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Gourlay Keeps Things Close to his Chest!

Gourlay Keeps Things Close to his Chest!

Although admitting that since being appointed interim coach, Roberto Di Matteo had turned things around and done a marvelous job, Ron Gourlay was in no mood to give any clues away as to whether Robbie will get the job on a permanent basis.

Instead Ron simply hedged his bets commenting on television last night,

"We`ll take it one game at a time and see where we are. That`s best for everyone. We`ve a number of big games before the Champions League Final."

This morning the tabloid press are insinuating that Robbie, on the back of his fine work, has elevated himself to third on the wanted list, with only Pep Guardiloa and Jochim Louew ahead of him.

But, on the back of what he has achieved, there is growing for Robbie to be given a chance at taking the club forward. Already the likes of Gianfranco Zola, Avram Grant and a host of football celebrities are demanding to know what more Robbie has to do to be given the job on a permanent basis.

But if you want to see an impassioned plea for Robbie to be given the job track down an interview with his fellow Italian, Paulo Di Canio, on YouTube, it is well worth viewing.

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Date:Thursday April 26 2012
Time: 7:00PM


Give him the job Roman.
26/04/2012 19:09:00
Wait for the summer then lets see whats up.
26/04/2012 19:38:00
and sit around assessing the squad, Groundhog Day anyone?
26/04/2012 19:42:00
Guillem Balague said on Twitter that Guardiola will leave Barca in the summer. Don't forget this guy knew the amount of money we offered to Valencia for Mata one week prior to his signature. He also said Coentrao was at RM's training ground for a medical one week before he finally put pen to paper. And he was the first one as well to dismiss that rubbish rumour that Benitez would replace AVB until the end of the season. So we have a very reliable source there. And it doesn't help. With Roman's obvious admiration for Barca's style of play I can't help but think that he'll grab the opportunity with both hands should Guardiola become available in the summer. And that would be a mistake. I don't rate the guy. Give the job to Di Matteo for feck's sake. But actually I agree with Gourlay there. To start searching a new manager midway through the most crucial period of our season would do nothing but hinder the group's concentration and atmosphere. And, on the other hand, giving the job to Di Matteo could prove to be a distraction more than anything else midway through this period of time. He's right. Let's wait until the end.
26/04/2012 19:54:00
I agree with Ron on this (can you imagine there is actually something i agree with the fella on) that this is not the time to publicly announce that RDM has been given the permanent should come at the end of the season when all is said and done and it cannot serve as a distraction but ...and it is a big but, the board and Roman should give him the job now and just instruct him to keep his lips sealed till then. They need to show that hand of faith and appreciation. When and if he wins the FA cup and the Champions league any fool would know then that he deserves the job and not to give it to him then would be sacriledge of the highest degree. If the board waits till RDM wins the trophies before finally appointing him it sends that very dangerous message out again that unless you win trophies you cannot be the Chelsea coach and that mentality will see even the best coaches get sacked the moment they have a poor season. It is a wrong mentality we need to outgrow in Chelsea. It is now news all over Spain that Guardiola is leaving Barca. If Roman now breaks the bank to bring Guardiola here and by so doing lets RDM go i just pray it does not blow up in his face because if he does that and Guardiola flops here i doubt that fans and the old establishment Chelsea folks will ever forgive Roman because he wont be able to get RDM or any other Chelsea legend from then on interested in taking any part in the Chelsea reclamation project..the level of personal insult to RDM to sack him and appoint his age mate (both men are 41yrs old ) just because of his history at Barca while discounting all RDM acheived in his short term with Chelsea while provided so little will not be lost on RDM nor on most fans who have any history with this club. For the record i think Guardiola is not as good as his record at Barca will be very interesting to see where he ends up..i sincerely hope it is not Chelsea because i think where he goes next his limitations as a coach will be rudely and painfully exposed the way AVB was once he moved from Porto.
26/04/2012 22:20:00
a full season and 15 games of largely won by "luck" are 2 different things altogether, let's be honest RDM hasn't had pressure since he took over because everyone didn't expect this much success from him when he started so to now suggest he manage us full time is worth deep thought. I have nothing against him but he has no history of successfully building a team (Pep has) and while he has done admirable with the current "experienced" squad there's no guarantee he'll do the same with a different crop (no previous experience) unless we retain pretty much a bulk of the same set up but that means our style remains rubbish (we can't defend like this against all big teams next season and win) and the fact that we have barely beat "smaller" opponents in RDM's tenure it points to a Liverpool pattern (perform against big teams and be eventually exposed by smaller teams)...If we want to be among the greats in football (we aren't really there yet honestly) we need someone experienced in knowing and buying players who are mentally and physically fit to lead a championship side (has RDM displayed this knowledge or experienced this before??)because imo he's too much of a risk for an "ambitious" club seeking a renewal ala Chelsea
26/04/2012 23:22:00
@GABEU read my response on your previous article "Memo to Roman: RDM is the Man"
26/04/2012 23:25:00
"I started a biography (sort of) titled "The Curious Case of Chelsea FC" and this summer and next season may just add interesting views...due out end 2013
26/04/2012 23:46:00
@Mq you are not being honest when you say you have nothing against do have something against wrote an article some time ago suggesting with not a shred of evidence that he undermined his boss AVB. You now suggest that all he has achieved since he took over from AVB is just luck and we play rubbish under him..i guess you are also one of those who said during the Jose years (if you were a blue then) that we played boring football then as well despite the results. Now to Pep..go read your history because it appears you either havent read it well or have not been around long enough..Pep did not build this Barca team..He did not start the tika taka philosophy of want to know who may want to go to the 70s and see the original apostle of total football who taught this system to a young Yohan Ajax in Holland. I actually saw Cruyff play as well as his orange team of the 70s..this is where total football and its modern day incarnation of tika taka was born. Cruyff brought it to Barca when he became their manager and is the father of the total football philosophy which is the bedrock principle of Barca play for decades since the time of Cruyff. This team you say Pep built was largely put together by Frank Rijkaard who had already won a Champions league and La Liga titles with the side..Pep who had played tika taka all his footballing life and taught the same in the youth squad was given a top 5 world squad and he made some tweaks..he moved out players he felt he could not control like eto and Ronaldinhio (but won his first set of trophies with essentially Rijkaards team). He then added world class players like henri from arsenal, Villa from Valencia, Fabregas from Arsenal and Sanchez from Udinese..Pep did not build a thing..he inherited a virtually finished product with the best player in the world by far and three other top 10 best players in the world in Xavi, Iniesta and Eto. Many have argued that virtually any coach with half a brain cell could win with that team. We may not be football royalty yet but to come here and belittle what RDM has achieved as a player and as our interim coach in the last few months really rubs me the wrong way. You feel Pep is Barcas messiah right..well he is leaving how much they fall of the pace (my prediction will be not by much)..they will continue to challenge for la liga and champions league titles for a few years as long as the core of this team built by Rijkaard (not pep) is still intact. On the other hand when Pep gets a new team..(and i hope he settles for a team like porto etc who dont have endless reams of money) we will see how well he can actually coach, and how well he can build a team from scratch. We have seen coaches like Wenger, SAF and Jose build teams (Jose did this in Porto and also here at Chelsea in case you are wondering). But to come here and suggest that Pep because of his record over 4-5 yrs coaching the best club team of the world is all that and the answer to all Chelseas coaching woes and RDM because he has only been privileged to coach Mk dons and West Brom is a numpty who is a risk not worth looking at is beyond ridiculous to me. We will see, maybe Roman has still not learnt his lesson after the AVB debacle and goes and pays a fortune to bring Pep here..when he flops here as a true blue in that scenario i would mourn for our club and the fact that we dont seem to learn from past mistakes but i would certainly seek you out in person and ask you whether you are fully satisfied. If on the other hand he acts wisely and either appoints RDM or someone else who actually has a body of experience spanning years in different settings and different styles of football (like the excellent coach he sacked called Carlo anceloti) i would be glad and i trust if he is patient with such a person for a change rather than being trigger happy we as a club will grow and expand as our present golden generation ride into the sunset.
26/04/2012 23:57:00
I believe we should try and wait till he gets the champions league..Then u can appoint him and instruct him to clear out the oldies (with due respect to their achievements)..Get him good young and hungry players,utilize our loanees and youth team...Atleast there wont be any loss if we offer him a 2year deal
26/04/2012 23:58:00
Nice one there gabeu..I doubt pep can survive in the premier league...Cos his style of play is alien to us..Maybe except arsenal and tottenham
27/04/2012 00:04:00
Part 1 response to GABEU... firstly you should know by now that having a differing opinion about someone doesn’t mean you dislike them or spite them, it just means you don’t think they are suitable for whatever it is you have a differing opinion on (so I have nothing against RDM, just don’t think he has the experience to Manage a top club for an entire season)...regarding my article about him undermining AVB, if you understood the article I merely questioned his role, there is not a thread there where I factually accused him of undermining AVB (again you wrong)...Regarding my belief of luck in his recent success, look no further than our performance under RDM and point out 1 match we won outright, unquestionable apart from Leceister (just plain facts mate)next you questioned if I was a blue under Jose (I started supporting Chelsea in 1998 when I got an “Autoglas” Zola T (Autoglas were our sponsors back then) and yes I was one of the fans who wanted more than score and defend victories and celebrated when Mourinho was fired (he had failed with the largest transfer budget as he’s failed now with the best attacking force in the world)
27/04/2012 00:31:00
Part 2 response to GABEU...about Pep, you’ve undermined him in all your comments and articles since we beat Barca (barely beat them after all) and I’m sorry but that has spite all over it, you are like some who were so jealous of Barca’s success that when they lost (you can’t win them all) it’s suddenly “Pep isn’t good enough” so who is GABE??...about the history, I didn’t say Pep started their current style of play (again you wrong) I said he managed these players at youth level meaning he had a large influence in their grooming (that’s a Manager’s job) and it made sense that he take over when Rijkaard was sacked (read any biography alluded to Barca’s current success not un-researched Internet crap mate) further (wrongly) allude Pep’s initial success on Rijkaard forgetting that Pep cleared out many of Rijkaard’s core team and brought on the current team (Messi, Iniesta weren’t starters under Rijkaard and Pep had Managed them at youth level so he knew and trusted them)furthermore you (wrongly again) undermine his success because of the players he bought (name 1 Manager who hasn’t been successful out of purchases?)and say “Pep didn’t build a thing” which perhaps sums up your bias and narrow-mindedness about Pep
27/04/2012 00:42:00
Part3 response to GABEU...I never undermined what RDM achieved as a player (again you are wrong) and suggested that while he has achieved relative success as interim Manager, basically 1 victory has been unquestionable without an admission on luck (realistic observation and analysis from objectivity mate, not sentimental-driven analysis as you clearly seem to possess) you further allude that I said Pep was Barca’s messiah (how many wrongs GABE??)and dare to suggest that I intimate their fall for grace (far from it mate, they have a structure to sustain them for years to come without a big name Manager)and you (correctly, finally)say they will challenge for years to come because of the team built by Rijkaard (back to the wrongs, how many of Rijkaards team is there??)you say you hope Pep get’s a new team without realms of money like Porto you will see how well he can coach (13 Cups in 3 years with largely the same squad and you still questions his ability?? I’m afraid you are 1 of the few who do)now you say we have seen coaches (did you forget to add “great” this time??)like Wenger (no cup in...LoL)SAF (no prizes for guessing who’s beaten him twice in the finals and what ManUre have “achieved” this season) and Jose (he won at Porto and failed with MILLIONS at Chelsea in the Champs League, winning the EPL twice playing rubbish football 75% of the time)further-on saying I suggested “Pep because of his record over 4-5 yrs coaching the best club team of the world is all that and the answer to all Chelseas coaching woes” is proof of how wrong this response is because I NEVER SUGGESTED PEP FOR CHELSEA, I disapproved you downplaying his achievements and lambasted (objectively) you suggesting we hire RDM because we had tried others and they had failed (is this ever a good reason to allow someone to Manage a club of Chelsea’s stature full time??)
27/04/2012 00:50:00
Part 4 response to end by saying maybe Roman hasn’t learnt from the AVB experience and I don’t want to dwell much on AVB because we all know before the Arsenal game (where we lost than Mourinho (I expect you to deny you supported AVB so I’ll definitely check the archives after this response)but as you said (correctly) let’s wait and hope Roman acts wisely because need I remind you, managing a full season and 15 games with questionable victories are 2 different things and RDM (imo) hasn’t faced the pressures of Managing a big club when things aren’t going to plan and as further credence to my belief that RDM too has no plan B, why have we barely beaten “smaller” teams and struggled much against equal opponents (Spurs FA Cup 2nd goal changed the match, fact) while winning in the Champs League largely because other teams fail to take their chances (should I explain this??)...Let’s appoint the next Manager (RDM or not) out of reason not emotion because emotion eventually runs out and easily turns on you when the going gets tough and believe me it will get tough for any Manager managing Chelsea, the question is who has the experience to handle the pressure and AVB didn’t, RDM hasn’t had any pressure because many of us didn’t expect anything but basically a top4 finish and I wonder if he really has the experience, we shall see...Reason over Emotion when making decisions is what set’s apart great clubs, Barca decided against Mourinho for Pep (13 Cups in 3 years with team he Managed from youth level, make’s sense) ManUre decided against sacking Fergie (almost 20 Premier League Cups) Madrid sacked Del Bosque after 3 Champs League and 3 La Liag’s in 6 years for un-exciting football (what happened afterwards, del Bosque won the world cup and Madrid??) the same Madrid sacked Capello (twice) after La Liga and Champs League victories (boring football they said, what have they won since??) and we hired AVB after a successful short term stint in Management (look how that turned out) so to experiment on inexperience now is tantamount to stupidity and insanity (doing the same thing again...) so it’s important to reason over emotion...
27/04/2012 01:03:00
*in part 4, meant to say ...AVB because we all know before the Arsenal game (where we lost 3-5) he was being touted as our "Messiah" all round, especially here at VC because we were playing better football than Mourinho (I expect...)
27/04/2012 01:09:00
@mq i wont both responding to your 4 part just isnt worth the trouble. I will just put a few facts here for anyone interested in comparing the issues you raised and those i raised. Independent minded people can come to their own conclusions; Fact1; we clearly disagree on the merits of RDM as a coach. You feel all he has achieved in the time he has been with us is based on luck and that Pep Guardiola is a better coach based on his 4 yr record at Barcelona. Let each person decide. Thankfully in a short while when Pep has had the chance to coach outside of Barca we will all see just how good he is. People said similar things about AVB after his magical time at Porto but we all know what happened next. Pep does have the advantage that he has actually played the game at the highest level unlike AVB but like RDM so if for that alone his chances are probably better. Fact 2; You feel Pep is a more experienced coach than RDM based on his 4 yr record at Barca though prior to this he had coached no where else other than the Barca youth squad. RDM on the other hand has coached two other senior professional teams before coming to Chelsea and took one of the them from the Championship to the premiership. Pep has no premiership experience and i refer back to AVB as an example of how success somewhere else does not translate to success in the BPL. BTW both men are the same age and have been coaching ff their playing careers for about the same total time. Fact 3; You feel Pep built his Barca squad not inherited it. Well the fact is you only need to compare the squad Rijkaard had before he left Barca and the squad Guardiola fielded in his first year. The only differences in the 25 man rosters are the following; Pique who was brought from Manu, Pinto (sub goalkeeper), Seido Kieta, Danny alves from Sevilla, Hleb, and Pedro..Every other player he had was in Rijkaards squad..the big additions from the academy that you; Pedro. Those are the facts. Conclusion; I feel that appointing RDM is far less risky for Chelsea FC than appointing feel exact opposite. Everyone can decide where they stand. For the record i have nothing against seem bent on convincing yourself i have this petty jealousy against him because he coaches Barca..if that floats your boat..go ahead. He was an excellent player..i think he is a good coach but i dont see the evidence to tell me he is among the top 10 in the business currently..i feel he has benefited greatly from being in the right place at the right time for his skill set. You disagree fine. The only thing i have ever had against Pep is that the diving culture in Barcas players coincided with his arrival. I have been watching Barca, Madrid and the Italian giants closely for years even before i became a Chelsea fan in the mid 90s..i respected them all..I have issue with the embellishment and diving that is now a defining feature of Barca since Pep took over and he has never once spoken up against it or called out any of his players on it..maybe it is the old school way i have always seen football but for me a side as talented as they are have no need to play those unsavory games and anyone who thinks Pep has no blame in this can compare Barca play under Rijkaard and under him as well as what happens to players like Mascherano once they made their Barca move. Thats all i have to say.i wont belabor this any further.
27/04/2012 03:02:00
RDM hasn't done anything spectacular in the sense that he invented anything new. He simply returned to a formula that has worked in the past and utilized some fresh legs doing so. Our clashes against Barca were simple repeats of what Guus did, the difference being we cashed-in on our opportunities instead of wasting them. I wouldn't be averse at all at giving Robbie a shot at the manager's role next season. What I would be vehemently averse to would be to seeing Gourlay and Buck running the transfers and deciding player personnel choices. I'm afraid that these latest matches will lead some to believe that significant changes are not needed at the Club, and that would be a very incorrect assessment of our situation. Malouda, Kalou, Bosingwa, Drogba all need to go as only Drogba has shown anything and he's only done so in extremely small patches. JT, Lamps and Cole need to stay, but they need to accept the fact that they are not 90 min every match players. The true test will be when RDM has to devise a strategy and tactics when the "old guard" are gone. Regardless, no need for a knee-jerk reaction at this stage other than to give Gouraly and Buck their walking papers, although that would hardly be considered knee jerk.
27/04/2012 03:54:00
@rockhead..i agree entirely with your views. I had previously advocated an overhaul of our boards structure irrespective of who we appoint as coach..i have been an advocate of an evolutionary change to our squad since Carlo won us the double. I do hope like you mentioned we dont make the worst of conclusions from the success we have had with RDMs tenure so far.
27/04/2012 04:46:00
Roberto Di Matteo for manager
27/04/2012 05:06:00
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