The “Group One,” and a new dawn for Chelsea FC

The Serviced City Pads blog knows that summer is always an interesting time for football fans. Though we are taking an enforced break from club football, there is still plenty happening. We are right in the middle of the transfer market silly season, with all sorts of rumours flying around. Nasri to Manchester United? Drogba to Marseille? Neymar to Real Madrid? Fabregas to Barcelona? (Let’s hope so – not that the Serviced City Pads blog hasn’t enjoyed the crushing tedium of the “Will he, won’t he?” Cesc – Barca pantomime that has been going on and on and on…)

However, to focus so much on the players is to neglect the always entertaining managerial merry-go-round that is in full swing at the moment. There have been some great stories: McLeish to Villa, anyone? A return to management for the excellent Chris Hughton at Birmingham FC. Martin Jol returning to London to manage Fulham. Then there’s always the Serviced City Pads blog’s personal favourite, Mark Hughes high profile exit from Fulham in order to manage… no-one? All these are great stories, but they have surely been eclipsed by the one of the most audacious hirings in recent memory – Villas Boas’ move from Porto to take the reins at Chelsea FC.

At only 33 years of age, the former assistant coach to a certain Jose Mourinho looks like a risky signing. However, in his comparatively brief career he has demonstrated that he is a man to be taken seriously. He comes to Chelsea for the 2011/12 season having just led Porto to victory in the league, cup and Europa League. He is an ambitious coach who is determined to win trophies, but whilst playing good football. He is also, in stark contrast to his mentor, a modest individual who stresses the importance of unity and co-operation. He has recently described himself as “The Group One”. It is tempting to see Villas Boas as the personification of everything that the London club want to become in the next few seasons. Everyone at the club seems to recognise that now is the time for change – Chelsea’s ageing squad has become a worry, and is in need of an overhaul. They will also be hoping to gain some stability and to hopefully claim the prize that has so far eluded them: the Champions League.

However, already some are politely sceptical about this new dawn. They are asking questions such as: How long before Villas Boas has a few bad results and is pushed out the exit door (following in the footsteps of Ranieri, Mourinho, Grant, and Ancelotti)? How will the players respond to the new man, who they have known previously as Mourinho’s assistant? How many of the current Chelsea squad will still be there come the first day of the season? It’s going to be very interesting finding out the answers to these questions over the next few months.

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