Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chelsea Get Their Man

Chelsea have today confirmed the hiring of former Porto manager Andre Villas Boas. This news comes after much speculation regarding the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge. Villas Boas, although known by most, is a relatively surprising choice purely because of his lack of experience. After guiding Porto to the Europa League title which culminated in a very dull affair in the final, much has been made of the Portuguese man.

Many thought that Guus Hiddink would be the man to replace Carlo Ancelotti as Chelsea boss but after paying Porto £13.2 million in compensation they were allowed to hijack their man from the Portuguese champions. Many reports suggest that Villas Boas will be taking some of Porto's top players with him to London.

Villas Boas has a history at Stamford Bridge as he worked under Jose Mourinho during the "Special One's" rein at Chelsea. He is now the youngest manager working in the Premiership at this present time and has a lot to prove in the coming season. Talk of Champions League glory has already been mentioned by many.

With the disappointment of last season, many Chelsea fans are expecting big things next year and with such a big risk being taken with the hiring of Villas Boas, it will either go incredibly well or backfire dismally. Villas Boas, only 33, has been credited with having an attacking approach to the way he puts out his team. I'm sure this will please many especially the likes of Torres and Drogba who both struggled to get on target as we were nearing the end of the season.

I feel that everyone close to Chelsea should be reasonably happy with the appointment of Villas Boas. Although the inexperience is somewhat of a concern, there is no underestimating his knowledge and passion for the game. He has proven he can win trophies and that is exactly what Chelsea fans, but more importantly, the Chelsea Board want.

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