Becoming the manager of Chelsea is a poisoned chalice. Roman Abramovich may stay away from the public, but his influence on the team and how he wants it play has been evident in the number of top quality managers he has brought in and disposed of.
At the start of this season he brought in Andre Villas-Boas who was a scout under undoubtedly his best manager, Jose Mourinho. He was hailed as the next great thing, but with an ageing team failed to get the players behind him and the team to perform. He has now left the club.
Maybe Abramovich should have taken notice of the coaches lower down the pecking order at Chelsea, as he may well have found the best man for the job closer to home. Swansea City Manager Brendan Rogers was reserve team coach at Chelsea, and he has worked wonders at the little-fancied newly-promoted club, and has the Swans seating 11th in the league.
It would probably have cost him a lot less.