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  • dsteer_lfc_68 dsteer_lfc_68 Jun 22, 2011 13:44 Flag

    Villas Boas @ Chelsea

    Seems to me Chelsea are taking a huge risk. Yes their new man has run hot in competition at a very tender age, but running away with the Portuguese league and cup with one of the most dominant clubs in the country, and winning the Europa League does not necessarily mean he can do it in the prem, and of course the CL which is what Roman really wants.

    Any club in the prem would be a step up, a top 4 club expected to challenge for honors even a higher step, and Chelsea of all clubs is walking into the fish bowl. I wish him the best (actually 2nd best), but do think its a huge risk.

    Actually I'd think of it this way, two of our major rivals are pinning their hopes on two key positions on young, and yet unproven on the larger stage names. United (of course not yet confirmed) with De Gea to take over from VDS, and Chelsea with Villas Boas as manager. My prediction (don't count on it I'm not good at predictions) is one will succeed while the other will stumble. Not sure which, but just seems likely the odds for both or either is only 50/50 imo.

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    • Yes, it's a risk. Sacking Ancelotti and appointing Mr A. Nother was a risk, just as sacking Mourinho was, way back in history. And yes, it's a bigger risk that he has had so little time in top club football. On the other hand, it's a smaller risk that he has already had three years at Chelsea and so presumably the club/Roman/VB based the decision on a significant amount of experience.

      Best case, in a year or two the decision looks like genius and Mourinho is yesterday's man. Worst case (for Chelsea), back where we started several of the last few seasons.

      Anyway, it's given us all something more interesting to talk about.


      Robert