Thursday, 23 June 2011

Chelsea gamble on Villas-Boas

Chelsea have finally ended their search for a new manager by signing Andre Villas-Boas from Porto.

The suprising move shows a change of approach from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Many of the managers that Abramovich has recently employed have been proven managers with good experience in Europe has he attempted to increase Chelsea's chances of winning the Champions League. Sir Alex Ferguson described Chelsea's bid to end their Champions League wait as an 'obsession' last season so it is understandable why Abramovich has gone for Villas Boas who became the youngest manager to win a Eurpean title last season.

However, despite the impressve job he did at Porto, it is definitely a gamble. Chelsea had to pay over £13 million in compensation to Porto in order to complete the deal making him the most expensive manager ever. He is young, has very little experience and doesn't have the big reputations that the likes of Guus Hiddink or Carlo Ancelotti. Furthermore, he doesn't have any playing experience so it will be interesting to see how he manages some of the big egos in Chelsea's squad.

Getting the right manager in was particularly important for Chelsea this season with some big decisions to made regarding transfers in and out of the club. There could be some significant changes at Chelsea this summer as they look to overhaul an ageing squad and possibly bring in some younger players.

This is a risky but exciting appointment for Chelsea fans. He is clearly lacking in terms of experience but that didn't seem to hold him back at Porto where he was beginning to build an impressive reputation. If he is backed properly by Abramovich, is given the full control of transfers and given the time to build a new Chelsea side, he could prove to be a huge success.

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