Doesn't change the fact that AVB still got treated poorly by the club. Amusing to see all the mad.
And he managed the club badly.
AVB isn't some kind of martyr figure. He was a manager who Abramovich paid through the nose for who, yes, didn't get all the support he needed from players/management. But also (in a massive point people choose to generally ignore) deployed innane tactics that didn't fit in any way shape or form with the players he had at his disposal. Playing a defence anchored at the halfway line with "pacemeisters" like John Terry was fucking stupid. Benching Frank Lampard in favour of an unproven, un-tested Spanish youngster was fucking stupid. Completely failing to man manage anyone
at the club sucessfully was fucking stupid. Trying to play fluid, Barca-esque football with Didier Drogba up front was fucking stupid. Alienating solid players like Anelka and Alex to the extent that they asked to leave the club, when we had a thin squad was fucking stupid.
And most of all the fact he never addressed any of the issues that was causing us to lose and draw most of our games and the fact he denied anything was going wrong and effectively hoped that by putting his fingers in his ear and going "LALALALA" things were going to turn around.
AVB is a good manager, undoubtedly. He sure as hell didn't show it with us though. Claiming he was some poor figure ousted by the evil players and ruthless Abramovich is a woefully innacurate claim. These things go both ways and AVB was not living up to his end of the bargain either. The proof is always in the pudding, an FA cup and the Champions League. I would say without equivocation that we would have not won either if he had stayed the season.