Souness: Chelsea appointing Villas-Boas was a big mistake
Published 22:55 13/08/11 By Paul Smith
Graeme Souness believes Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has gaffed big-time in replacing Carlo Ancelotti with Andre Villas-Boas.
Abramovich paid £13.2million in compensation to Porto to make Villas-Boas his new boss after firing Ancelotti for failing to win any silverware last season.
But Souness claims the 33-year-old’s achievements at the Portuguese club have been played up too much.
Souness said: “Chelsea are a big concern for me. The new manager and his new backroom team are relatively inexperienced. I worry for Chelsea.
“I just didn’t see any sense in getting rid of the previous manager. I thought Ancelotti was a good manager, tried and tested at the highest level.
“The guy they have got in now is untried. Being successful in Portugal, where I worked for two years, isn’t the biggest of deals. The way they have got it set up at Porto – from the president down – they are more or less guaranteed success every year there.”
Souness also feels the fact that Villas-Boas never played the game professionally, as well as his relative managerial inexperience, will see him struggle to control the Chelsea dressing room.
“The guy never played the game. I don’t think he’s been around top players all his life and he’s not got that experience,” said Souness.
“Nothing prepares you for management at the highest level.
“The reason I think Chelsea will have difficulty this year is because he’s going to take a year to find out exactly what it’s all about in England. When you look at what they had last year with Ancelotti, he has been around the block many times and won everything as a player and manager.
“ I thought he was a perfect fit for them.”