STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Andre Villas-Boas the Chelsea manager looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on August 14, 2011 in Stoke on Trent, England. Chelsea have parted company with manager Andre villas-Boas and appointed his assistant Roberto di Matteo as interim coach until the end of the season. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Ed note: I wrote this last week, and now it's even more topical. So I'm posting it again. It's my blog, right?
So. You want to know what really happened to Andre Villas-Boas? Are you prepared for the truth? It's ugly. The answers lie deep within Stamford Bridge... and, also, after the jump.
There is a great activity on the platform. Six stewards frantically prepare the chamber for use. A special coffinlike container is put into place. Frank LAMPARD stands to the side, looking sinister. Andre VILLAS-BOAS is muscled towards the contraption, accompanied by defenders Ashley COLE, Branislav IVANOVIC and Jose BOSINGWA. Ersatz midfielder Raul MEIRELES is also with them, as is owner Roman ABRAMOVICH.
Andre VILLAS-BOAS: (to Ashley COLE) What's going on...buddy?
COLE: You're having your contract... frozen.
Roman ABRAMOVICH moves away from the group to Frank LAMPARD.
ABRAMOVICH: What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me.
LAMPARD: The fans will compensate you if he dies. Put him in!
Realizing what is about to happen, Branislav IVANOVIC lets out a wild howl and attacks the stewards surrounding Andre.
IVANOVIC: >:(. Rwwwwarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!
Within seconds, other reinforcements join the scuffle, befuddling the giant Serbian bear-man with their complicated words and such. From the instant of IVANOVIC's first move, Jose BOSINGWA begins to scream in panic while he tries to protect himself with his enormous eyebrow.
BOSINGWA: Oh, no! No, no, no! Stop, Branko, stop...!
The stewards are about to confuse IVANOVIC even further with their words and instructions.
VILLAS-BOAS: Stop, Branislav, stop! Do you hear me? Stop!
BOSINGWA: Yes, stop, please! I'm not ready to start at right back again. I may never be!
VILLAS-BOAS breaks away from his captors. LAMPARD nods to the stewards to let him go and the manager breaks up the fight.
VILLAS BOAS: Bran! Bran, this won't help me. Hey!
VILLAS-BOAS gives the Serbian bear-man a stern look.
VILLAS-BOAS: Save your strength. There'll be another time. The princess - you have to take care of him. You hear me? Fernando needs your help.
Andre winks at the Serbian bear-man, who wails a doleful farewell.
IVANOVIC: Mwaaaaaarrrrr! :-(
In a flash the guards have slipped binders on IVANOVIC, who is too distraught to protest. Andre turns to Raul MEIRELES. They look sorrowfully at one another, then Andre moves toward him and gives him a final, passionate kiss.
MEIRELES: I love you!
VILLAS-BOAS: I know.