Andre Villas-Boas has suggested that Chelsea's ongoing problems are the result of Roman Abramovich's trigger-happy style of ownership, in particular his affinity to sacking managers at the first sign of trouble.
The Russian owner has become notorious for giving managers their marching orders if they do not meet his exceedingly high standards. Villas-Boas, now of Zenit St Petersburg, knows all about it.
Having arrived at Stamford Bridge amidst much fanfare in 2011, the Portuguese manager barely lasted over six months before he and his backroom staff were sacked, costing Abramovich tens of millions in compensation.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
Article continues below
He is one of seven men to have been sacked by Abramovich since he bought a holding stake in 2003 and he has now suggested that it could be the reason why they have found themselves in their current position.
A draw against Everton on Saturday left the Blues hovering just four points above the relegation zone and a massive 14 points away from the top four places. It has been a nightmare season that no one predicted.
Article continues below
Shoulder the blame
It eventually led to Mourinho's second demise in west London, but Villas-Boas wants Abramovich to shoulder some of the blame.
He told the Mirror: “Roman has sacked basically every coach that he’s had. It’s no different. It happened even to the best.
“The same criteria that he has applied to me, for Rafa Benítez, for all the other coaches, [Carlo] Ancelotti, he’s applied to Jose as well.”
Similar to Mourinho, Villas-Boas was sacked for a combination of poor form and a lack of support from players. He won only three of his last 12 games in charge and was replaced by Roberto Di Matteo.
He appears to understand why he was dismissed but admits he finds it "incredible" that the same logic has been applied to the likes of Mourinho, who had experienced so much success both at Chelsea and elsewhere.
He said: “It’s been quite incredible to see that it [being sacked] was applied to everybody.
“It was applied to probably their dearest coach, their most successful coach, so in the end we have seen nothing different.”
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms