London: Chelsea spent 28 million Pounds on firing manager Carlo Ancelotti and hiring Andre Villas-Boas, an outlay that does not appear to be paying off with the team performing worse in the English Premier League this season.
Ancelotti was ditched in May after failing to win a trophy in his second season at Stamford Bridge, prompting owner Roman Abramovich to take a costly gamble on luring the inexperienced Villas-Boas from Porto.
With the team a point worse off than at this stage last season and just clinging onto the fourth Champions League place, Abramovich has been a regular presence at training sessions during the past week.
But Chelsea have moved quickly to insist that the notoriously impatient Abramovich had positive talks with Villas-Boas during visits to the training ground....more
02:46 PM, Feb 09, 2012