn't showing, lol.

        Site seems to be a bit temperamental. I wonder if it's to do with the changes (because they added the thumbs-down button again)?

        • KicketteMods says:


          the comments went into spam instead of comment pending. They have been approved. Obvs glitches are due to technical maintenance going on at the mo.

          Thank you for your patience.

      • IrishBlue says:

        Same! How annoying.

  14. Kat22 says:

    How come this comment is showing, but my other ones aren't??

  15. DebS says:

    JT & FL, be care what you wish for….

  16. xbabyshakesx says:

    There is waaay too much glory that this club needs and AVB just didn't deliver the way the club wanted – I feel bad for him but then again some of his decisions were kinda bleh (Torres over Sturridge and Kalou and letting Anelka go) but hopefully he'll find another club!

    • Jean says:

      lol what? he never chose Torres over Sturridge, it was the complete other way around. Even when it became clear they couldn't work together well, he stucked with Sturridge, no matter how bad he was doing.

      But I agree, some of his desicions were really cuestionable and he's not free of all blame. But what the senior players did to him is just despicable imo.

    • April says:

      Psst- Anelka requested the transfer because he was no longer going to be guaranteed a starting spot, and he could go elsewhere to get that and make a ton more money to do so ;) Nothing AVB or any manager could really do to stop that… it would have been stupid for Chelsea to offer him the kind of money his new club is paying him.

      I think it is exactly the glory that the club demands year in and year out that will see them crash and fall at this rate. They keep having to buy it every year. They shouldn't even bother offering managers contracts for more than a year… would save them money when they keep sacking them.

      • xbabyshakesx says:

        That's what I mean, no playing time for a good player means he wants to leave =\ but i hope Anelka is happy with his new club.

        LMAO! About not offering more than one year contracts! ahahha are you a blues btw???

        • April says:

          I am a new Blues fan. Part of what sealed the deal was AVB :( Naive, I know, but I was really hopeful that Chelsea would finally update their playing style and finally stand behind a manager to do it. Guess they showed me! Probably also makes me a lot less endeared to/stuck on the players of yore.

          Regarding Anelka, I liked him, but he was on the decline in some ways. He could have been a help and proved his worth to get a better contract and more time on the field, but that's never really been his style. I do wish he hadn't submitted a transfer request so early- I think that probably stung Chelsea and AVB.

  17. Anju says:

    This team manager post is really jinxed! I bet even Roman's millions is going to have a tough time pulling someone in! But then again who knows?

  18. April says:

    Hmm… it would seem that whatever fixed some of the comments section has resulted in my comment from earlier getting deleted. Bummer. Here's part of it:

    "My being upset over this decision is probably overboard, but I've been really angry with it. I had bad dreams involving it. It seems a combination of things, but I really feel like the players did a disservice to what he was trying to accomplish with Chelsea. Some of those players being the very ones that claim they want the best for the club… then they go out versus WBA and basically contribute nothing."

    The other part probably wished him luck and getting to go to a club and perform well in the CL, and how it would be funny if Chelsea didn't. You never know, these days.

  19. laura says:

    I don't feel sorry for him. He was been paid really good money to do his job. He has made bad decisions and obviously has brought the morale of his team down. He has also set them against each other, having his favourites. A good manager would build team morale. None of the team look happy and seemed to lack respect for him. I think he was too young

    • April says:

      The players get paid really good money to do their jobs. You don't seem to call them out for their failure to even offer a mediocre performance in some matches? Once they are on that field, there is little a manager can do to change things- it is up to them.

      Some of the team members with the best morale for the rest of the team were those that supported AVB and entered the club through him. That ought to say something, as well.

    • DebS says:

      Laura, I believe it was the players themselves that had the problem with one another. For God's sake their supposed to be professionals not spoiled little brats who have a fit when they sit the bench. Tevez anyone? Once they take the field, it should be all about their team, not who on the team they like or dislike. Unfortunately, several of the players didn't get that memo, including the "captains".

      • Kat22 says:

        Couldn't agree more – spoilt little brats fits well.

        I read some comment earlier on today that said something like 'It must have been really difficult for AVB to walk around the dressing room with all those spat out dummies and toys that have been thrown out of prams on the floor'.

        If Chelsea play a blinder against Birmingham tomorrow we'll know.

  20. IrishBlue says:

    why won't my comments post?

  21. IrishBlue says:

    well we all knew that was coming

  22. IrishBlue says:


  23. Kristina says:

    Good luck, Roman, of finding someone for the job now… Too bad for the Chelsea fans and for AVB. I never really got a hang of him but, yeah, he never really got a chance did he?

  24. Kat22 says:

    Wow. I guess we all knew it was coming, but so soon?? I thought they might at least give AVB until the end of the season.

    I feel sorry for him – he's been looking like a nervous wreck for a while now and according to some reports in the media he even slept at the training ground. o_O

    Can't help feeling like he's been bullied out and I second what other people have said – who on earth is going to want the job now??

  25. Thea says:

    It's Player Power gone mad! Don't even think MOUR would want that job now……..seems like a poison challis!

    • Carolina says:

      Or the Defense Against the Dark Arts post at Hogwartz. Cursed!

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      I wonder how players who he signed such as mata feel after him leaving, will the old gang eat them alive? I don't think Jose would go a club which actually kicked him out, it is not even about players, Chelsea management didn't change really!
      I feel bad for Porto as well, maybe AVB should have stayed with them tried his luck in ucl?…anyway Buena suerte AVB!!!!

      • DebS says:

        Sarah, I think that was already happening to Mata. So many times the kid's WIDE OPEN and yet they don't pass him the ball. Usually that happens when Frank is on the pitch but it still happened in other games too. Although, it does seem that there are many players on Chelsea's team that don't read the game well so perhaps that's part of it. I noticed that last spring too.

      • Thea says:

        Hate to agree with a Madridista but I guess this is one thing we can agree on – think it will be out of work Bennitiez!

        • April says:

          I'd be shocked if it were Benitez. He is the opposite of the playing style that Abromovich supposedly wants. I could only see him being brought in for Torres, and that is no way to pick a manager. Not to mention that the majority of Chelsea fans detest him. I'm not in that camp myself, but I'd find him to be a super strange choice for Chelsea. He also wants to return to Liverpool- a post at Chelsea would make that hard. I was assuming he'd get Spurs if Harry took England. Much better fit for his preferred tactics than Chelsea

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          Madridista and a cule can agree jeje, who said we can't agree on stuff :p

      • Gladys says:

        From Juan Mata's fb/twitter yesterday: "It hasn't been an easy day for those who, like me, are part of Chelsea. I would like to thank the manager and wish him luck. We have to keep working hard and better days will come. Thanks for your support!" Now that's the dignified, mature way to respond, isn't it.

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          I read that yes, I read some interesting sad rumors as well that Chelesa players didn't even say their goodbyes to Villas before leaving, that's just sad and rude if true!!….

          • April says:

            That would upset me to high heaven. Although, I suppose it could be awkward if you were one of the troublemakers or whatever. But really- if they can't be grownups on the pitch, I was hoping they could be off the field.

  26. Miss Lampard says:

    I was angry with André, really, but I know that wasn't all his fault, he should have deserved more time, but it's really difficult be in a huge club like Chelsea, with the dressing room against you, and no experience on your shoulders. I'm still angry with Rom because he shouldn't have sacked Carlo Ancelotti, because he saved a season with a second place, behind Man U (which was fantastic). We know very well what's Carlo value, manager who has won in his career two CL as player, and two CL as manager, I know that with him Chelsea would have improved his results, but Abramovich is impatient and unpredictable, and above all he doesn't understand football. It's sad because I don't think that Chelsea will improve its results changing the manager.
    I will miss André because even if he lost some matches I was able to forget everything, because he was a such gorgeous man, he is still an HOT portuguese. Good luck for your future!

  27. Anya says:

    THE BAD NEWS IS: the team now is a complete mess, an embarrassment and we got rid of the hottest gaffer we've ever had. This season is over, I don't see Roberto doing better job than AVB – if we end up fourth in EPL, that we'll be a success. Can you imagine playing in Europa League? Watching Chelsea on Channel 5…kill me!

    THE GOOD NEWS: I won't behave like a 12-year old girl, every time I'm on Stamford Bridge. People became very concerned with my constant "Oh Andre, look at Andre…carefree…ANDRE!"

  28. chay says:

    I think this is totally scandalous. He was given eight months–just eight months? At ANY other job, he would be given more than just eight months. Chelsea mgmt is pathetic. I just hope that AVB doesn't take this personally, although I'm sure he is. This is so not a reflection of who he is and what he can do as a trainer. My heart goes out to him.

  29. Gina says:

    Its sad to say but everyone knew he did not have a chance with stupid egos like Frank LAmpard + co trying to run the club, the sooner these players realise they are just footballers who should take orders from their coach no matter his age then then club can move forward. Love you Andre Villas-Boas, he will get a better reception at a club who deserve him. I should add how fit he actually is…so fit!!

  30. RedDevil says:

    Extremely tragic, hope he gets a job elsewhere! (And hopefully succeeds there as well.)

  31. elsebethynwa says:

    I feel sorry for AVB, but I feel even more sorry for him for having to spend months in the same room as the vile creature JT. He is much better off

  32. April says:

    My being upset over this decision is probably overboard, but I've been really angry with it. I had bad dreams involving it. It seems a combination of things, but I really feel like the players did a disservice to what he was trying to accomplish with Chelsea. Some of those players being the very ones that claim they want the best for the club… then they go out versus WBA and basically contribute nothing.

    Seems the merry-go-round will never end, but I hope that he finds success elsewhere. It would be quite the vindication if he manages to go to a club that competes in the CL and maybe even does well in it, and Chelsea somehow ends up in the Europa league. In the meantime, I don't think I'd wish the Chelsea manager job on anyone. Even when you're told you are backed, you're not… the overpaid players are.

  33. Carolina says:

    And WHO will actually want the post now?????

  34. gigi says:

    I thought they'd at least keep him on until the end of the season, especially since they don't have a suitable replacement for him just yet. But that's Abramovich, fickle and hasty.

    I'm sure AVB will be more careful now with this job offers. If he'd coached any of the Prem teams outside of the big 5 (6 now?) that rely more on younger, more pliable players, he'd probably have had more success. Very interested to see where he lands next. I'm thinking Italy or France? But hey, Wolves need a new manager.

  35. Carolina says:

    I wonder where he will go next.

  36. Carolina says:

    Hugs out to AVB. Poor thing.

  37. DrStrangelove says:

    Losing to West Brom results in the Chelsea manager being sacked and replaced for the rest of the season by, uh, a failed former West Brom manager.

    Chelsea F.C: the comedy goldmine that just keeps on giving.

    • Jayy says:

      Hear Hear!

    • Caitlin says:

      Totally agree. What a joke of a club!

      How many seasons did it take Alex Ferguson to build a successful team and start winning things? Continuity and stability is what's needed. And the next manager should have the complete backing of the owner, but of course that'll never happen.

      Any managers worth their salt aren't going to touch Chelsea with a bargepole.

      Good luck to AVB. Hopefully leaving this joke of a club will turn out to be a blessing in disguise. He's looked like a rabbit in headlights for the past couple of months, maybe now he can breathe a bit again.

  38. mata says:

    There's a lesson in this for all of us, namely don't accept employment from spoiled multi-billionaire Russians with the attention span/patience of a gnat. Feel so sorry for him, he seems like a talented manager and a nice man.

    • Gladys says:

      You pretty much summed it up brilliantly! Who the heck would want this job now? Semester abroad, anyone? Cause that's about how long it'll last.

      • AC_USA says:

        I feel really bad for AVB :( I felt worse though when they fired Ancelotti for no legit reason!! Abramovich really needs to figure out eho he wants as a coach and stick with it for more then 1/2 a season!!! :)

    • Slav4mou says:

      I'm not working for Putin either.

    • AVB made a bad choice going to Chelsea. There is no point in having a three year plan at a club that demands instant success. But he is young enough to dust himself down and move on. Even the best managers get the sack when things don't work out. How long did Brian Clough last at Leeds?


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  39. Jayy says:

    Poor baby :( we need to send him a care package Kickette.
    There's no doubt I will miss his fiery mane of hair and that sexy secretive look on MOTD :(

  40. Jayy says:

    Poor 'ginger stallion' :( I'm gonna miss his handsome face and dashing suits on MOTD :(

  41. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Animo Chelesa fans and AVB, he was never given chance really!! The moment he said he didn't care for his players support I assumed he will be out…

    From a fellow madridistas, changing coaches every month and so Abra won't get you anywhere just saying!!

  42. mimi says:

    I feel so sorry for him. He´s a great coach, but he actually couldn´t manage the big egos at Chelsea.

    Wish him the best of luck for the future.

    • IrishBlue says:

      It's embarrassing really, the situation the club has found itself in. My dad lived in London in the 1970's and was a massive Chelsea fan. I loved hearing his stories about the games he watched in the Shed End of Stamford Bridge, cheering on the team. It wasn't about money or egos, just pure football love. I was brought up loving the team, wearing my little Chelsea jersey when everyone else supported Man United, Liverpool or Celtic (very few people where I live in Ireland were/are CFC fans).

      It's sad that it's come to this. A Russian with way too much money taking control of something he knows sweet flip all about. Who in their right mind will want the manager's job now? Yes, AVB didn't have enough time to build the team but when the egos in the dressing room start to publicly show their disapprovement of the setup, it was never going to end any other way.

      Good luck to Andre, I'm sure he will make a success of another team. No doubt.

  43. smellslikeateamspirit says:

    i will miss his face. :(