Decisions. We all make them on a minute to minute basis, whether it be what to drink or what to do that day. Football is no different. Players can be accused of making bad decisions – Theo Walcott is a prime example of this, managers too – Wenger subbing the Ox springs to mind, and owners make the biggest decisions of all – who to hire and who to fire.
Much like the decision of the British public to elect the peanut butter KitKat chunky as their winner of choice, I felt the same amount of despair and dismay at the decision of Abramovich to fire AVB. Not because I was an AVB fan; in fact as past articles will show, that is far from the case, no simply because this meant yet another manager bit the dust with Chelsea who seem to go through them at the rate Towie cast members go through fake tan.
Now that the dust has settled somewhat on the events at the Circus – sorry Stamford Bridge, certain things have transpired, well that is if they were not clear enough already. AVB was ill equipped to handle the mammoth task at a club, which despite the owner saying he was willing to give time, the case still remains anything but.
Not only that, but player power is at arguably a greater and more unacceptable height than ever before, with the kissing of the badge and proclamations of love for the club from certain players – yes Frank I am talking about you – seeming hollow and somewhat meaningless given the so called ‘old guard’ made it perfectly clear that they would rather see Chelsea finish outside of the top four than keep AVB in a job and help him do well.
Yes you may not like the manager or his philosophy, but at the end of the day players owe something to the club and the fans that idolise them, and when you are putting more effort in to destabilise the dressing room and let the press know exactly what you think instead of giving it your all on the field, there is a serious problem.
I, more than anyone, would be the first to say that the way AVB went about certain things was totally wrong, such as the treatment of Alex and Anelka and the dropping of certain players, but that is no reason for the players to behave in the way they did towards the end of his tenure.
Media outlets have reported that it was with a heavy heart that Abramovich finally wield the axe on the young Portuguese manager’s head, and is fully aware of the players’ involvement in forcing his hand, and if this is the case, Abramovich needs to take this issue in hand right now and put an end to the most powerful dressing room in football, otherwise Chelsea could well find themselves being the club no one wants to manage in the summer – a job described as ‘hell’ by yet another failed manager or the blues, Scolari.
Mourinho and Guardiola have both been linked with the job, and despite some very expected flirting on the part of the Special One, both are set to sign extended contracts at their current clubs, and who can blame them? Chelsea fans have made it perfectly clear that Benitez or indeed the ‘Spanish Waiter’ is not wanted at the Bridge, yet they may find themselves short of any willing candidates come June.
Should the club fail to get into the top four and face the ramifications from that it will become even more of an unattractive proposition to any manager. The decision to take the Chelsea job seems to be turning into somewhat of a career suicide mission these days, and it seems clear that the Old Guard felt that they could do a better job than AVB at managing the club, and the way Chelsea are going that may well be one of the only options left to the Russian owner in the summer – either that or finally have a go himself!