The Italian quit his position on Wednesday after John Terry‘s trial on a charge of allegedly racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand was delayed until July, Chelsea having written to the court requesting that the trial be delayed until after the domestic season and the European championships were completed.
The English Football Association‘s (FA) decision to strip Terry of the captain’s armband without consulting Capello provoked a furious response from the former Real Madrid coach, who went on television in his homeland to criticise the FA’s decision, prompting Wednesday’s talks between Capello and his employers which led to his resignation.
The FA would have preferred the Terry court case to have been he
ld before Euro 2012 in June, but Villas-Boas said that the decision was down to the judge, not Chelsea.
“I think it’s a court decision, in the end it was the court’s decision that took it. We had our preference of course but I’m not sure that it was our preference that made an impact on the court’s decision to delay the case. Whatever the consequence of events that ran after we had nothing to do with it,” said Villas-Boas.
“I am not in a position to say what triggered the consequences of the consecutive events that terminated with Capello’s resignation because I don’t have that inside information, neither do I know if the FA’s information spread out to us was the reason for the resignation. But I can say it’s a surprise and a pity to lose such a successful figure in world football.”
Villas-Boas said that Terry, who missed Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Manchester United last weekend through injury, has been given a few days off to recover.
“He has a couple of days off with his injury, nothing regarding the turmoil and the media attention,” he said.
Chelsea currently lie in fourth place in the Premier League 14 points behind leaders Manchester City and only one point ahead of fifth placed Newcastle United.
With only the top four qualifying for next season’s Champions League Chelsea face a tricky trip to face Everton on Saturday (February 11).
“Basically the objectives we have for the season are pretty much outlined. Those are two competitions where we look better, one competition where we have to dilute the damage and try to finish fourth at least which is not a very honourable position for the dimension of this club,” he said.
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