Trigger happy Abramovich just can’t help himself

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There cannot have been many people who were surprised by Andreas Villas-Boas’s departure from Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

Guessing when he would go had almost become a national obsession and you could hear the intake of breath when Chelsea’s defeat at West Brom was confirmed.

Three wins in 12 league games meant it was only a matter of time and the news he had been fired quickly followed.

Managers come and go and the merry-go-round continues to turn - you only have to look at Leeds United and Huddersfield Town for that to be confirmed.

What is startling is the fact that Chelsea owner Roman Abramnovich has now had nine managers in the last eight years.

The Russian wants to build Chelsea into one of the biggest clubs in the world.

The problem is, he has no clue how to run a club and loves pulling the trigger.

Over the years, the biggest clubs have either been run with a great stability at the top with little or no interference in playing matters from the top or where, like Real and Barca in Spain and Celtic and Rangers in Scotland, two-horse races for the title are the norm.

The latter is certainly not the case in England where you may have periods of dominance from one team or another but there is always the chance that others can gatecrash the party.

The former is something that clearly does not happen at Stamford Bridge where the owner likes to have a presence at training and change the team boss as often as he changes his underwear.

It takes more than just money to create a successful club and it is about time the Chelsea owner realises that.

What had you achieved when you were 22, if indeed you have reached that grand old age?

Rory McIlroy is on top of the golfing world at that age after talking over the number one ranking from Luke Donald.

And he becomes the second youngest player ever to sit at the top, the first being Tiger Woods.

McIlroy is the third Brit in a row to be the leading player in the world after Donald and Lee Westwood had spells there.

But he has a major advantage - literally - over both of them.

The criticism of the two Englishmen - as it was of McIlroy’s tennis number one girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki - was that they were number one without having won a major.

McIlroy won the US Open last June, showing his true character just a few months after crashing spectacularly in the final round of the Masters.

He is a driven individual and could be at the top for many years to come.