Chelsea players not to blame for AVB sacking according to Wilkins
Yet another Chelsea manager has bitten the dust, with Andre Villas-Boas following Luis Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti out of the Stamford Bridge exit door.
March 5th, 2012
It appeared as though Villas-Boas paid the price for failing to massage the egos of senior players such as Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, with the 34-year-old getting sacked in the wake of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at West Brom.
However, Ray Wilkins has claimed that the players did not influence Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s decision to release Villas-Boas and claims that it is just a case of the Russian being impatient for overnight success.
He told talkSPORT: “I found the players an absolute delight to work with.
“They are a very nice bunch of guys, they are a hard-working bunch and, coupled with that, they are an extremely talented bunch. We didn’t have a problem.
“I don’t think the players swayed the owner. It appears they are looking for change at Chelsea and I just feel they went about it too quickly with AVB.
“To change what has been such a force – not only in the Premier League but in European football – overnight, you just can’t do that.
“It takes a gradual adjustment. Chelsea have gone hammer and tongs at it and they should have taken their time in switching over.”