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I decided to write this after reading countless complaint's from fans regarding our board.

I agree that our board seem clueless and think maybe it's time us fans helped guide them. My suggestion is that we write them an open letter on suggestion's of the way us fans would like to see the club move forward. Of course we all have different opinions but as a whole we do agree on some vital issue's.

I think the major issue our supporters seem to have is with our sacking of manager's. I would like to suggest that our next manager, whoever it may be, should be given a 5 year contract with a substantial severance payment if he is sacked while achieving goal's clearly set for him by the club.

I would suggest a sacking only being acceptable in the first 2 seasons if we finish outside the top 4. The following season a finish of no less than 9 points behind the champions and after that at least 1 major trophy.

I would also like to see a clause in his contract where he get's the final say on all transfers. I believe this would help us attract a top manager again, because there are clear guidelines which are very are very achievable.

My next point would be on accommodating youth into the first team and not just loaning out talented young players which have cost us a considerable sum of money. This would help us develop our own youth and not waste money on expensive flops.

The reason for this article is to see how other fan's would feel about this proposal to the Chelsea board that would hopefully help guide our club back in the right direction.


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

Date:Thursday January 31 2013
Time: 4:40PM


Feel this is a good idea. A contract stipulating targets, with top 4 not being achieved the only reason for sacking in the first 2 seasons. If sacked otherwise, as you state, a higher severance package. Don't think the points tally is fair, top 4 during a 3 year transition should be appreciated on condition that youngsters are played, but not to the same degree as poor Aston Villa! Forums should be taken into account more, noting our feelings towards future transfers and managers, taking into considerations our views at that time, ie, vast majority of fans say keep 'X' manager in charge and give him a chance... I believe there are enough forum based places that the club can genuinely and easily know what fans are feeling at any particular time.
31/01/2013 17:10:00
On another note, I would like to see a new FA rule, that states a manager can not be sacked in his first whole season, with this probably only allowed during a transfer window. In fact, I'd go even further and say he can't be sacked untill 2 years in. This will genuinely make clubs consider who they appoint more. The thought of knowing that if you get it wrong could lead to disaster, will probably more likely than not, not make rash decisions. Also, I believe it will lead to some clubs, having been relegated because of who THEY appointed, taking the responsibility for employing them, with board members taking pay cuts themselves in order to counter the financial loses due to a poor decision which THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE for, which led to a poor finish, and I suspect, managers, even though they got the team relegated, would probably be kept on as the club probably couldn't afford to get rid of them, which, who knows, may result in the club eventually gaining promotion and the possibility of the stabilty providing a stronger platform to work from and a team more in image of the manager they signed.
31/01/2013 17:18:00
doh and the tea lady shud be hung out to dry.... there's about as much hope of a future chelsea manager getting these assurances as there is of me being our next signing and i'm 55. cloud cuckooland is where these thoughts come from however well meaning they might be!
31/01/2013 17:56:00
no no no winning evry single trophy ever year is not unrealistic i do it all the time (in fifa13)
31/01/2013 18:52:00
This article is short but it is straight to the point and sensible, I agree with the simplicity of it and any manager that knows what he is doing can make it happen, given the talent we have at all levels of our club, all we need to do is look for that coach that has the cojones to make it work
31/01/2013 19:24:00
The author is well intentioned but we all know this does not have a snowballs chance in hell of seeing the light of day. Roman wont be so wont happen and considering how much he has spent on the club i cannot blame him for insisting he be able to high and fire as he sees fit..all we can hope is that he would surround himself with an adminstrative structure that has at least a clue and some true experience and chops in football club management at the highest levels. He only has to look at PSG and City who have a somewhat similar mega rich benefactor type ownership model to have some idea how this should look when done properly. As regards the FA placing restrictions on when and if clubs can fire their managers..will never happen in the BPL nor in any top league in Europe..absolutely no way..that is simply a non starter.
31/01/2013 20:29:00
I don't really fancy the daily mail but.......... I wish I could write an article about this but well........
31/01/2013 20:36:00
bring jose mourihno back
01/02/2013 05:02:00
Lovely idea. It might appeal to roman I think, but not the muppets who influence him. Here's an idea I think may be agreeable to everyone. It seems the guus hiddink has backtracked on his comments about managerial retirement. So in the summer we sign 2 managers. Guus takes the reigns for two years and then retires to our board, during this period the board is strategically cleansed. The other manager then takes over on the five year deal, with control but with hiddink as a mentor as well as an experienced head in times of crisis. I propose the second manager to be gus poyet. By that time if Brighton get into pl he's had 2 solid years of pl experience. Double gus! I believe it's all about getting the right people in charge who have been there and done it, it's high time we started the trend. Infact I'd like to see our board similar to that of bayern's board- made up of former players and hiddink.
01/02/2013 07:24:00
Something like this: Owner: Roman DOF: Guus Hiddink Life Presidents: Lord Attenborough (Alec Stewart and Lawrence Delalgio) Academy Director: not sure CPO Chairman: Steve Barkham 2 Former Players: Marcel Désailly and Dennis Wise We then call his the football board, they make the decisions with regards to players in and out, manager, contracts, scouting etc. then a business board which relegates the current crop to the business side only: Chief exec: foolay Chairman: Bucky boy Club sec: dave Barnard They get sponsorships and all corporate duties relating to the club.
01/02/2013 08:23:00
The points in that mail is vastly accurate. You dont need to be an expert to see that most of Rafa's tactical approach is trash. With that alone,i dont see the reason why he should hang around since he has never been the fans fav and his presence deeply 'divisive'.
01/02/2013 08:30:00
^^ by that i referr to Desmonds posted link. I need to write to Ron and Bruce too. We all need to.
01/02/2013 08:32:00
The primary focal point of all our collective energies should be the initiation of the removal of Rafa...he is nt here to build/win, he is here to lose and eat as much as he can in the process...his presence at the club further perpetuates the downward spiral. The new interim should be the dude whose name escapes me who won us all those youth cups last year...he would do better...
01/02/2013 09:09:00
lool @ G-F/luca..."he is here to eat as much as he can" What is this - a chinese buffet? lol...I hope the Tubbster can still fit in the door on the way out...
01/02/2013 09:59:00
Insist on getting getting a Technical Director with some football experience, ie Guus Hiddink along with Jose Mourinho as Team Manager. Then leave them alone.
01/02/2013 11:04:00
Remember to door you entered through
01/02/2013 12:07:00
@Luca - I think you may be referring to Adi Viveash
01/02/2013 16:48:00
Can we do the promotion of managers also? Maybe that is what needs to happen since they have been around for long and knows the team and the structures well
02/02/2013 09:24:00
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