Monday Football Billsboard: Villas Boas Sacked.

Posted on March 5, 2012

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AVB Sacked. After a disappointing run of 1 win in their last 5 EPL game was capped by a 1-0 defeat at West Brom, Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as manager of Chelsea yesterday. The news came as no real shock, as it’s been widely reported for a while that he was at loggerheads with a number of key (read: Terry and Lampard) players, players that have fair sway with Roman Abramovich. It’s hard on Villas-Boas, who had little to no chance to start with. He inherited a side on a downward slide in a league that gets more competitive at the top every year. The instant success that Chelsea seem to demand was never on the cards, and despite being told to change the ethos of the club, Villas-Boas has paid for trying to do that. So who to replace him? Jose Mourinho is the first name that comes up, but I’ll be shocked if that happens. When he took over last time it was at a club on the rise that had just finished second, then he went to Inter who had just won 2 league titles followed by Real Madrid who are well, Real Madrid. Mourinho will not go to a Chelsea side on the decline. Rafa Benitez and Fabio Capello are also in the frame, but neither is convincing. 2 months ago, Guus Hiddink would have been the man, but he’s now at megabucks Anji in Russia and has a project there. So who does that leave? Frank Rijkaard? Michael Laudrup? Steve Kean? Mick McCarthy? Whoever it is, they have a serious job on their hands.

Platini loves Scottish Football. Michel Platini has come out and said that he is already dreaming of a Barcelona vs. Real Madrid final in the Champions League. I really am beginning to feel a strong disdain for these 2 clubs and especially the way people faun over La Liga, a league that whilst having some great players, is also the 2nd most predictable, boring league in all of World Football. Personally, I’m hoping for a APOEL v Zenit Champions League final.

Euro Roundup: Twente, now re-united with their darling Steve McClaren, produced a stunning performance to win 6-2 away at PSV this weekend, putting them a point behind AZ at the top with a game in hand. If they continue to play as that, it’ll be tough for any other club in the Eredivisie to cope with them. PSG returned to the top after a 4-1 win at home to struggling Ajaccio, one day after Montpellier could only draw with Dijon. It’s a 2 horse race in France, but I predict that by mid April it’ll be a 1 horse race. Dortmund have a 7 point lead in Germany after Bayern Munich and Moenchengladbach slipped up, a 4-0 away win at Palermo puts Milan clear in Italy, and as Dinamo Moscow and Anji Makhachkala are 0-0 in Russia the moment on ESPN, it’s clear nobody has a clue how to pronounce the town in Dagestan that is home for Anji.

Here’s a wonder goal from Ricardo Quaresma.

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