Andre Villas-Boas had a short, but memorable spell with Chelsea, last less than a season after being brought in from Porto to replace Carlo Ancelotti. The current Zenit St. Petersburg manager had some comments about his time at Chelsea recently, and his surprise at his eventual sacking after a string of poor performances:
"Of course then you never know what will happen, what I found at Chelsea was not what I wanted. I got a complicated time with the private life of the president, who rarely attended."
"This clearly affected things. Later, I was surprised and am still because the president's intentions have changed. When I went there, the idea was to reshape the team."
I think we all expected that there would be some bumps in the road as Villas-Boas attempted to change the approach, but I don't think too many expected the results on the pitch to be as poor as they were for the bulk of his time in charge. A little more gradual change of style probably would have led to a longer stay at Chelsea, but I think most of us were fine with the way things turned out after his replacement went on and won the Champions League and FA Cup.
AVB didn't just criticize Chelsea with his recent comments though, he went after his next club, Tottenham, as well:
"The chairman proposed a challenge to increase Tottenham’s competitive level, but immediately Modric left and we didn’t get any of the targets I had identified, such as João Moutinho, Willian, Óscar or Leandro Damião,"
Maybe I'm just a jerk, but the fact that we snatched two of AVB's top transfer targets away at the last second makes me smile more than it should, especially with his continued babbling about not deserving the sack at Chelsea. Have fun in Russia, Andre, and maybe we'll see you in the Champions League next season.