After Roman Abramovich paid £13.2million to release Andre Villas-Boas from his Porto contract in 2012, he arrived at Chelsea as one of the most exciting young managers in world football.
But just seven months later, the eccentric Russian billionaire would find himself forking out another £12m just to get the young Portuguese out of Stamford Bridge.
By the time the announcement was made, few Chelsea supporters were left surprised by the decision. They had grown used to their trigger-happy owner and a series of unconvincing performances had prepared everyone around the west London club for the inevitable.
Tensions reached breaking point on February 12, a day after Chelsea had lost 2-0 to Everton. Villas-Boas ordered his players in the very next day, calling off their day of rest simply to air his disappointment. Chelsea's senior players spoke up and sparked a blazing row.
Didier Drogba was at the African Cup of Nations at the time, but the Ivory Coast legend had already had his fair share of problems with the controversial manager. Speaking in his autobiography, Commitment, he has revealed a series of confrontations with Villas-Boas ultimately led to his downfall.
Drogba said there was a feeling amongst Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and himself that Villas-Boas was looking to get rid of them in order to stamp his mark on the team.
"That’s his right," Drogba admitted. "Because the club needed to keep moving forwards, but he shouldn’t have kept those players at the club while he was trying to make his revolution.
“Although we weren’t going around complaining, it had an impact on the rest of the squad if we weren’t happy.”
Villas-Boas would last another month after that training ground bust-up, but following a 1-0 defeat to West Brom and a 3-1 defeat to Napoli, he would receive his marching orders.
Drogba continued: “Andre’s mistake was to think that it was going to be easy — that we just had to do things his way and we would win.
“You have to be able to listen [to experienced individuals] and communicate with them.
"Otherwise, if you manage a team like Chelsea, you’re heading for a fall.”
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