Friday, 8 July 2011

Roman Abramovich’s Managerial Decisions Have Been Correct

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    Many people say Roman Abramovich doesn’t give time to his managers. I think that is nonsense.

    For starters, ’7′th manager in 8 years’ sounds much worse than it is. The 1st was Ranieri, who was given a season under Roman to bring success to the club, but he didn’t, so we let him go and went on the look for someone else. We then brought in ‘the special one’ of Jose Mourinho and the rest is, as they say, history. He brought great quantities of success to the club. This included our first premier league title ever, and first division title in 50 years. This was turned in to back to back premier league titles the next season. His out-going,arrogant personality was a breath of fresh air to the media and he almost always gave the newspapers a headline or a controversial quote. Jose engraved his name in Chelsea’s history winning 6 pieces of silverware. However, when some results went against us in Jose’s 4th season in charge, Roman, the board and Mourinho himself, decided it was the right time, for all parties concerned, to part company mutually.

    With Mourinho gone part way into the 2007/08 season, we needed to find a new manager. We looked to Avram Grant to take charge temporarily until the end of the season. Although he got us a game or 2 away from silverware domestically, and a spot-kick away from our first Champions league win, Roman and us Chelsea fans still knew that he wasn’t the right man for the full-time job.

    Roman Abramovich decided to employ Luiz Felipe Scolari for a different style of football, but still hoping for success. As a Chelsea fan, i thought this could be a good move for us, because pre-scolari we were a team that grinded out results, not a team who played in a particularly entertaining way. After a pretty solid start, things started to go downhill and it looked like ‘Big phil’ couldn’t cope with the pressure of the job. Due to this, we sacked him and looked for his successor. After a short while, we appointed Guus Hiddink as an interim manager until the end of the season, because he was manager of the Russian national team and wanted to continue with that job. Hiddink made an instant impression on us Chelsea fans and got us winning games we were previously not and got the best out of our players who were dormant early-season. Hiddink unbelievably lead us to F.A Cup glory against Everton and we lifted the trophy at Wembley. Hiddink remained loyal to the Russian national side by staying there and that meant we needed to find a new manager for the coming seasons.

    Then came Carlo Ancelotti to Stamford Bridge, who on his first season completed a sensational feat of winning ‘the double’, of the premier league and F.A cup, for the first time in Chelsea’s history. The next season sadly went much worse for Chelsea and we ended up trophy less, but most importantly not putting up any major battle in any competition. At the end of the 2010/11 season we sacked Carlo Ancelotti but thanked him for his memorable success on his debut season for us.

    We have now got our 7th manager in 8 years, but like I said at the start, it is much better than it sounds.  The new manager is Andre Villas-Boas and I personally am delighted!. The next few years for us is massively important because i believe we have got the right man for the job, and I also think we will back him to bring success to the club.

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