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Rafa - One Last Chance!

Rafa - One Last Chance!

Another poor result has heaped more pressure on our under-fire interim manager, Rafa Benitez.

On the back of several poor results, since Christmas, it is being inferred, by the tabloid press, that the forthcoming game with Wigan Athletic, this Saturday, could be win or bust for the Spaniard,

The tabloid press have picked up on the fact that Roman Abramovich is not happy at our post-Christmas downward spiral and if the run of form, in any way, threatens our chances of cementing a top-four place, and subsequent Champions League qualification, then Benitez will be summoned and dismissed.

Quite who, if the inference is correct, would assume managerial control, remains the great unanswered question!

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

Date:Monday February 4 2013
Time: 7:46AM

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04/02/2013 07:58:00
Its already late in my opinion. We should have sacked him after the toon result. With all arguments about replacements and all i dont buy it at all. Just sack him atleast to get the fans and players around. His SACKING will atleast give a boost that is required and unite the club.
04/02/2013 08:03:00
I agree. We have seen enough chances wasted. A very poor manager would have done better only by motivating the team in a proper way. Rafa is no manager of our level ant that is why he has been unemployed for a long while. We're lucky still to be third. Had a couple of our chasers been little better we'd be fifth and with this kind of results that will be the highest we will get. The picture is complete when we look at the teams that have taken points of us: mostly very poor, giving their all, playing their tactics stringently. We have a poor lower midfield where we field players more suitable to play higher up. That is why tactically we lose possession and don't regain it again. At times there is simply too much space in front of our defenders for the opponent to use. I'd clear Emenalo (responsible of the appointment of Rafa) at the same time. Bring in Hiddink and Mourinho.
04/02/2013 08:12:00
U sent a man to a gun-war,arm him with a kitchen knife and expect him to be successful...
04/02/2013 08:21:00
@ken4...but the probem is with that kitchen knife he is killing our men only...
04/02/2013 08:27:00
No shlok,the problem is the kitchen knife is blunt and cant even pierce a fruit not to talk of human
04/02/2013 08:39:00
we sack him the hire who?? RDM is not coming back....maybe Hiddink as a temp solution but knowing how 'pragmatic' his football is, I doubt we'll see the true ability of Oscar, Hazard & Mata.
04/02/2013 08:44:00
Our "problem" is that we concede too many late goals, which points to fatigue mentally and physically. We've all seen how good we are till after the 75th minute, and with our shortage of "depth" i.e. Ba cannot play 2 games/week 90minutes because of his knees, we always struggle to see the game out. 2 goal leads are normally enough to kill a game off, but with us it's seemingly failing.
04/02/2013 08:47:00
lol another imminent manager arrival at the sewerage farm...
04/02/2013 08:47:00
Solution: Get a 2 goal lead by the 60th minute then immediately start counter attacking. Easier said than done I guess, but clearly what we doing now isn't working so we need to innovate
04/02/2013 08:48:00
R.A made a big mistake firing RDM. While RDM was not a perfect he had passion and vision for Chelsea. R.A made another big mistake perhaps his biggest in mistake of his career hiring RB.
04/02/2013 09:17:00
Get a 2 goal lead and replace Lampard with a player who can possess and repossess the ball.The problem is who is capable of that?
04/02/2013 09:20:00
First, we have no Essien type enforcer in midfield, just a couple of boys not suited to PL. Second, the players are not fit enough to last 90 minutes as we can see by the number of late goals given away, that is due to a poor pre-season. Third neither of those two isseus can be resolved by yet another sacking, Ken4cfc is quite right, like him or not Rafa was handed a blunt knife so there is not much he or anyone else can do at this stage of the season. Thursday nights next season, if indeed we can make 5th.
04/02/2013 09:42:00
I love the blunt knife analogy...but RdM had the blunt knife and when he left we were within striking distance with that blunt knife...Rafa used the knife to butter his bread and gave up on the war...even with the addition of Ba...the man has done worse than one can say Rafa is an upgrade on RdM...Rafa was unemployed for years for a reason...we are finding that reason with each passing game...make the youth coach interim....and see results improve...
04/02/2013 10:22:00
ppl should stop this nonsense that RDM couldn't have done worse than Rafa because by the time RDM left we had been "found out". We were embarrassed in the Champs League and luckily he left earlier before we saw him lose even worse
04/02/2013 10:37:00
Lest you forget, RDM hadn't managed us playing 2 games every week. The only time he did so (end last season) we dropped to 6th place
04/02/2013 10:38:00
Rdm had the opportunity to sharpen the blunt knife,he did that partially and when the knife went blunt again he was bursted,rafa inherited the blunt knife and has not been given the chance to sharpen it..@gian,rafa wanted negredo,we gave him ba
04/02/2013 10:44:00
@mq,tell them..they forgot we were already in a downward spiral when rdm left
04/02/2013 10:46:00
If RDM couldn't have done worse than Rafa (currently) and your example for such reasoning is that RDM left us 4 points behind Man$hitty and now we 7, can we say AVB was better than both?? He left us in 3rd place, still in the FA Cup and Champs League....
04/02/2013 10:56:00
I am not a master of blame game or fingers pointing. It' easy to point the finger at any person but I think the problem is not just RAFA, the players should take responsibilities as well. My sources just informed me that the decision has been made to sack RAFA. Spurs winning yesterday made the decision a must. I wish RAFA good luck in his future job.
jollyheart Torres
04/02/2013 11:07:00
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