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Be Careful What You Wish For!

Be Careful What You Wish For!

Yesterday, scanning through the numerous comments left beneath our articles, I found the inspiration for this article.

There seems to be a growing band of Vital Chelsea members who are under the illusion that we`d be better off, as a football club, if Roman Abramovich were to sell up and we were to operate under new owners.

To me, it`s a classic case of biting off the hand that feed you and I have ot admit to feeling shocked, stunned and disillusioned that some of you can think like that. My opinion is that without Roman we`d be nothing, we`d still be hanging onto the belief that one day, just one day, we might challenge for honours.

Then another post caught my attention, a post left by the highly valued Vital Chelsea member Spanish Blue.

In his post Spanish Blue recalled the immense disappointment he felt, after the 1994 FA Cup Final, a final in which we were trounced 4-0, in the pouring rain, by Manchester United. Spanish Blue goes on to mention how, at the time, he couldn`t perceive us reaching another FA Cup Final, thoughts many other Chelsea supporters shared a the time.

You see back then, we were delighted just to reach such illustrious finals as The Full Members Cup Final, the Zenith Data Systems Final and the Cross Channel Cup Final, the latter being an event that saw us take on Le Havre in a game we were barred from attending.

Back then we never had grandiose dreams whereby every season was filled with silverware, we dreamed of a top six finish or never to dabble in relegation as had been our fate back in 1998!

Last night, up at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry City entertained Crewe in the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy Northern Area semi-final first leg. For me, Coventry were always a top-flight side, I can recall several trips to Highfield Road to see Chelsea play.

But fortune hasn`t favoured the Sky Blues in recent years. Top flight football has long gone, financial problems mean they can`t pay the rent at the Ricoh and there was talk of them moving down the road, some 40 miles, to play at Rushden. Last night was supposed to be an occasion the phoenix rose from the ashes, the chance to play in a Wembley final, much like when we hoped for an appearance, at Wembley, in the Zenith Data Systems Final or the Full Members Cup Final.

Sadly, in front of their biggest ever crowd at the Ricoh Arena, a whopping 31,504, Coventry City slipped to a 3-0 first leg defeat, the dream almost shattered - shades of Chelsea anyone?

But, and this is the focal point of the article, for Coventry you could insert many a giant of the game that has slipped from grace and there but for the grace of Roman a similar fate could have befell us.

Therefore, to all those who champion a change of ownership, I`d be very careful what you wish for!

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

Date:Wednesday February 6 2013
Time: 12:57PM


I cant believe certain folks here actually entertain this kind of tots....simply amazing...Roman might not be perfect but somthing no one can argue is the fact his actions implies he wants the very best for this football club...i honestly cannot think of another owner with similar level of committment....of course I hope he has also learnt some important lessons given recent events...but to think we are better off without him is being simply an ingrate....he deserves more than anhything else...our appreciation...thanks Romans!...and thats to the stability and long term planning that is expected to start from next season...
06/02/2013 13:16:00
Ahhh Coventry - the original sky blues!
06/02/2013 13:22:00
Thanks for this much needed article Merlin...I've said on many occasions that real fans who know from whence we came could never wish for RA to leave, your article points to all the reasons why... The naysayers point to our brand being what it is today and its marketability, hence the reason we'd be fine if Roman left and i say to them that we'd have no brand if RA hadnt invested wisely and immensely at this club. For those myopic fans who are clamouring for his departure, i'd say i'd rather have them fans stop supporting cfc than to see Roman leave...No one is without their faults, but if you invest circa £1.5Billion of your own money into a venture such as this, you have certainly put your money where your mouth is and RA has clearly shown he is a more serious fan than most of these doubters...
06/02/2013 13:23:00
We must never hope to lose Roman, we just want him to get the right men around him to run this Club & team.
06/02/2013 13:24:00
Thanks Roman, Now Get Jose back!!!
06/02/2013 13:25:00
Nice article@merlin,some of us here needs a lot of remindin..roman is not faultless but the positives of havin him around outweighs the negatives,all we ve been in the last 10yrs is because of roman..have never seen an owner more passionate about his club than abrahamovic..thank u for everything,Roman..
06/02/2013 13:28:00
I dont think anyone really wants him to leave. Specifically for the above mentioned reasons. What people want is for him to stop making daft decisions that break the flow of our development. The torres sheva type buys. The daft firings mou carlo ray rdm. The getting rid of players we still need and not replacing those that go. It would be foolish to think we would be anywhere without roman. but ciuld you imagine what we could acheive if he learnt from his mistakes and made the right decisions? I would wager a good few more trophies won and not only that but a new breed of success. Who can hate roman? Not i. But that loveable billionaire scamp sure can frustrate from time to time!
06/02/2013 13:41:00
Roman is the best thing happened at chelsea...thank you roman for bringing drogba and to let us know what a top class striker looks like....and thank you once again for bringing torres to let the whole world know how a 50 million flop striker look like...without roman no one would have know at all...
06/02/2013 13:51:00
Merlin you would probably be out of a job if we were like Coventry in the future as I would say 90% of the vital Chelsea posters on this site are only here post roman and chose Chelsea because of the money and superstar players. If we were a Coventry in the championship or even league 1 they would all jump ship faster than a jew jumping off a bus finding out hitler was driving it!
06/02/2013 13:51:00
@ clingy i dont think we're talking about people who criticise some of Roman's decisions whilst recognising his contributions to the clubs history, because we all criticise his and the boards decisions from time to time esp when things are not going well....we're talking about people who actually request that RA leaves for various reasons like "killing our club", "destroying our reputation" and stuff like some chap call @Aslaram or something....honestly beggars belief Alan Pardew said something about the cfc support recently referring to Demba Ba's move and how he must miss the NUFC support. Rafa hinted at a similar thing years ago and this is the reason we hate him so much now, even to the detriment of the club we claim to love...Perhaps its time to start looking inwards...that man in the mirror can change things more than anyone else can.!
06/02/2013 13:55:00
joker shlok loool
06/02/2013 13:57:00
I am 24 and has supported this club for 11 years but eventhough i would say i am post-Roman fan but i am a die-hard. I respect Roman and will support him all the way. It's foolish for anyone to think that we are anything without this guy.
06/02/2013 14:13:00
Spot on johnny
06/02/2013 14:46:00
Roman has made mistakes (less than we have obviously, judging by his status compared to us) and yet we have some "experts" who think he is too error-prone and they are infallible, forgetting how easy it is to judge in hindsight than foresight. I've seen numerous suggestions that have basically gotten us into this "situation" (which isn't all bad considering we 3rd on the log, still playing European Football) now the same ppl seemingly have forgotten their "advice" and are now spouting about how clueless Roman and the board are, some even going so far as to call them "amigos" etc. It's laughable really....
06/02/2013 14:49:00
Thanks for the article Merl, certainly makes a whole lotta sense
06/02/2013 14:49:00
I loved every word of this post. Anyone that claims to love this football club should slap himself twice and say his prayers if an idea as blasphemous as RA leaving CFC crosses his mind. Do you love any of DD, Lamps, JT, A.cole, Pete, Ballack, JM..........Hazard, Oscar, Mata? Then, you should love Roman even more.
06/02/2013 14:53:00
I agree with clingy on this, most fans are just venting their frustrations, there are some owners who don't come to their club stadiums to watch their clubs play, but roman is just too naïve in footballing matters IMO, you paid 1 billion pounds of your money into a club and yet it is being run like something out of a comic book or a company trying to stay afloat after suffering from a stock collapse, 1billion is enough to make any moderate organisation run smoothly, if he doesn't curb his excessess he'll pour more money to the club to no avail, 88m on players and we are still in the same bracket as other clubs who spend 20-30m in the summer
06/02/2013 14:53:00
Well said Merlin, it is said that so many of our 'fans' simply have no idea how lucky they/we are! Just as Cashley never dreamed of playing 100 times for England as a bay, I never dreamed that we'd win a title, dominate the FA Cuop for years or even ever compete in the CL, let alone win it. Yes, some of it started before Roman rocked up but he took us on to a different level all together and much as it hurts me to see Rafa trying his best to destroy us right now or the prospect of letting Frank go when he still has so much to offer us, quite frankly, Roman can do what the Hell he likes and I will always be grateful!
06/02/2013 14:57:00
I mean roman watches his club than many owners*
06/02/2013 14:59:00
Blimey, couldn't agree with you more @Mq. This really is a Brave New Vital world!
06/02/2013 14:59:00
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