March 5, 2012
Posted: 940 GMT
The sacking of Andre Villas-Boas proves that Chelsea is still a rich man's plaything but fans of the club should be grateful that owner Roman Abramovich is still paying attention to his footballing toy instead of leaving it, forgotten and unloved, at the bottom of the cupboard.
Forget talk of Abramovich shirking his long term project. He was right to ditch a manager who took the 2010 English Premier League champions, last season's runners-up, a club that's only been out of the top two once in the last nine seasons, and left them struggling to qualify for the UEFA Champions League after eight consecutive years in the competition.
Villas-Boas' oversaw just 19 wins in 40 games, giving him a win percentage of 47.5 per cent - the worst of any Chelsea manager in the Abramovich era.
Those bare statistics make it irrelevant whether or not Villas-Boas was the victim of dressing room militancy, senior players with a more direct line of communication to the owner than the manager himself.
Abramovich may have too many voices in his ear but, on this occasion, the whispering was correct.
The core of Chelsea's squad is ageing but remains strong and Villas-Boas tried to change too much too quickly, according to his predecessor at Stamford Bridge Carlo Ancelotti in a recent interview with CNN.
And before Ancelotti's comments are dismissed as sour grapes, remember the Italian has been a multiple league and European Cup winner as both a player and manager.
Villas-Boas wasn't a professional footballer and came to Chelsea after one hugely successful season with Porto - the club with the best resources in Portugal.
His former employers said the move had come too early in his career and I thought the same thing.
I'll admit I was impressed by his first news conference as Chelsea boss. I watched him last summer charm the entire media pack with his eloquent grasp of English and youthful exuberance.
It was echoes of 2004 when another brash, young Portugese coach breezed into Stamford Bridge but Villas-Boas has suffered by comparison.
Maybe Abramovich now realizes that only the original "Special One" will do. If Jose Mourinho's house hunting in London, just days before Villas-Boas' dismissal, was a coincidence - it's an extraordinary one.
Whoever the new manager is next season they will have money to spend. It's a myth to say Chelsea's owner has stopped investing in the squad.
He's parted with over $280 million in the last two seasons. That's the biggest two year spend on new players since he first bought the club.
Chelsea is still Abramovich's favourite football toy. He just needs to find the right playmate to share it with.