Is Villas-Boas the right man for the Chelsea job?

The new man on the Bridge

Several weeks after the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea FC as promised have announced a new manager, Andre Villas-Boas, the 33 year old, as the man to take the reigns for the 2011/12 season.

It’s not a total surprise for me as he was one of my short-listed candidate in an earlier post “Who is the next man on the bridge” for the vacant position.

Eyebrows were raised when he turned in his resignation a few days ago but his former employer (Jorge Pinto da Costa) saw the handwriting on the wall a month earlier when Andre spent a weekend in London. With his compensation paid, FC Porto have moved on by appointing Vitor Pereira as their new coach.

Now that Chelsea have poached a second coach from Porto, a lot of questions come to the mind. Will he succeed in the EPL? Will he get Roman the Champions League trophy he’s so obsessed with? Does he have the tactical depth? Has he learn enough man management skills from Mourinho? What will be his media approach to the once tainted Chelsea reputation? How witty would his transfers be? How will he deal with players that are his age-mates, if not older? And a whole lot of unanswered questions

For anyone who followed Mr Villas-Boas’ team last season, you can be sure he has the element in him to succeed. He took charge of virtually the same Porto side that struggled in Jesualdo Ferreira’s final season which saw their hated rival Benfica to win the Liga title. He restored confidence and pride back almost immediately by defeating them in the Portuguese Super Cup.
His team played an offensive 4-3-3 formation with one holding midfielder which enable them score over 140 goals in 58 games but with a relatively poor clean sheet record (defensive frails?).His man-management skills is about first class considering all news that emanate from the Porto training ground and locker room. His team’s ability to turn the game on the head after re-emerging from the interval shows a good game reader and his calm approach on the sidelines when his team is under pressure says a lot about the man who knows his job. He definitely will need a lot of all his best attributes to succeed at Stamford Bridge where there is player power with several big players and their egos.

Can his success make Mourinho's success fade out of Chelsea's faithful's memory?

Boas will not be stepping into the shoes of Ancelotti, but into that of Jose Mourinho, The self acclaimed Special One. Arguably one of the most controversial figure in the modern day game, Jose brought some negative attention to the west London club. Carlo Ancelotti during his tenure brought something different. A calm approach with a friendly and courteous demeanor to the media and his colleagues.
Villas-Boas has shown a little bit of Jose in him last season when he was sent to the stands in a game against Vitoria Guimaraes  when he had altercation with the referee. He was dress downed by Benfica’s coach for showing his lack of experience. In the twist of fate, Jesus Jorge had a physical altercation with an opposing player, Villas-Boas responded:

“Who would have thought it? The wizened master losing his rag and behaving far worse than the upstart kid.”

His intelligence and self-assured press conferences tells you there’s something extraordinary about him.
With an English ancestry, he was asked  after taking over at The Dragao who between his two famous superiors had influenced his career more, he replied:

“I see myself much more in the image of Bobby Robson than Mourinho. Like him I’ve got English heritage, I’ve got a big nose and I like red wine.”

Chelsea have landed a whizkid who will be the youngest manager in the Premier league by the time the season kicks off.

Do you think he has what it takes to succeed at Chelsea? Please have your say in the comment box.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Aro baba on June 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I pray he bring them UCL, cos its seems Roman will do anything for it.


  2. Posted by Aro baba on June 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I pray he brings them UCL, cos it seems Roman will do anything for it.


  3. Posted by digiace on June 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    He has done a fantastic job at Porto. I believe Chelsea will give him all the support he needs. This EPL season will be an intriguing one. Fantastic post, the quality has been so far maintained.


  4. Posted by ayaj on June 23, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I sure think he does, questioning his ability is not the issue.will roman have the patience, independence to allow him build?.winning the champions league is a process not a feat.d sooner roman realises this, the better for him.chelse needs, a good plan, stability and continuity.our squad is aged..allow this guy to do his job..say 5yrs


  5. Posted by dbrizio on June 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I earnestly look forward to d day AVB will b talked about and JM won’t feature in d same story. For those who don’t know AVB is not JM, in all honesty, he’s nutin like d man. Agreed dey both av a similar mentor (sir BR) and both came into limelight thru FC porto, but dats as far as dia similarities go. AVB is attack minded (d score more than ur opponent skool of thot) JM is more defensive (if you don’t concede, u can’t lose).
    AVB is humble, JM isn’t. As for d altercation in d Superliga, its a normal thing and to an extent expected. Followers of the portoguese league know this.
    I personally believed AVB shoulda bn given a ten year contract, he knows wat he’s doing… his uefa coaching license @ 17, coached a national team (albeit a tiny one) @ 21,he was born to coach. Went on to harness his skill under JM. He knows these players, knows d club and as much as I wished arsenal had snapped him up instead……chelsea av gotten demselves a gr8 manager who has success as a constant shadow.

    PS: all grammatical errors (if any) and typos shld b pardoned


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