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Gathering dark clouds 6;

Before I begin let me say upfront that despite what I write below we actually have much to be thankful for today; considering how we played today against Brentford we should consider ourselves blessed and fortunate to have a chance for a do-over in a few days time at Stamford Bridge; Liverpool and Spurs among others were not so lucky.


That having been said I felt compelled to write the 6th chapter to this rather dour series following two sets of recent comments I gathered on line supposedly from our interim manager Rafa Benitez. I reproduce them verbatim below for your information.

"If you go outside and it's snowing and you fall down, they say, 'Ah, he fell down'. But the reality is, it's snowing, which makes it slippery and makes you fall down.
So if you analyse all the managers [at Chelsea], how many had a pre-season here? Not me. How many managers have spent massive money here? Not me. How many managers have played in Japan in the middle of the season and have some players injured and some at the African Nations? Only me;" Rafa Benitez -Source: The Mail.

Dan Levene @BluesChronicle; "Benitez has confirmed there will be no more incoming transfers for Chelsea this January."

I will hasten to say that I have not seen any actual video nor heard any audio of these alleged statements from Rafa so this may all be the result of conjecture from the diabolical English Press who don`t exactly love Chelsea FC anyway. I frankly hope that is the case because if these two statements are actually true and actually the words of our interim manager they are ominous.

In my article a few days back on squad depth I referenced some recent comments Rafa made to the media regarding our squad depth issues and his discussions with the board on it. If these two statements above are Rafa`s follow up on that then we have one of three possible scenarios only one of which is palatable;

1. Rafa is being kept totally in the dark by Roman and the three Amigos and they want him to remain squarely in his place as coach/trainer and nothing else. Before the window closes they will get 2-3 players we need to bolster our squad depth, Rafa will be left with egg on his face and made to look like he hasn`t a clue what is going on in the club he is supposedly managing. I would feel for Rafa in this case but I wont lose any sleep..the important thing would be that the board does what is best for the team and our chances of a top 3 finish in the BPL by season`s end will be so much brighter. I could live with this (notice I said nothing about trophies..for me that boat sailed when Swansea kicked us out of the Capitol one cup).

2. Rafa has been rightly informed by the board..they have told him what will happen and come February 1 nothing will change. They will essentially be saying that they could care less about Rafa's opinion as regards squad depth and are essentially telling him; Do the job with the tools you have been given and stop complaining. If that is the case Rafa has already long begun his contingency planning because unlike RDM and Carlo who are gentlemen and good company men who wont bad mouth their bosses, Rafa is no such person. He is essentially sending coded messages through the media to indicate that he has had nothing to do with the Chelsea set up and like Jose famously called out Roman and the board after the Sheva signing, Rafa is essentially in coded language saying;

" I was given a train wreck to fix with no spare parts or tools so when the excreta hits the fan and is sprayed everywhere you know where to lay the blame..i had nothing to do with it and warned them before hand."

Whether you agree or not he is trying to insulate himself from the blame for what is coming and preparing the excuses he will offer at his next job interviews in the summer when Roman gives him his pink slip and he has to defend what may end up being a diabolical Chelsea record.

Anyone who knows Rafa's history at Valencia, Liverpool and Inter will realize that this is not new. This is the way this man operates. He never likes to accept nor shoulder any blame when results go south..most especially if the owners have not followed in toto what he has had to say.

3. Rafa may be playing a dangerous game of reverse psychology and without hearing anything from the board he may have planted this disinformation hoping that by saying this out loud to the media he can "shame" the board into action in the last few days of this transfer window. This could work with an end result similar to option 1 above in which case I have no problem or it could backfire spectacularly with the board so miffed by his temerity that they stick to their guns, refuse to sign anyone reasoning that the guy cannot be trusted to even tow the company line and then once he has one more embarrassing loss sack him immediately. Some may feel this would be wonderful but I don`t. For reasons I have articulated before I don`t feeling changing managers for the second time this season will serve us any good purpose.

The final question to ask though is why, if true would the board decide to get no more reinforcements to the squad either by recalling loanees or buying new players? There are many theories here. I will mention a few quick ones;

a)The board have already thrown in the flag for the season and don`t feel it is salvageable in any form so why waste money trying

b) the board feel that while we wont win the BPL we already have enough to comfortably retain a top 3 and at worst top 4 finish as we are now and so don`t want to spend any money at this point with an interim manager knowing that come summer a new manager will be coming and a major expensive reboot will then be needed

c) the board may actually feel what is all the ado about and actually feel that we are fine as is and can actually challenge for the BPL title itself as is so why bother?

Or most ominously

d) the loss of interest that many of our rivals from other clubs always touted would eventually happen regarding Roman has begun. Could it be that our benefactor may actually for the first time in the decade he has been with us be saying "I am not spending a dime more..this is not worth it..show me what the 80+ million I spent just this last summer has achieved before asking for one more dime!!!"
God forbid could we be seeing the beginning of the evolution of Roman from Santa Claus to Ebenezer Scrooge?

Whatever the underlying intrigue or reasoning, what transpires in the next 4 days or so I suspect will have major implications for our club not just for this season but possibly for the next few seasons as well. If we fail to secure a top 3-4 finish in the BPL at seasons end and Roman becomes more stingy with opening his check book we may suddenly be faced with the nightmare scenario that Liverpool faced after their climb to the summit at Istanbul.

I personally don`t feel at all assured that our position among the top 3 or 4 is secure with our squad as is now..it does not help to remember that with their exits today, Spurs and Liverpool now both have less congested match schedules ahead than we do and remain in the hunt along with Arsenal and Everton for those valued no 3 and 4 BPL positions.

I hope I am wrong and just being paranoid but I see dark clouds ahead for the good ship Chelsea FC. May the Good Lord have mercy on her.




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Writer: GabeU Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 27 2013

Time: 8:18PM

Your Comments

It was never realistic to think we could finish higher than 3rd this season and at the moment we are on target for that. The Swansea games were a complete fiasco but with a bit of luck in the FA Cup we could get to the semi-final without playing a top team. Unfortunately we'll need to throw in the towel in the Europa League. All that being said Rafa must not get the job full-time and if Jose is sacked by Real he should be Chelsea manager the next day.
CobhamBlue
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27/01/2013 20:38:00

CobhamBlue Yes it was realistic, under Rdm but Roman f*** it up
Lakupiippu
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27/01/2013 20:55:00

I don't see any silverware this season but its imperative to get top 4 to attract the players in summer we need.and I'm with @cobhamblue get jose back as soon has god he looked depressed on real madrids bench today
Chelsea ken
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27/01/2013 20:56:00

@GabeU....Hmm....I am afraid to say I share your sentiments and fears...very unsettlingly...but lemme add...I have been supporting chelsea before Roman came in and If he were to tire and move on...,I am stuck with the club and happily so...we wont go down without Roman...its just that we might take a way longer route if roman were to exit at this point...Although I dont think he'll be leaving just yet....I give up already on all my dreams for this season and all I ask is a top 4 finish...afterwards I hope we have learnt our lessons in the hardest way possible and we can move on....somehow...I still believe in the chelsea dream...
layorh12
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27/01/2013 20:59:00

Well said,Layorh! If my memories are correct,most cfc fans came into the season deciding to make do with just a 1st 4 finish,with the believe that we have a team in transition...and we clearly are! Anyways,i agree with most points in the article and in as much as i dont want to see Rafa beyond summer,i believe he is entitled to one more signing or two. If not for anything,but to guarantee our CL qualification. Btw,the article is so lengthy,not that am surprised about it going the length of comments from the author. You make me sometimes to wonder if you've got a device that puts them in words as you speak out the lines of thoughts. Kudos mate!
Ohans
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27/01/2013 21:45:00

I wouldn't care if roman packed up and left tomorrow! I don't support him and what he has done at CFC this season has made him look a buffoon! I've supported CFC since I was 4 I'm now 35! Yes it's nice winning all these trophies but now I and loads of other fans I speak to on match days are losing there affinity with the club. It's not the same now it's starting to feel hollow and false like the poxy plastic flags rafa so rightly pointed out years ago! If roman left some other rich magnate would just come in and buy CFC and probably make it even worse. At the moment I don't see then around in sight. This club is getting torn apart.
Dave-David
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27/01/2013 22:01:00

Dave-David , bye bye funds , bye bye wages , bye bye quality players , no more top 4 consistently and no CL footy. That's what we're potentially giving up if he leaves. Stop talking nonsense. He's made bad decisions and you lot are overreacting. We'll hopefully be under mourihno next season and all will be well.
CFCTalal
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27/01/2013 22:28:00

buck , gourlay and emenalo should all be to blame for giving benitez and di matteo a thin squad with a misfiring striker at the start of the season....we need another striker before the window ends , 4-4-2 would solve our AM rotation since we have 4 players fighting for 3 spots and it'll be 4 for 2 , 2 in each position and torres linked up with ba pretty decently...but no more signings this window....sigh. If you think roman's going to tighten his purse think again , he's spent more in previous windows and we've also had a rare trophy less season. Scolari/Hiddink(did well though).
CFCTalal
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27/01/2013 22:33:00

@ Gabu well said. I agreed with most of your points. We all want reinforcements have we ever given a thought how are we going to pay for it? The media will have field day if fail to meet FFP rules. The board might just be thinking with so many players out on loan why buy another squad player just for the next 15 league games + plus few cups games? what will happen to these players when most of the loanee are back? Just maybe the board has review the season and has adjusted their targets accordingly.
jollyheart Torres
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27/01/2013 22:34:00

@ CFCTalal a very very respond. I am sure Dave-David last 10 years as CFC fans eclipsed his previous 20 years in term of trophies all thanks to Roman. some fans are all overreacting again and we are never insatiable.
jollyheart Torres
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27/01/2013 22:40:00

Our depth issues will improve a little bit once Mikel and Moses return, and with Benayoun we conceivably have another option, though not really in a position of need. I'd really like to see De Bruyne or Josh get recalled, but I don't see that happening.
RadioactiveD
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27/01/2013 23:29:00

I think we will still make the top 3 and I feel we are getting at least one more player before the window shuts down... Will just wait and see how it all goes... As for those wishing for a new owner, I think anyone who has truly supported Chelsea in the last 30 years or more will not see our current state as disaster... We are 3rd in the league, we are still in the FA cup and Europa league...... I'm not saying we couldn't have done better or that there is no reason to worry but some of you need to just calm down.... Okay, we are not number 1 on the table, we are out of CL and COC, we lost super cup, CWC and community shield.... that is the evil RA has done? and the reason we need a new owner who would assure us at least 3 trophies every season.... some of you are pathetic and funny... I can bet no one will be asking for a new owner if we are currently number 1 on the table, had won the community shield, CWC, Super cup, and still in CL.... you feel a new owner will guarantee the success and trophies we are craving for, 3 or 4 trophies every season, 100 games unbeaten run... keep dreaming...
Latunvic
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28/01/2013 00:20:00

i dont think if roman leaves, we will be in much trouble. We have become a big club already and we have all the infrastructure in place to sustain worldclass performance with minor changes in focus rather than wholesale changes. A good management team and a long term plan are all that is required to get back to winning ways. I just want to point one small fact here, with all the talent that oscar has, was he the best choice for us or would fellaini done better with similar transfer fee. Please understand that we have the biggest wage bill in the league and we can cut that by being prudent, and utilising our academy to its fullest. We have sufficient legacy for players to be attracted to the club. A manager like klop or moyes can build a winning team with limited resources. Also with our legacy it would not be difficult at all to attract investments from buyers. I also believe there still exists a few ways to earn more income through sources like stadium naming rights, higher penetration in asian markets, etc.
Blue India
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28/01/2013 03:23:00

Another article suggesting the demise of Chelsea?? *smh
@Mq
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28/01/2013 06:49:00

Geez, for heavens sake Roman did not become a billionaire by accident and believe it or not, Ron Gourlay was already an executive before he came to Chelsea. These "amigos" are not as stupid as you think, better yet they are smarter than you'll ever be if you live your life 10 times over....
@Mq
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28/01/2013 06:51:00

Can we get better articles that allow for healthy debate without negativity? The way some of you's are negative, I feel sorry for those who rely on you's for advice.....*smh again
@Mq
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28/01/2013 06:52:00

The truth is our lack of squad depth became too obvious immediately Mikel and Moses left to repsesent Nigeria in Afcon. I dont think the situation will remain the same once they come back in few weeks time. Luiz too has been absent due to injury,if he gets fully fit,that will be another addition. And if the FA doesnt become anymore stupid by giving Hazard additional ban,then by this time next week he'll be back. I dont think we will suffer further disaster having all them 4 players back into the team. But atleast a striker (Gomis or Jovetic) and a DM, if they are not Europa cup tied will serve well.
Ohans
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28/01/2013 07:03:00

Lolz @ Mq, some people are wondering if you re an agama lizard that you re always shaking your head.
Ohans
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28/01/2013 07:07:00

Lolz @ Mq, some people are wondering if you re an agama lizard that you re always shaking your head. Some fear it will fall off.
Ohans
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28/01/2013 07:08:00

@Blue India mate No club can sway any company about the naming right of an existing stadium. That is the reason why chelsea is not able to fool any company to buy the naming rights of SB. Moving to a new stadium and calling it as samsung stadium is different. But no company in their right frame of mind will come and give 10M for a stadium naming right when 100% they know that each and every fan related to chelsea will always call the stadium SB only. Chelsea is trying for naming rights for more than 3 years now. Newcastle is also looking for more than 2 years now. Like i said only way to sell the naming rights is allowing one of the RA companies to buy that.
BlueAndWhiteArmy
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28/01/2013 07:16:00

@Ohans....looooool@agama!!!......somtimes you guys just make my day...absolutely!...i like @Mq though...
layorh12
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28/01/2013 07:26:00

@Blue and white army...and if Roman is pushed to the wall, I am sure that is exactly whats gointa happen - one of roman's companies will simply buy the naming rights...I am not very worries about FFP, we'll always find a way...but what I do want is for the club to be well run in terms of its overall finances...thats so important for the future...Roman wont live forever.
layorh12
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28/01/2013 07:29:00

Get Butland and fast. We need a second goalkeeper as the current are no more than 3rd level. Move Emenalo, Benitez, Benayon, Ferreira, Hilario, Turnbull, Marin. Get a decent striker and a proper deep midfield player. De Byrne is at least twice as good as Marin.
1970Blue
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28/01/2013 08:04:00

I've said it times without number and I stated a similar case on the forums some time back. Its not just about signing a new player or a bunch of them,its not about changing managers,every 6 months or so... as I feel the structure is not set up for longetivity. Regardless of who the manager is,be it Mourinho or anyone else,the working conditions just isn't right for anyone that takes the Managerial sit. The board/owner need to have a change in philosophy and ideology. If the head isn't thinking or functioning right (where the brain is located) ,then other parts of the body can't function properly. We have been making knee jerk decision for a couple of years now,it usually pays off for a while but not always. Am I saying we have clueless bunch at our board? No. But I believe we can do better,we can make better decision 80-90% of the time instead of our 50-50 decisions. Rafa was a bad decision and a knee jerk reaction,like many other knee jerk reactions in the past,its a 50-50 decision...it either pays off or it doesn't. If the transition was done in a better and well organized fashion wwe could be in transition and still be competitive. Lots of clubs have transited while still competitive in tournaments and winning trophies if its done properly and in a more organized fashion. I've seen worse times as a Chelsea fan,but I've never witnessed a time like this where fans are so distant from the club. Most fans are starting to doubt their sense of belonging...Yes its wrong but that's basically where we find our selves now. For now we just have to ride the wave,and hope for the best...God help us we make top 3. The real transition should begin in the summer,our main priority is not the players,shouldn't be the manager either,or back room staff...the priority for transition should start from the board. Employ football brains rather than lawyers,a DOF who knows what it takes to run a club.
nelyvanile
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28/01/2013 08:40:00

lol @ Ohans. the Agama comment was very apt. we don't get to see Mq again on the site since is vaunted Rafa is showing his true colors. with regards to depth, i think we can make do with a fit Benayoun ( if he is ever fit) and even malouda ( afterall he is still our player) until Moses and Mikel returns. However, i would like us to go for Diame of Westham. The reason been that he is going for 3.5m with i believe the club can get with even the fines on players and he is a wonderful player and can help us in the middle of the pack and for that fee will be extremely good for us.
Dwonder
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28/01/2013 08:44:00

We are in transition. We do accept that, but the transaction appears to be poorly planned and carried out. There are clear holes in the squad and we have too many players who don't have a chance of playing and are only a cost burden for the club. It is stated by may of you that the board is responsible and it is responsible for strategical planning like transition. Emenalo is the main man is this planning an I'm not at all convinced about signing Benitez or Marin for the club.
1970Blue
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28/01/2013 08:59:00

Good analysis Gabeu.. I completely agree with cobhamblue on this one, and with mq to a very large degree...there are so many possibilities but i think we wont know till Thursday midnight on the one hand re transfer activity and on the other hand where we finish in the rankings come the end of the season...it is worth remembering that Liverpool and Spuds were knocked by two lesser sides over the weekend, and we're still in the hat so it could have been worse...things are not rosy at the moment because we started the season in the mix for 7 trophies and as things stand that number is down to 2 realistically (Europa and FA cup), but from where i'm standing, the only thing to do is be strong...CFC will turn the corner very soon if not this season as we only need a few tweaks and some experience for this new group in how to win trophies (one win will do)...Keep the Faith
JohnnyOz
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28/01/2013 09:03:00

and for those asking for/suggesting a change of ownership...i have four words for you - grow a brain damnit
JohnnyOz
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28/01/2013 09:06:00

I hate to draw up some bitter past,but i cant help but feel it was actually the lack of squad depth and over reliance on some few players which made RDM to be without plan B and consequently costs him the job. It was really unthoughtful and even stupid of him to embark on the season with such a thin squad. What exactly was he thinking loaning out or allowing the loaning out and sale of Essien,KDB and Mereiles?? That is where his problem started cause he ended up playing only Mata,Hazard and Oscar. He didnt even consider Moses much and was responsible for Studge leaving. I'd like to believe he was unfairly relieved of his job,bought to more i think of it,the more i see him as the architect of his misfortune which brought this disaster called Rafa to us.
Ohans
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28/01/2013 10:28:00

dark clouds started gathering since the day we signed torres and now its forming into storm the day we signed rafa the gafa...
shlok27
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28/01/2013 10:34:00

cant disagree with that analysis Ohans...spot on imo
JohnnyOz
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28/01/2013 10:36:00

@Ohans. I would think you feel Robbie was responsible for our transfer decision? Far from it...those were club decisions. Robbie pleaded with Lukaku to stay,the lad said it was time to think more of himself now. Robbie made a host of other suggested signings(including moses) turns out only Moses was signed. Robbie wasn't a long term plan and didn't have much say on transfer dealings. Oscar,Hazard,Marin...where all club signings. Funny you also feel he let Sturridge go as well. lol
nelyvanile
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28/01/2013 11:09:00

@shlok....'rafa the gafa'...lmao...here you come again..freaking hilarious!...good stuff...
layorh12
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28/01/2013 11:13:00

@Nellyvanile, I still give RDM so of the blame. It was his job to let the board know how many players he want for the season. Did we ever hear him say anything? The board on the other hand have a job to do as well in reducing the wages. AVB, RAFA, Mou all went public about the squad. Why did he accept the job then if he was not given the numbers of players to do his job to his best of his abilities? I am not talking about the talents I know he can't do a damn thing about that.
jollyheart Torres
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28/01/2013 12:24:00

@jollyheart Torres, RDM requested for Radamel Falcao and they said he should use Torres. That was reported everywhere in the papers the day after he was sacked..............Mou, Rafa and AVB ALL like to talk. RDM was never like that.....
KAKUfrank
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28/01/2013 12:37:00

Rumours Gathering pace today re ISCO "the People’s Tom Hopkinson is convinced Chelsea have snared Málaga’s creative midfielder Isco. “I’m going to give this a whopping 10 out of 10 because this is a story I wrote something about last weekend,” he reveals. “It’s nailed on that Chelsea are in for him, and they’d like to get the deal done this month but Málaga are very keen to keep hold of him until the summer. The only stumbling block there might be is that Manchester City could come in and blow Chelsea out of the water, but from what I know the deal will happen.”
JohnnyOz
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28/01/2013 13:19:00

@Johnny..I hope I hope....hopefully we tie that and one more...lol...managing my expectations though...lets wait and see....
layorh12
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28/01/2013 13:24:00

Everton has agreed a deal with FC Twente for the transfer of Dutch international Leroy Fer (8M).....maybe we could finally be nearing Fellani...just maybe!!
layorh12
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28/01/2013 13:29:00

leroy Fer is a fine midfielder...good buy by Moyes...again!
layorh12
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28/01/2013 13:30:00

@Nely, the way you say it actually make RDM seem a muppet. How can you justify a coach allowing so many club activities which not only in his displeasure,but also is to his own peril. If he had actually let all these things ,as mentioned by you, happen,then he deserved what he got. And i should think you re alone in thinking he is not to be blamed for Sturridge's lack of game time and eventual exit. You might say it stemmed from studge's contract situation,and you may as well be wrong. AvB left and Sturridge went into oblivion and it continued this season portraying RDM's lack of plans for the lad. I like him,but i reckon he did somethings wrong which underlines his misfortune.
Ohans
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28/01/2013 13:43:00

@Jolly. Robbie had to make due with what he was offered. Club made signings they felt were needed and Robbie had less or no say at all on what he needed. Like kaku pointed out,it was widely reported that Robbie wanted Falcao but was told to make due with Torres. AVB,Mou and Rafa are very outspoken,but not robbie. You can tell from his press briefer,very calm and composed and responds to every question with a smile,you expect him to bad mouth the same club he loves,and cherishes. He can't walk away from Chelsea regardless of the board decisions,as a fan of the club i won't either. You can blame Robbie for some tactical ineptness shown in some games,but definitely not for the squad depth. The plan by the board was to reduce wage bill by letting go of certain players,Essien was being placed on sale,before Mou placed a call for a loan deal.
nelyvanile
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28/01/2013 13:43:00

Well its pretty obvious to the booard that there is no point trying to fight for the League as its long gone. 3rd place is just as fine as 2nd or 4th place. So the expectations set are to remain in the top 4 under any circumstance. Its a known fact that January ain't the month for bargains. The players who the board have shortlisted aren't actually available. So its best the wait till the end of the season.
shaf86
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28/01/2013 13:57:00

@Ohans. As far as I know,Sturridge wanted to leave Chelsea in the summer,as he knew he would play back up to Torres. He tried to push for a move,and on deadline day Chelsea and Liverpool could only agree on a loan move which didn't fly well with Sturridge who wanted a permanent move. Yes maybe if he had gotten more game time he could have stayed but it looked imminent he would be leaving in the january transfer window since we couldn't strike a deal with the scousers in the summer. The club already had intentions of letting him go since the start of the season.
nelyvanile
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28/01/2013 14:09:00

Hahaha! com'on... the way some of you guys paint the management would make one think are they actually against and not for Chelsea.... Like, RDM says he needs players and need a striker, he needs Falcao and the board will just say... no, we wont approve it because we want Chelsea to fail, haha!... and like someone pointed out, the honourable thing for a coach to do in such situation is to resign before you begin to fail and they still eventually sack you... My believe is that those decisions are made with the coach's consent... If not then I blame RDM for not accepting to go on with a squad he knows is not strong enough....
Latunvic
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28/01/2013 14:25:00

Guy Mourinho...I honestly do not think our coaches have got so much on player transfers (except maybe AVB)...ts terrible really but i have reasons to believe that is wat has been happening...The board and owners decided who to buy and notifys the coach who gives his opinion...quite the opposite of what happens in other teams...Manure, Arsenal e.tc....I am with @nely on that one...most coaches here only work with what they are given...I dont think it waa robbie that sactioned the loan and sale of Essien and Meireles respectively...that cant be...we've got a lot of work to do with regards to how the club is being run..period.
layorh12
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28/01/2013 14:47:00

Even more laughable because the board says No doesn't mean its for the club to fail...the reasons behind saying NO could be FFP. Or reducing the wage bill and avoiding paying heavy jeez. So how many managers would leave because of signing they would rather get sacked and collect the extra pay that comes with it. So because the squad is not strong enough then the manager quits...Yeah right,name a few managers that have done that.
nelyvanile
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28/01/2013 14:49:00

@ Nelly, I am arguing about the talents in the team. I am particularly interested in the squad as a whole qua numbers and depth. everybody knew we were interested in Facao even before RDM took over the job. Remember everyone on the management team have different job spec and working towards given targets for their roles. So if any coach need a player there always few things the board go through. 1, Do were really need the player? is the player affordable? why not a different cheaper alternatives? Then it's the manager duties to be able to argue why he need the players in the team. That is 1 area RDM would learn from. Having abig squad is very important. Man UTD have only 5 players that have played more than 20 games, Man City 7/8 players while we have 10 that just confirmed
jollyheart Torres
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28/01/2013 15:19:00

Letting Raul Merieles go was the biggest mistake pre-season we made, i was even shocked that morning upon hearing the news, it seemed at that time to me, that the deal was done in secret. He was a fighter, all the time he played for Chelsea i was confident in our midfield, he was sold just when he seemed to strike an understanding with Mikel in the pivot role, he was a goal scorer, a ball winner and he could play the DM and CM positions comfortably. Now tell me, what was the sense in letting him go without getting a proper replacement? We let our season go when we let Raul go without replacing him.
Tugay08
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28/01/2013 15:40:00

oops typo**** I am not arguing about the talents in the team*****
jollyheart Torres
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28/01/2013 15:50:00

@Nely,who re u trying to feed us with this loads of crap?. That studge wanted to go in the summer ,doesnt that suggest he ended the season on a bad note?? If he had enjoyed his game under RDM as much as he did under AvB,do you seriously think he would have been sad enough to want to leave? Cut us some slacks man,RDM is responsible for his departure. And i dont think i have much to say again as regards his omission and commission to the boards decision. If a coach can so ignorant of his right and cant express himself when he needs to,or even dont know when he needs to,he isnt fit to manage a top team.
Ohans
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28/01/2013 17:04:00

Now you're getting the point @nelyvanile...... if you truly understand that the board are not just saying no for no clear reason and they have good reasons some of which you pointed out... then don't you think there is no need complaining about them every time... and the way some of you paint them like they just do things for no understandable reasons is therefore flawed... And as for the managers, I know they won't quit because they will prefer to be sacked and get the extra pay.... but it doesn't make them good, doing the job just for money sake doesn't portray them to be responsible or more innocent than the management.....
Latunvic
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28/01/2013 17:32:00

@Ohans. I loaded my bin with rubbish last night,so i have nothing left to feed u with ei! It was widely reported by top journos and the scousers and rodgers confirmed they pushed for a deal and couldn't get Sturridge on loan. Prior to the summer we had Drogba and Torres as our strikers and Sturridge wanted to play through the middle. So you expected Robbie to play Sturridge ahead of Didier or a £50mil striker? Yeah right! He could have had a chance to play through the middle if not for the timing of his injuries. He was definitely going to play back up to Torres and we all knew that so I'm not sure where you get the rubbish from my comments earlier.
nelyvanile
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28/01/2013 17:54:00

rubbish- "crap".
nelyvanile
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28/01/2013 17:57:00

@Latunvic. The point was to clarify that squad depth wasn't Robbie's fault and the Club is in charge of signings. The only thing coaches do is suggest. Its a different culture from what you have at Manchester United or Arsenal who have Managers rather than coaches. No one is saying the Board are filled with dumb heads nah,they are very smart men but football wise they are dumb heads...Lol. When you have an attorney/Lawyer in Bruce buck making footballing decision you tend to wonder,especially when they make shady decision. They understand what it takes to run a business from a financial stand point and are trying to do that with FFP but i doubt they know what it takes to run a football club. We can obviously do better than what we have at the helm of affairs and that has been my case. As for the Managerial sacking Roberto was obviously the easiest to sack as he was on a pretty low wage bill and would cost Abra the lowest fee...JOSÉ MOURINHO £20M,AVRAM GRANT £3M,LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI £12.6M,CARLO ANCELOTTI £6M,ANDRÉ VILLAS-BOAS £13.3M ROBERTO DI MATTEO £2.5M.
nelyvanile
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28/01/2013 18:18:00

@Latunvic. The point was to clarify that squad depth wasn't Robbie's fault and the Club is in charge of signings. The only thing coaches do is suggest. Its a different culture from what you have at Manchester United or Arsenal who have Managers rather than coaches. No one is saying the Board are filled with dumb heads nah,they are very smart men but football wise they are dumb heads...Lol. When you have an attorney/Lawyer in Bruce buck making footballing decision you tend to wonder,especially when they make shady decision. They understand what it takes to run a business from a financial stand point and are trying to do that with FFP but i doubt they know what it takes to run a football club. We can obviously do better than what we have at the helm of affairs and that has been my case. As for the Managerial sacking Roberto was obviously the easiest to sack as he was on a pretty low wage bill and would cost Abra the lowest fee...JOSÉ MOURINHO £20M,AVRAM GRANT £3M,LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI £12.6M,CARLO ANCELOTTI £6M,ANDRÉ VILLAS-BOAS £13.3M ROBERTO DI MATTEO £2.5M.
nelyvanile
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28/01/2013 18:21:00

If I am to make an educated guess...I think we'll sign Fellani just before the window closes...I hope I am right.
layorh12
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28/01/2013 19:39:00

Considering how young the team is. I think they are doing better then expected. If they make top 4 one can only expect them to fight for higher position in the following years.
foreign_viewer
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28/01/2013 21:24:00

Although i didnt made up my mind about sacking RAFA. But the fans who are arguing tirelessly about how GREAT RAFA is should go and READ this article fully.. This guy is clueless.. http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/01/29/a-closer-look-at-the-reign-of-rafa-benitez-at-chelsea/
BlueAndWhiteArmy
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29/01/2013 08:40:00

i think it is naive to say that our permanent manager in RDM was appointed and he had no say in any players purchased or the squad he decided to start the season with. I am aprobably a bigger RDM fan than a lot of you, but absolving him of all responsibilty and putting the blame all on the board is a little naive and lacks objectivity imo. How can anyone factually arrive at that conclusion? I refuse to believe that any manager in the EPL is that stupid. If you're not happy with the squad given to you, you say so or at least express it somehow, because your performance as a manager is judged by the results that you get. If RDM wasnt pleased with the squad at his disposal, then he should have dealt with it like experienced managers do all the time. IMO he (RDM) not the board decided to let Essien, Meireles, KDB go. He (not the board) also relegated Studges to the reserves and ended up in him ultimately leaving for the fools. Unfortunately with hindsight we all know what the right choices are and what should have been done, because it is hindsight after all, if we had to make these decisions in real time, a lot of us would make decisions that would be subsequently found out for one reason or another. Anyway, i do not believe in blame throwing or trying to point a finger on who did what and cocked up, so we can keep blaming them from our all-knowing omni-scient pedestal, i'd rather we supported the team and accept that everyone makes mistakes, including the board, RDM, AVB, even you & I. Having said this, it is fairly common in Italy & Spain to have structures where the coach comes in and just coaches the team and has no particular input into player transfers. Nothing wrong with it, it has worked at Real Madrid for years. So if we chose to go that way, i'd have no issues with it. I think Ray Wilkins confirmed on National TV the other day that Roman has no input in player purchases and that Torres and Luiz were brought in at the request of Carlo Ancelotti. How come that isnt a reference point here? or do people just want to blame, blame, blame?
JohnnyOz
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29/01/2013 09:32:00

Sky sport reporting that Everton and Fulham are battling to sign Belgian international Igor De Camargo, Sky Sports can confirm. Talking exclusively to Sky Sports, the Borussia Monchengladbach general manager Max Eberl confirmed talks are ongoing with Premier League clubs.....Eveton just released their annual results where they made huge losses and were not supposed to have funds for purchases until they sold players...now they have signed a midfielder and also in talks for another striker....where is the money coming from?....I seriously think we'll sign fellani before the window closes....I am somewhat convinced.!!!!.....
layorh12
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29/01/2013 09:50:00

Supersport now reporting chelsea have made an approach to #bcfc for Jack Butland. But player and his advisors want a move where he would get 1st team football...seems we are after him afterall..
layorh12
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29/01/2013 11:01:00

I hope Fellaini comes but i doubt it...things have been really quiet since the Demba Ba acquisition which is a shame given our predicament but oh well...two days to go!
JohnnyOz
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29/01/2013 11:15:00

@ Johnny spot on ***** "i do not believe in blame throwing or trying to point a finger on who did what and cocked up, so we can keep blaming them from our all-knowing omni-scient pedestal, i'd rather we supported the team and accept that everyone makes mistakes, including the board, RDM, AVB, even you & I." We just need to support the team to pull through this difficult period.
jollyheart Torres
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29/01/2013 12:03:00

It took forever to give Robbie a contract,Abra never really rated the RDM,so how does he give him a free hand with transfers. Neil Ashton albeit controversial has been spot on with Chelsea related issues,he predicted the squad to face juve(Torres dropped for Hazard),and also made it clear Robbie will be sacked,which happened. He predicted the appointment of Rafa,and that happened as well. He also made it clear Robbie approached Abra with a list of players he wanted to sign,Falcao topping the list of signing,Abra turned him down. So how does the man have a say on who comes in and who goes out of the team? I Love this Club,its my life,its part of my family as I put a budget aside to raise money for tickets till I can afford a season ticket,and it pains me to see the way its being run,it pains me to see our decision makers ridicule us time after time. Either in the stand or my comfort of my sofa at home i cheer my team on,but I also show displeasure when certain decisions are made. I can decide to be nonchalant about decisions made,as i have tried to a few times this season since the appointment of Rafa,and the disrespect shown to fans by the board. But its hard to as my passion for this club always shines through. Agreed that we all make mistakes,heck my missus urged me to get a cat,and I obliged(stupid decision) now I can't stand the furs,bloody mistake...Lol. I have said it times without number,this club can run better than its being run right now. KTBFFH. Up the Chels!
nelyvanile
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29/01/2013 16:03:00

Stupid typing* hope you can make sense of what I typed. Lol
nelyvanile
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29/01/2013 16:09:00

@Johnny...I do not believe Carlo wanted to buy Torres...I do not believe it...but if he did the board was stupid to comply as clearly he was finished...and Drogba at every stage of his career was better than Torres...so was Anelka...as both have the golden boot something that Torres never got for the PL...further more if as you say Carlo had such a say...and if you read his book...you'd know that Wilkins never would have been fired...furthermore he categorically stated that it was dumb to release Ballack and Belletti and Deco as that is what left us so thin in the MF...also Carlo was actively pushing for the acquisition of a then 32 yr old Pirlo in 2009/2010...so if he had such a say, why is Pirlo not here???? Let us not pin upon such a gentleman the fallings and failings of our dumb board. Then to RDM...you really believe that if it was up to him Torres and Sturridge would be our only Strikers???? If you do you pin upon our hero a level of stupidity such as has never been conceived of or written about even in the deepest expression of stupidity in all of literature...
Gian-Franco/Luca
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30/01/2013 07:28:00

lol @ Gian-Franco
JohnnyOz
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30/01/2013 09:50:00

got a bit lost in there somewhere, but this is why i struggle sometimes...all this our hero, my hero this that and the other. RDM is no more of a hero to you than he is to me, but that has no place in objective debates. He was the manager and has to take most of the flak when the team doesnt perform...simples. regards Ancelotti, its not about what you believe really, or it shouldnt be. The facts matter more to me than ideals...and Ray Wilkins (a cfc no 2 manager at the time) said this on national TV. I prefer to go with that (i.e. statement of facts) than speculation or beliefs re what actually happened.
JohnnyOz
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