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*Andre Villas Boas* Interview With A Chelsea Fan

Following the interview with our very own Merlin from Vital Chelsea: *Di Matteo* An Interview With A Chelsea Fan we returned to ask about another former Chelsea manager linked with Villa, this time Andre Villas Boas

1) AVB came highly rated, but I don`t think you guys were that impressed when he was selected were you?

The general feeling was that Carlo Ancelotti didn`t deserve to be sacked, but as the days passed, Andre Villas-Boas` record in Portuguese football impressed more and more of us. Going through the season unbeaten and coming from the same background as Jose Mourinho, he seemed to have all the credentials, but……as we found out, what you`ve achieved before means nothing in the hurly-burly of the Premier League.

2) Did he do anything to impress?

To start with yes! We played some good football even when we got beat 3-1 at Old Trafford we looked a decent outfit in the making. The high defensive line was being bedded in and his enthusiasm started to endear him to the supporters. But then………..the train started to come off the rails. A shuddering 5-3 defeat, at home, by Arsenal and an extended 'Bad Moment` that spanned two months, settled matters one way or another.

3) What was his style of play?

Andre looked to play football. The defence played high up the pitch and a pressing game was implemented to ensure possession was quickly gained back when lost. Initially it worked but then sides worked out that by slipping the ball between the central defenders for quick players to run on to was our undoing.

4) Was he always onto a loser at Chelsea trying to change a very strong and older dressing room too quickly? If so, do you think that is a comment on him being a bad manager OR do you think he might well fit elsewhere in the PL, more specifically Villa?

I don`t think he was on to a loser from the off, I think he tried to implement a three year project in his first season. The old-guard has done so much for our club and still, as the Champions League proved, do. Andre tried to dislodge certain players without ever telling them why and when the 'Bad Moment` occurred they were never going to put everything on the line for him. Now whether he can turnaround a club in a different situation whereby there is no dominant old-guard to shift, I`m not sure. I`m not certain he`s a bad manager, stubborn perhaps, but not bad!

5) Bit harsh to bring him in, say you`ll back him, then sack him wasn`t it? Abramovich is a numptie isn`t he?

Most definitely not! It was a brave call from Roman and the board. We were heading nowhere and looking down the barrel of financial chaos. No Champions League football would have hit us hard. It got to a stage whereby results / form were awful and a change, despite that original backing, had to be made.

6) AV (ignore the B) it was meant to be wasn`t it? Bring in David Villa and buy me an Aston Martin and we are surely set to win the league?! Or more sensibly, any opinions on who you think would be a good manager for Villa?

If you were to press me on which of the two you should go for, I`d say Robbie (to our detriment though). He`s a sound bloke, has decent man-management skills and now has some real credibility about him following the triumph, in the face of adversity, against both Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Andre has this air of aloofness about him and his pres s conferences will leave you gob-smacked with words plucked from the Oxford English dictionary that have you scratching your head.

But, if you want to take a real punt on a replacement for McLeish, plump for Claudio Ranieri. The likeable Italian took us to second place and it was the foundations he put in place (signing Petr Cech, Frank Lampard and Arjen Robben) that enabled Jose Mourinho to come in and win back-to-back titles.

With thanks to Merlin from Vital Chelsea.


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Date:Tuesday May 29 2012

Time: 11:00AM

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interesting about Ranieri, a few Villa fans have mentioned they'd like him, I think he's drifted from one club to the next being sacked an awful lot, but that is interesting re: setting the foundations.
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29/05/2012 09:55:00

why do I have a feeling that with the right move, AVB will be the excellent manager that many expected him to be last summer. as for Ranieri, even as a rival fan, I always thought he was hugely entertaining at Chelsea and also did a great job there.
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29/05/2012 11:06:00

Like both DiMatteo and Ranieri along with Lambert Poyet Rodgers some decent names for Villa to be linked with. However with a very limited budget a group of young players who need confidence instilled in them after last season Lambert looks a safe pair of hands with his man-management skills.However thats one for the board to decide on just showing Villa fans are not as picky as the press would have you believe no more than any other clubs fans .Think AVB is looking at the top 10 champions league clubs for his next project therefore have not considered him as a likely prospect.
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29/05/2012 11:14:00

I'd have any of those three, but it's unlikely we would get AVB or Di Matteo as we are nowhere near Europa at this moment let alone CL. Ranieri would be a good shout though. Better than a yo-yo mgr who has only just managed between the PL and Championship. I see these as being Lambert, Martinez and Southgate. I really would love to see a european mgr who could bring in some untapped talent. Still gutted we didnt get OGS, despite the risk, but saw this as no bigger risk than taking a yoyo mgr. Hope we get it sorted soon, my nerves are ragged from the uncertainty.
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29/05/2012 11:25:00

Another good one from Merlin. I was saying Ranieri this time last (check the posts). I still think he'd be good....I also mentioned he got the foundations in for Mourinho to do his best for Chelsea. Ranieri is still a good bet for me. I'd also back RDM.
Pride of Lions
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29/05/2012 11:26:00

Gus Poyet!
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29/05/2012 11:32:00

Bucket of cold water from me ... does anybody honestly think any of those named above would come to Villa with our budget and creaky squad? Be honest now ... The club has been severely damaged in the past two seasons and there's a lot of hard work to be done at all levels before we can look at recovering our position. It's more than playing style and man management. In today's game we need cash to buy players. It's no good talking about Ranieri doing well after buying Lampard, Cech and Robben - we can't build a squad with such purchases ... that is a COMPLETE fantasy! Sad, but honest, IMHO.
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29/05/2012 11:46:00

Opinion among Chelsea fans is divided when he was sacked, split the fans in two sides those like me believe the players were the problem afterall his league record at Porto was better than Jose Mourinho's. AVB was given a mandate to change our style of play as well as blooding in youngsters. This meant a few veteran players warming the bench, they did not like this. With the much publicised player power at Chelsea there was surely only going to be one winner. To cut a long story short AVB is one of those progressive managers who believe in the beautiful game had he been given more time he would have been successful at Chelsea. RDM has done well in the cups but if you look at our league form W3 D4 L3 then look at his tenure at West Brom, despite AVB's fractured relationship with players when he was sacked we were still in fourth place.
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29/05/2012 11:53:00

The European managers mentioned are accustomed to quality players but unfortunately we lack the players and the money to buy them. Therefore, I'd far prefer a young, hungry, manager who can grow with our team. Bring on Lambert, Rodgers, Poyet or Martinez.
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29/05/2012 12:10:00

interesting points Anarchy.
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29/05/2012 12:55:00

I think Ranieri would be ideal for Villa and do a great job. I also think AVB will flourish somewhere if he can learn from his mistakes quickly. He didn't learn quickly enough at Chelsea and with hindsight, there is no question that Roman was right to sack him. As for Bobby, I think he's a decent Manager who was prepared to serve his apprenticeship in the lower leagues which I like. He did very well at MK Dons and then at WBA and personally I thought at the time it was harsh to sack him. He'd taken them into the Prem and wasn't in the relegation zone, i'm really not sure how much more they could reasonalby have expected. Anyway, decent as he is, I don't think he will shine anywhere apart from Chelsea. Sometimes you just get situations where things fit, like a relationship I suppose! It might not be the pretty one who caught your eye but her somewhat plainer mate with whom you really click! I can't see the future and the job to do at Chelsea now is very different to the one he has done so spectacularly well so far but maybe Bobby and Chelsea just click, they certainly have so far as a Manager and a player. Incidentally, i also feel that it is like this with Guardiola and Barca, nothing to say he would be a success anywhere else so I don't see the appeal for Chelsea really. Given that no one is ever a guaranteed success (apart from Jose of course!), I think, like Merlin, that I'd be tempted to give him a go, surely he's earned that at least.
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29/05/2012 13:09:00

I think Claudio would come 144wittonlane and just to correct you, whilst he did sign Cech and Robben in the January, they didn't arrive until the summer and Claudio was sacked, so they never played under him! I take your point though, he did splash a bit of cash which I don't suppose he'll be doing at Villa!
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29/05/2012 13:13:00

Did you really think you were going to get a Chelsea fan to admit Abramovich is a numpty after his big plan and gazillions of pounds have FINALLY paid off and won them the champs league!?
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29/05/2012 13:13:00

Gus Poyet (this is a subliminal message, you will all be converts by teatime.
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29/05/2012 13:22:00

Already converted on Gus onlyteaminthemids! I think he has a very bright future in the game and wouldn't mind seeing him back at the Bridge one day too! Another one prepared to learn his trade in the lower leagues and really doing the business!
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29/05/2012 13:47:00

Like your style Spanish. Was always a top bloke, top player, conducted himself in the right way and still looks like he could play the last 20 minutes and pop up with the winner. Which all tells me we'll probably go for old potato face...
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29/05/2012 14:27:00

I for one are not building my hopes up. I have done that too many times since the so called "five year plan". If it wasnt for the fan reception to AM he certainly still be the manager! Faulkner and Lerner will sign who they want, we have nothing to say about the matter, so why bother to discuss it.
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29/05/2012 14:41:00

no lurman but you can't blame a bloke for trying !LOL

Cheers for comments SpanishBlue, interesting stuff, love getting the low down on players/managers etc from fellow fans.
The Fear
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29/05/2012 14:47:00

Well it's nice to be able to have a proper conversation about football TF, whatever your shirt colour! Can't do that on our site any more sadly!
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29/05/2012 16:16:00

Do you think a manager who turns down Valencia will come and manage Aston Villa?? *LoL* wake up
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30/05/2012 08:27:00

Martinez will get the job. We are at least a couple of years away from attracting a 'top' manager to VP. I just hope we get it right now as our great club should not be in decline.
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30/05/2012 08:41:00

oh well forget Ranieri he took over as manager of Monaco today, agreed Spanish Blue it is nice to see reasonable comment from other fans on prospective managers.
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30/05/2012 10:24:00

Cheers, Merlin128777 and sorry about Claudio, I genuinely thought he'd be a good fit. Apologies also for @Mq, can't even escape him over here! Still, I suppose he did nicely reinforce my point about no longer being able to have proper discussions on the Chelsea site! Good luck with whoever you get in the end!
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30/05/2012 11:04:00


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