With the recent sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and Roman Abramovich looking for his eighth permanent manager since buying the club in 2003, what can we in the business and recruitment world learn from the saga?
*Money doesn’t necessarily bring you success – AVB spent £82m on buying new players this season! Deep pockets may help but are no guarantee of being the leader in your field.
*Don’t bite off more than you can chew – was AVB just too young and inexperienced for such a big job, despite the fact that he had won four trophies with Porto?
*Make sure you understand exactly the nature and influence the “man in the big chair “, your very own Roman Abramovich will have before you accept a job.
*What about the team you will join and or manage – as the Chelsea saga has indicated, no amount of talent will compensate if a team doesn’t work as a team and respect the manager.
Contrast the Chelsea situation with that of Martin O’Neill – he took over at Sunderland when they were 17th (out of 20) in the Premier League on Dec 6th and they have now moved out of the relegation zone and into 12th place. He must have some lessons for us all……..