23 May 2011
CARLO ANCELOTTI SACKED
So disappointing. You'd think that after having 6 managers in the last 5 years, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic would realise that short-term changes are not how you run a club as big as Chelsea. Sure there'll be some decent seasons amongst them, but it's all hit and miss really, with already some chances of success assumed, considering the squad we have.
What Chelsea Football Club needs is stability. I think we have to give managers time. Probably not as much time as Arsene Wenger's been given over at Arsenal, but certainly giving the sack after one trophy-less season is not right - and I reckon this applies to all clubs, not just the big ones.
So then, having a look at our season and why we finished it empty-handed, it was pretty eventful from the start. Releasing a load of experienced players was definitely a mistake. Michael Ballack, Joe Cole, Deco, Belletti - sure, most weren't performing to their expected standards on the pitch, but their absence from the dressing room and training ground was missed heavily. Their exodus inevitably leads to more playing time for our key players, or I should say less resting time, and so for sure the likes of Terry, Lampard and Essien missed months with injury, as well as long term injuries for Benayoun and Bosingwa. And not to mention Drogba's malaria.
Ray Wilkins' sudden departure was the last thing we needed too. It was totally out of the blue and it also showed some weakness on Ancelotti's part, who didn't seem to mind one bit, despite having personally opted for him as his right-hand man. Seems a bit of a pushover for not questioning the decision. I felt this characteristic was again shown as he didn't seem to care one bit in the run up to his imminent sacking. I even heard he would consider taking the then-already-relegated West Ham job, and this was before our game against Everton this weekend. Quite shocking.
Anyways, he's gone and we're back in the hunt for a new manager. Again. Just hope the right man is chosen and stuck with for years to come.