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That open letter

That open letter

I will make this as short as possible. Just yesterday Rafa Benitez recorded his first BPL win for us against Sunderland. It was a big moment for him as regards his time with Chelsea and apparently shortly after the game Rafa penned an open letter to the fans of Chelsea. I have provided a URL link to it here;

Every one can take a read and see what they think. When I heard that Rafa had penned a letter I thought the man is a genius is a chance to bring the blue nation together using the "warm fuzzy " feelings that always follow a win but having read the letter I was sorely disappointed.

Those who remember when AVB was sacked remember the first comments RDM made..they were conciliatory and he gave a positive shout out to his former boss..that is wisdom and humility. Rafa's letter on the hand oozed of arrogance. Now I know he is a proud man but to pen a letter addressed to the fan base of the club and fail to even acknowledge or mention those fans who have been against his appointment is very unwise. He mentioned and singled out for his praise and acknowledgement only those fans who called him, emailed him, etc to support him. Look there is nothing wrong with thanking fans who support you but it takes a much bigger man to acknowledge those who don`t and if he thinks those fans are not out there or important he is deluded. The wise and conciliatory thing to have done at this point when the team enjoyed a win would have been to pay tribute to all the fans and to acknowledge those who may not support him presently , ask for their support and indicate that he will continue working to win the support of every last one of them..that is what a wise man whose common sense overrides his pride would have done.

Frankly I am ambivalent about Rafa. He is a gifted and experienced coach, his record speaks for itself concern regarding him had always been his man management skills and the fact that everywhere he has been in the past he has always without fail given enough time picked high profile fights with key players, owners, management staff etc and that is always what prompts his exits. It happened in Valencia, at Liverpool, at Inter. Less than a month into his tenure at Chelsea he has already picked another major fight that could have been easily diffused with just a little dose of wisdom and humility. He may have won his first game for us in the BPL but his latest step..that open letter to the fans in my opinion has not done him many favors with a big portion of the clubs fans base; and he will need all the help he can get going forward because this assignment he has taken on is a marathon and not a sprint..and he has barely started. The idea of an open letter was an excellent one but the content and tone was sadly ill advised.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday December 9 2012
Time: 7:38PM


Having read some comments of the ones who 'don't support' him, I have to say they aren't worth mentioning ;)
09/12/2012 19:50:00
Very well written by Rafa.
09/12/2012 20:16:00
Hope rafa writes more of this letters.a great read it is,the booboys can go hang themselves for all i care they arent worth mentioning
09/12/2012 20:40:00
nicely written
09/12/2012 20:59:00
Just like the comments above says, F U Boo boys! Rafa rocks! Well written letter too. Some lame jokers knows only to find fault with everything. And yea, RDM is nothing compared to Rafa as a manager, except for man management skills. It's there to be seen in the way the game is played itself, not to mention the past and the CV.
09/12/2012 21:07:00
'Content and tone was ill adviced' - LMFAO! Alright mate.
09/12/2012 21:09:00
@GabeU, but he pledged his loyalty and dedication to the club, he said "thank you to all" and gave recognition to those who went extra miles to congratulate and show him support, I think it's just natural for him to reciprocate the good gesture with special recognition... moreover, I think it will be unprofessional of him to mention that some fans are not in support of him..... and all that, it's not needed, some things are just better left alone and I believe he definitely must have gotten advice from his PA, PRO, etc... who must have tailored the letter for him...
09/12/2012 21:12:00
Usually it is the press who makes a meal out of anything related to Chelsea. But this VC community is out to make an absolute mockery about anything Rafa does. Hilarious group of people.
09/12/2012 21:17:00
could hear the only one di mateo being sung at the SOL yesterday. i'm no rafa fan but surely this sort of singing can only be regarded as counterproductive in the extreme. how silly!
09/12/2012 21:36:00
I dont see anything proud about his letter tbh
09/12/2012 21:45:00
Dont you know some fans might have insulted him through their calls and email, infact i think he will get more insult than support. But he is trying to show them he does not really care and trully wants the best for the club and owner.
09/12/2012 21:48:00
Wasn't a Rafa fan but I find absolutely nothing wrong with his letter. Is he supposed to acknowledge the boo boys??? No. He's concentrating on stating his purpose/goal which is our common goal - to compete and to win games. Good for him. Continuing to boo him is not supportive of the team...the players hear the boos and I'm sure it does affect them.
09/12/2012 21:49:00
Spot on@trueblues44 some fans need to grow up
09/12/2012 21:49:00
Honestly, i dont see what is wrong with Rafa, he has done pretty well so far, we are playing so much better tbh and are looking scary whenever we attack or counterattack, he hasn't provoked anyone and is trying to get the senior players in tune with him. He always talks about how he and Terry talk and even other players.
09/12/2012 21:53:00
He said he will improve his french so he can converse more with Hazard. He said he spoke with Lille's manager cos he beleived Hazard could do better and I love what I am seeing from Hazard these days, Moses has also been given his chance to shine and is gradually showing us what he can do. Even Paulo was given game time.
09/12/2012 21:58:00
I am not old but I have watched football to an extent that I know quality when I see It. Rafa is a quality manager and he knows exactly what he is doing, he has gotten our team to play better and is not scared to make crazy subs,we are playing more direct now and Torres is on Fire for the first time in a long time, he knows the fans dont like him and all he is asking is for us to support the team. WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT???? Do you expect him to start apologizing for what he did in the past? Lol! Just get over it.
09/12/2012 22:05:00
Squig has said it all
09/12/2012 22:07:00
I hate the 16th minute mark in matches nowadays. Too much of everything is bad. Why dont they applaud the 11th for drogba. Pathetic fans. If they cheered against citeh n fulham, we wud av won.
09/12/2012 22:48:00
Rafa will never be Chelsea and i still refuse to watch
09/12/2012 23:51:00
You guys are missing the point here..and again it appears some of you did not critically read what Rafa wrote. He spent three quarters of his letter to the fans saying what he had done and how many hours he worked and all the sacrifice he was making etc etc..this is pointless. All that is what is expected of any professional manager being well paid to do what he does. AVB never had to say how hard he was when he left it was revealed how he actually used to sleep at cobham...Guardiola never said how hard he worked for Barca was others who indicated how he worked so hard that he oft missed meals which were found days after left untouched and moldy in his office. It was only in the latter part of the letter he actually concentrated on the fans and when he did he clearly singled out those he was saying thanks to..A leader must be all is part of the job description. I for one was not advocating he apologize to anyone..he had a chance to do that during his initial news conference and did not sieze it but with this great idea he had of a letter to the fans he had another chance to extend the hand of fellowship to those who dont see eye to eye with him and he essentially said to them; you dont matter , you dont exist as far as i am concerned and i dont need to address you. I am no politician and actually i hate politics as a whole but a classic example of this recently played out in the presidential election squabble here in the states. One candidate essentially decided up front that a certain percentage and segment of the country were not even worth appealing to and said so..the other candidate though he knew there were many out there who hated his guts dared to extend the hand of fellowship to all..of course many ignored it and others essentially spat at the gesture. but guess who won when it was all said and done? I really could care less if Rafa actually meant what he wrote but as the leader of the team it behoves him to be the teams chief cheer leader and the one who rallies all the fans to help the team. He gains nothing by perpetuating a divide in the fan base. Some of you seem to think i have a personal stake in this..i i have said before i frankly cared little about what he said as a liverpool coach, i have heard it all from guys like SAF and Wenger but never take it personally and i for one cannot and will not blame him for the follies of our board and Roman but there are things he could do better as far as how he relates to the chelsea fan base..a fan base that was there before he came and will be there after he leaves. He does not need to be adversarial nor divisive. Anyway everyone can see it the way the long as he is winning and there are positive results Roman will give him time..i guess that is all that matters ..for now.
10/12/2012 01:23:00
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