Will AVB follow the curse of the Chelsea managers?
We look at the the Chelsea curse that AVB will hope to avoid
Andre Villas-Boas will hope he doesn’t follow a similar path to some fellow former Chelsea managers who have drifted from the footballing landscape since leaving Stamford Bridge.
AVB now has now been sacked twice in London over the past 18 months and he will hope that his career path doesn’t follow some other Chelsea managers that have been shown the door by the Blues.
A pre-Roman Abramovich manager, the Dutchman guided the club to FA Cup glory as a player-manager in 1997, the club’s first trophy in 26 years, also becoming the first non-British manager to win a major trophy in England.
That was as good as it got and the following season, with the club in both cup competitions and second in the Premier League he was ousted with Gianluca Vialli replacing the Dutchman. A miserable time at Newcastle followed and never managed another trophy at Feyenoord, the LA Galaxy and Russian side Terek Grozny.
The Italian replaced Gullit in what was his first managerial role. His two years at the club were largely successful, winning the League Cup, FA Cup and Uefa Cup, but was sacked after a poor start to the 2000/01 season amid rumours of fall-outs with senior players.
He soon went to Watford where he was sacked after just one season and has not managed a team since. A regular on the punditry scene.
The Israeli manager was brought to the club after the shock departure of Jose Mourinho in 2007 and was a penalty kick away from landing the Champions League trophy.
Similar to Rafa Benetiz, his face didn’t sit well with many in the club and it came as no surprise when his contract was terminated at the end of the season.
He went on to lead Portsmouth to an FA Cup Final, but had a difficult time at West Ham, sacked hours after the club was relegated in 2011. His most recent post was with Partizan Belgrade.
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Another who failed to last the course at Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian came with a huge reputation but was out of a job within seven months. He has resurrected his career unlike the others, but his stock fell considerably after his time in London.
He took over after Portugal’s Euro 2008 campaign and thus became the first World Cup winning manager to take charge of a Premier League outfit, turning down Manchester City.
He went to Uzbekistani champions Bunyodkor the following summer and then Brazilian side Palmeiras before returning to take over the Samba Boys in November 2012.