3. Andre Villas Boas (July 2011- February 2012)
Villas Boas came to Chelsea, in his own words- as a part of a “long term project”. Having just won the Europa League, Portuguese League and Cup treble with FC Porto, he was the new Mourinho, the guiding light required to deliver Chelsea to the Premier League title. He boasted of the owner’s backing, and Roman Abramovich did show remarkable patience despite erratic results. Perhaps Abramovich felt guilty after firing so many managers, perhaps Villas Boas was young blood, and he saw potential.
The players failed to perform – Fernando Torres continued to misfire and the rest of the squad played poorly as well. Only new signing Juan Mata clicked, and it seemed as though he was carrying the entire team on his shoulders. Chelsea’s position in the table kept falling as surprise defeat after defeat followed. AVB’s response was to drop Frank Lampard, and a falling out with the rest of the senior players followed. The inevitable, seemingly halted by Abramovich’s new found patience, followed- Villas Boas was sacked after a shock loss to West Brom that proved to be the final straw.