Saturday, November 24, 2012
ABRAMOVICH: I'M THE BOSS! by Chijioke Ezeali
C.J is at it again. As far as he 's concerned, Roman Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea, is making every one realize he's in charge and C.J feels Di Matteo will not be the last to be shown the way out of Stamford bridge. His analysis of the situation at Chelsea are spot on as far as i know. You can make your own contribution and share your thought below in the comment box. Enjoy
In February 2010 Mourinho said: “I think that he [Abramovich] sometimes thinks too much with his heart and helps people in football that he likes instead of thinking about getting the best for the job.”
Mourinho is never afraid to say it as it is even if sometimes he over does it but is still greatly respected as one of the greatest coaches of all times.
On 19th, September,2007 a statement on the Chelsea website confirmed: "Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company today (Thursday) by mutual consent." This was a Man that won trophies and made the club respected again after many years of indifferent performance:
2 June, 2004 - Appointed manager
27 February, 2005 - Wins Carling Cup 3-2 v Liverpool
30 April, 2005 - Beat Bolton 2-0 to win Premiership title
4 May, 2005 - Signs new five-year contract
29 April, 2006 - Beat Man Utd 3-0 to win Premiership again
27 February, 2007 - Beat Arsenal 2-1 to win Carling Cup
19 May, 2007 - Win FA Cup by beating Man Utd 1-0 at Wembley.
Mourinho's man management qualities were next to none and the players loved him even Frank Lampard was reported to be his closest friend at a time but like Roberto Di Matteo's departure this week shows us again, its only owner Roman Abramovich's opinion that matters at Chelsea.
Abramovich had always wished for his Chelsea to be the Barcelona in blue and even when the team won 10 trophies in 8years his primary objective has been fantasy football. This explains his constant changing of coaches,
Check out the list:
Claudio Ranieri (Italy)September 2003-May 2004
José Mourinho (Portugal) June 2004-September 19,2007
Avram Grant (Israel) September 2007-May 2008
Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazi) lJuly 2008-February 2009
Guus Hiddink(Netherlands)February 2009-May 2009
Carlo Ancelotti (Italy) June 2009-May 2011
Andre Villas-Boas(Portugal)June 2011-March 2012
Roberto Di Matteo (Italy)March 2012-November 2012, and now Torres favourite uncle Rafael Benítez (Spain)November 2012.
It must be said that Guus Hiddink was the only coach he did not sack but could've convinced him to stay if he wanted him considering he also paid his salary as Russia's head coach.
I will be surprised if league managers don't raise an eyebrow Oh! O! Wait a minute, he has never appointed an English guy to lead Chelsea before. Does that say why the English managers association haven't frowned at his excessive sackings? Or like the neutrals will ask: Is it your money?
But seriously speaking, I hope its not in Abramovich's character to Sack for fun because looking at his other companies outside football he sacks with same measure and like AVB puts it: "At Chelsea, I think another sacking is just like any other day at the office,"he said
But to be Fair to Roman,each time he changes the team coach the next manager wins something for him. Now,he has brought in Rafael Benítez,a formal Liverpool man that once vowed never to coach Chelsea as quoted in 2007 - "Chelsea is a big club but I would never take that job in respect for my former team at Liverpool no matter what",he also said Chelsea success was down to money at the time but in his latest press conference he defended that : "I don’t remember some of the comments,” said Benítez. “But I want to be honest. If I said this or that you have to analyse the context. We were playing against Chelsea, a top side, in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
“If I’m a fan, I’d like to see my manager fighting for my team, my club, and doing almost everything. So I don’t think it’s a lack of respect for the Chelsea fans. It’s more a manager defending his team".
Great Speech but we had intelligent managers in the past at Chelsea but the problem is Abramovich's knack for excellence, Rafa has been offered a six months deal in the hope that Pep Guadiola will accept to come in by the summer and hopefully give Roman the beautiful football he craves but my question is this what if Rafa beats Manchester City on Sunday and go on to win the league,will he still get the SACK? Maybe only Abramovich can answer that.
Sometimes owners like this can make a good manager look bad,hope that's not the fate that awaits Pep Guadiola as the ground is being prepared for him.
My heart goes out to all the Chelsea fan especially Mr Leigh: "44 years I've supported Chelsea - we don't want Benitez. He ruined Inter and he will ruin Chelsea. I will be supporting Steve Clarke at West Brom untill Benitez has gone."
The biggest prayer for lovers of Chelsea will be that Roman Abramovich stop firing coaches and promote stability and maybe then they'll finally grow the philosophy of beautiful football. Gracias my friends!
Chijioke ''Smiles Ezeali is a football pundit who love writing about football issues.He is a football analyst on Superscreen television and he also manage a football chat group with over 500 fans who are following the group religiously. He is a creative and an interesting person to be with.