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!