WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Chelsea manager, Andre Villa-Boas gives instructions from the touchline during Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on March 3, 2012 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Andre Villas-Boas Sacked By Chelsea FC

Chelsea have fired Andre-Villas Boas after less than a year in charge of the club.

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Andre Villas-Boas Disappointing, Leaves Chelsea In Bad Position - We Ain't Got No History

Andre Villas-Boas is a young manager who cost Chelsea FC a lot of money. Like Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti before him, he was sacked very quickly. Between Chelsea's recent managerial carousel, Villas-Boas' youth and the expense of both hiring him and firing Ancelotti, many will see his sacking as an impatient knee-jerk decision.

This might be the case. It's quite possible that bad luck and a squad that isn't good enough have quite a bit more to do with Chelsea's struggles than any manager, but there's no denying that their position is a bad one. Despite their high expectations and extensive spending, they are in fifth place. Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, despite much lower levels of net spending in recent years, are ahead of Chelsea with most of the season gone. As Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History writes, Villas-Boas' record was very poor. Money aside, he didn't do much to earn a right to stay in a job.

Villas-Boas came with impeccable credentials, but his reign went downhill early on and never really got any better. Losses to Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers, and most recently West Bromwich Albion made the situation completely untenable, and he becomes the latest victim of the axeman.

This will be portrayed as yet another move in the Chelsea managerial carousel, and whether or not that's fair is a matter of some debate. What isn't is his record with the Blues - Villas-Boas, having breezed to a triple in Portugal with Porto last season, has made a right meal with it in the Premier League, leaving the club in worse position that the reviled [Luiz] Felipe Scolari.

Nine months ago, I was convinced that Villas-Boas was the right man for the job. His tactical acumen was beyond dispute, his players loved him, and he'd worked with Chelsea before. I was probably wrong.

Roberto Di Matteo will take over for the rest of the season, and Abramovich can only hope that he does a better job of motivating his players to play to the best of their abilities than Villas-Boas did.

For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.

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Chelsea's Managerial Changes Have Cost £42m

Chelsea FC and Roman Abramovich will be thrilled that the upcoming Financial Fair Play regulations just require clubs to make progress towards breaking even in the early years of its existence. Over the past year, Chelsea has spent, and ultimately wasted, more money on managers than many top-flight professional teams spend on their entire squads.

According to Chelsea writer/journalist Dan Levene of the Fulham Chronicle, it cost Chelsea a combined £28m to buy out Carlo Ancelotti and bring in the now fired Andre Villas-Boas. Chelsea reportedly had to pay £13.2m to buy out Villas-Boas' contract at FC Porto, meaning that the Ancelotti buyout was worth just under £15m.

Villas-Boas' contract was worth £14m over three years and Chelsea will probably pay him most, if not all, of that money. That means that Chelsea's last two managerial hirings and firings have cost them in the neighborhood of £42m. Whoever they hire at the end of the season is unlikely to come cheap. Additionally, the squad needs an overhaul and Financial Fair Play will actually start to restrict what a club like Chelsea can do in a few seasons. For the sake of the club, Abramovich should make sure he's a bit more careful (and patient) with his next hire.

For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.

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Andre Villas-Boas Sacked By Chelsea FC

Chelsea have fired Andre-Villas Boas after less than a year in charge of the club.

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