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Problems lie deeper than Rafa

Problems lie deeper than Rafa

I don't need to point out the obvious, we all saw Rafa`s rant.

Controversially I'd like to agree with ONE point he made. Booing and jeering Rafa isn`t going to help the team. Yes I agree and understand that we as fans pay enough money to watch them play and travel to away days, missing work and family time etc. So we can chant and sing what we want.

At first I was all for it, Robbie going was harsh but was anyone really surprised? Rafa wasn't wanted, he is the proverbial enemy of Chelsea Football Club. But when does the booing stop?

I think now some fans just think it`s cool to boo and jeer him. He gets the point, he even said he's gone at the end of the season (hopefully sooner) so get behind the players. They're are the ones on the pitch playing.

If they don't like Rafa either then play for us, the fans. So let`s say Rafa goes tomorrow? Or after 'el Sackico' against West Brom, who comes in?

I'd like the legend that is Gianfranco Zola or Gus Poyet. Good young managers and Chelsea men through and through. That's we need, that's what we needed last year, we got it through Robbie and he won us the FA Cup and The Holy Grail of club football, the European Cup. Then faces bad results he was gone. Yeah ok he wasn't meant to get the job and he was 'interim' as well. But as a reward he got an extra few months.

Roman wants us to be top all season and win all the trophies but that's not going to happen, we want to be competitive and look like a team who can challenge for every title, not a circus of a club who sacks manager after manager. A club who's chairman signs players and when it's not working he's too stubborn to realize.

A club who in Frank Lampard have one of the top three greatest midfielders in Premier League history and arguably our best player ever who could easily play for two more years and they are hesitating to give him a deal.

I mean seriously!

My point is Rafa is the tip of the iceberg, yes he needs to go, but whoever comes in is on borrowed time and will have to beat to Romans drum. If Josè comes back how long will his welcome party last before it goes sour?

I'd love him back but it won't solve our problems on the board. Put the Chelsea back in to Chelsea, give Zola or Gus a call and let them pick the team and run the club. Give them time! Have patients. Can't see it, if all else's fails give Roman a track suit and let him do it.

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Date:Friday March 1 2013
Time: 1:30PM


i woudl rather see Zola than Gus! But above all is Jose Mourinho! He is more Chelsea than any other coach i think! He just loves our club and i really think that he will come back...
01/03/2013 13:37:00
great article @theshanahan I'd love jose back too or has you say the other options of Zola or poyet the problem with those two guys yes there chelsea legends and we love them.but roman has to have a big name coach that's just how he does things. Zola and poyet are relatively just beginning their journey in management in terms of experience.if I could advise them stay where they are build up a reputation then look to get a prem job in a few years they have time on their side.
Chelsea ken
01/03/2013 13:38:00
There was more I wanted to write, I rushed it a bit. I think the key to who ever takes over needs to be time. Look at all the quality young players we have. So done needs time to bring them through. Otherwise what's the point of investing all this money in to kids we don't play. Zola. Poyet, Petrescu, Hiddink, Mourinho. Any of those I'd be happy with. But the Russion mafia boss won't give them time. Fair play to Rafa for giving Ake a game in Wednesday as well. Other than that he's a go compare man useless tactician who couldn't make a decent sub in subway.
01/03/2013 14:01:00
Russian* so they need time*. (Damn iPhone changing words)
01/03/2013 14:03:00
i'd be all for a zola or indeed a poyet(despite kissing that spuds badge) but both are relatively untried and inexperienced. in a few years, depending on how they fare in the interim (oops that word again) but wasn't RDM every bit as much a true blue and these two won't give roman the instant success that he craves so for the moment the answer is NO CHANCE. sorry guys! btw what a full debut for nathan ake. a future star for certain. will he be nurtured along properly? don't hold your breath.
01/03/2013 14:13:00
Unfortunately at @trueblue44 he'll get sent on loan next season to progress his development. I just hope not too many next season are sent on loan.this season the squads too small need more strength in numbers next year.
Chelsea ken
01/03/2013 14:16:00
Yeah I agree there is no chance. Pellegrini or conte would be good choices as well.
01/03/2013 14:17:00
Shanahan...the following is not taking issue with you. It's the people who run CFC. Rafa and bring in another legend. Poyet or Zola. Tell them they are INTERIM, leak that so everyone knows (players, fans, media). The players will be SO motivated. Let the legend go in the summer because Roman sees a 'better' option. LOL.
01/03/2013 14:25:00
I agree with ur article mate that our problems are deeper than rafa, the truth is rafa is just a minor part of our problems, if there is any one that thinks rafa is the whole source of our problems, that person needs to go take a dip in a cool pool, we need to start weighing our next targets now with the kids we have as one of the top priorities for signing our next coach, if mou says no problem he can handle it, then I'll love laudrup or him (jose) klopp or conte would be perfect too, but they won't come.
01/03/2013 14:27:00
As for me, I'ma get drunk and get laid. Don't wanna be around to witness the insults ;)
01/03/2013 14:28:00
Oh No you didn't just do that?? Did you just say Rafa isn't the "only" cause of our problems?? I feel sorry for you lad, because the "all problems = Rafa" brigade will hound you and insult you till kingdom come
01/03/2013 14:28:00
Yes, the passionate 'true' Chelsea fans will boo, hurl insults, call out Robbie's and Jose's name, venting their own feelings, giving absolutely no consideration for the feelings of the players on the pitch who need to concentrate on beating their opponents. Smart like dump truck!
01/03/2013 14:53:00
Well said @TheShanahan... you've made salient points.... and I totally agree that who ever is it that comes in next would need time to achieve anything good... Patience from the entire club will be highly needed...
01/03/2013 14:58:00
Problems are way deeper than Rafa, but you have to deal with the problems one at a time
01/03/2013 15:09:00
Roman is the problem.why beat around the bush?he says who s to sit on the board,appoints managers n sometimes directs managers to buy certain players.
01/03/2013 15:20:00
Haha! true @JojnnyOz.... but the Rafa is more of a symptom of problems.....
01/03/2013 15:35:00
Johnny, the fact is that, rafa's problem is more worrisome than the ones we have now and it is not what we can ignore for now (i.e making top 3)
01/03/2013 15:41:00
Rafa is the first part that needs dealing with. Then Emenalo,Gourlay and Buck. these are another part of the problem at the club. Then once they get the right manger in it is then his job to start moulding this squad,moving dead wood on and bringing in some new players and some of the youth we have blossoming away from stamford bridge this season. The problems will always arise while we keep sacking managers every season! Yes we have still won trophies while chopping and changing managers but so we bloody should with £200/£300 million pound squads!! christ as harry redknapp said if anyone failed with the CFC squad and budget then there not very good lol.
01/03/2013 15:43:00
Of course he is not the only problem. But he is majority of the problem for our position on the TABLE. Take the overall competence of the OWNER, MANAGER, PLAYERS AND MANAGEMENT of the top teams in Europe, our management and RAFA come LAST!!!!!! Even management is arguable with Arsenal maybe worse than us. But Rafa is dead LAST amongst his coaches...
01/03/2013 15:48:00
agreed Kaku lol
01/03/2013 16:19:00
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