Any Mour doubt?
Chris Kamara says AVB was doomed from the start and that Jose Mourinho is an inevitable successor.
Last Updated: 05/03/12 11:55am
Every Saturday afternoon, Chris Kamara heads to stadiums up and down the country to deliver his unique match reports for Soccer Saturday.
On Sundays you can see him back in the Sky Sports studios as he brings you all of the highlights as well as in-depth analysis of all the action on Goals on Sunday.
And then on Mondays you can find Kammy right here on skysports.com as he brings you his views on the weekend.
Join us every week as he runs through his highs and lows of the Premier League...
AVB was doomed from the very start
The departure of Andre Villa-Boas was inevitable. Back in the summer they paid millions of pounds in compensation for him, but instead of giving him a five-year deal and letting him know that Roman Abramovich was behind him, he only got a two-year deal. From that moment, some of the players knew they'd be there longer than he was.
If he'd got a five-year deal then the players would have known what was going on; it would have sent out a clear message and he could have got on with things. However, the players just knew him as the guy who did the Prozone stuff under Jose Mourinho and with a two-year deal it suggested he was never going to finish it. He was under pressure from the beginning.
However, the manager should set the tone for everybody else. If Harry Redknapp had gone into Chelsea last summer then the senior players would all have been busting a gut for him because of his man-management style. Unfortunately, Villas-Boas has been caught out because of his lack of experience.
He tried to change too much too quickly
When he reflects on his time at Stamford Bridge, he'll probably think he tried to change things too quickly. There's no doubt the dressing room is run by the senior players and when he took them on, there was only ever going to be one winner. He will now realise he should have gone with it for a while and given the players the chance to hang themselves with their performances, so that the crowd were the ones wanting them out rather than him.
As it turned out, the senior players have been the best players this season. I also didn't understand some of the players he sold; Nicolas Anelka's treatment was shabby, Alex's treatment was shabby. Which Premier League club wouldn't want those two players? Then you had Didier Drogba being left out, Fernando Torres, not looking happy plus the rumblings with Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole. The mistakes just continued until the end. He did great things at Porto and he hasn't become a bad manager overnight, but Chelsea wasn't right for him and he made mistakes.
But experience is a wonderful thing. When I was a manager at a lower level I went into Stoke City with all guns blazing and I tried to change things too quickly. I look back and I know what my mistakes were and he'll be doing the same. He'll know now he should have embraced the senior players, instead of taking them on.
Chelsea is still a great job for somebody
We were talking about replacements on Goals on Sunday and we had to be reminded by our producer that AVB was still in a job! Then half an hour after we came off air he was gone! His departure was inevitable, but I still believe it's a great job for somebody.
I've seen Luiz Felipe Scolari describing his time there as a nightmare because there's no stability for the manager, but there would be stability for anyone who brings you success. Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti were all sacked because they couldn't deliver the Champions League and it shows how desperate the owner is for success. Chelsea is a wonderful football club and everybody forgets that it has an owner who is desperate to win the biggest prizes. They have some wonderful players, too.
Roberto Di Matteo must stamp his own style as caretaker boss
Roberto has been a Premier League manager and he's a Chelsea legend. The one thing he must do now is put his own identity on things. When he was the coach he had to do whatever Villas-Boas said and carry out the orders of the manager, who has to be the one to make the big decisions. When you become the manager yourself you can bring your own ideas in and hopefully bring back a feel-good factor to the dressing room.
It doesn't matter what the lads might have thought about him before; he needs to sit down and explain how he sees things and explain how he wants to do things differently to AVB. He has to play the way he wants to play.
The return of Mourinho looks inevitable now
I think Di Matteo will hold the fort until the end of the season until Jose Mourinho returns. Water has passed under the bridge and hopefully both he and Abramovich will realise their mistakes. Mourinho loves London, he has a great affinity with Chelsea and he probably feels he has unfinished business - ie the Champions League. His time is up in Spain and it looks like he will win the league and possibly even the Champions League before leaving the Bernabeu. He's conquered every country he's been in and now he needs to give Abramovich the one prize he's craved. It looks inevitable now.
Villas-Boas worked for Mourinho and they had a massive fall-out for whatever reason and when you saw Mourinho being pictured in the papers looking for houses in London you could only wonder if revenge was on his mind?
In all the Chelsea stuff, West Brom's performance has been lost
We tried to shout about this as loudly as we could on Goals on Sunday, but West Brom were absolutely fantastic. Chelsea weren't shocking on Saturday, they were just out-run, out-chased and out-played by a better team on the day. You can't take anything away from Roy Hodgson's team and their players deserve a lot of credit.
And finally, a quick word for Swansea City
I saw Swansea at Wigan on Saturday and I was more than impressed. They obviously don't have Barcelona's players, but they try and play in the same way; their full-backs will always try to play, rather than putting the ball out and while that is a risky strategy, Brendan Rodgers wants his players to have the confidence to do it. The full-backs Neil Taylor and Angel Rangel and the wingers Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair play on the touchline with white paint on their feet and they make the pitch big. I think it's great to watch.
Stuart Pearce was watching the likes of Dyer and Sinclair and while they are not the greatest players in the world, they both have a real desire to work their socks off. They are short of England standard, but they'll put in a shift and they will improve with experience. It looks nailed on that, like Norwich, Swansea will survive.