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Is a Change in the Wind?

Following his midweek outburst, after the FA Cup fixture at Middlesbrough, it is being reported that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are far from happy with Rafa Benitez.

In fact, this morning, the tabloid press are adamant that his 'interim` reign could be coming to an end with Chelsea set to sound out the Russian Federation with regards to borrowing the former England boss Fabio Capello for the remainder of the season.

Previously, Chelsea borrowed Guus Hiddink in a similar manner and it is believed that such a move, with Roman`s intervention, could succeed with Russia having only two internationals between now and the end of the season, both of which match those weekends the Premier League is closed down for international football.

Would the 'interim` appointment of Fabio Capello go down well with the Chelsea faithful or should we stick with Rafa until May?

The floor is all yours.

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Date:Sunday March 3 2013
Time: 11:06AM


the situation is pretty complex...Rafa has not convinced me that we'll make top 4 with him at the helms...yesterday's was good...we had clear chances which we dint convert and I tot Foster was fantastic...but the nervy end that has come to characterize our play since tubby has been in charge causing us to drop vital points against small teams still persists...we have cech to thank yesterday cos the result could have been different...and tubby subs were all wrongly timed and does make me question tubby's overall philosophy and understanding of this team...clearly I dont think our dropping points is only as a result of fatigue and loss of concetration by players alone, it has a lot more to do with tubby's selections, how tubby sets up the team and the timing and quality of the substitutions he makes...if cech had not made that reflex save yesterday, we would have said the players should take a look at themselves as they are professionals and cant hold on to a one goal lead against brom..forgetting that prior to that time..the timing of tubby substitutions as well as personnel changes were mostly wrong...our next four matches are crucial for me...Fulham, Westhamm, Soton and Sunderland...up until 6th april...we should take maximum 12 points from those not even 10 points will be acceptable...if the board thinks tubby cant achieve this and capello can...the sack will be good...and if they wanta give him time hoping somehow his head will function properly and he will get things right for the remaining matches, then they might wanta keep him in charge...whatever happens, the jury will always be out on Rafa benitez...he needs to get his s.hit straight for the sake of his career and our top 4 finish ambitions..'ll look on with hope.
03/03/2013 11:52:00
^^^can tubby really win 5 out of 5? that is westbrom, fulham, westham, soton,and sunderland...he has only done that once in the last 7-8 years...(the season liverpool came second in the BPL...winning 9 out of the last 10 bpl matches)....hmm...we'll wait and see....
03/03/2013 11:55:00
Capello???....Dat wud be a very big mistake...He's a gud coach and all but to take over Chelsea with about 20 games to go(+ FA cup and Uefa Europa) isnt acceptable at all...whats d worst dat can hapun???...We lose both cups and dont qualify for the UCL next season?...I'm sure we'll win a cup and qualify in 3rd position
03/03/2013 12:00:00
Capello???....Dat wud be a very big mistake...He's a gud coach and all but to take over Chelsea with about 20 games to go(+ FA cup and Uefa Europa) isnt acceptable at all...whats d worst dat can hapun???...We lose both cups and dont qualify for the UCL next season?...I'm sure we'll win a cup and qualify as 3rd
03/03/2013 12:00:00
Absolutely! I would take him over Rafa any day. A man of discipline and fairly respected by the English lads including our own captain. A little bit of harmony is what we need right now. We know how the media tend to feed on baseless rumours,but I hope there are little crumbs of truth in this one.
03/03/2013 12:01:00
Capello for the last 2 months and if he can guide us to a top four finish and maybe the fa cup then I don't see why he shouldn't stay for two years. The same can be said for hiddink, heynckes, Pellegrini and my personal favourite bielsa. I have said that we are not ready for a young ta
03/03/2013 12:05:00
Talented coach. We need proper experience to knock some sense into the board. The best thing about older coaches is that they have been their and done it.
03/03/2013 12:07:00
Very good manager.but comin to cfc now is 50/50,it could work tremendously and it could equally backfire indifferent on this one..i just hope the best decision is made
03/03/2013 12:18:00
Lampard controlled himself and did not venture forward on every single occasion against West Brom and that is why they was not a single counter attack by West Brom, hope he does that more often, his tackling was goo too as I slate him normally.---------------We need players in the pivot who can pass the ball first time Forward not side ways or backwards, can put thru/defence splitting balls to Ba, who can win 2nd balls---------------- We need a winger who can put first time crosses in, that can atleast beat the first defender, whose final balls are top quality---------------Biggest thing for me is: We need to play One touch footy close/in the opposition's 18 yard box, we take 2,3,4 touches, all of the players do that, If we play one touch footy close to the box or in the box it will give opposition defenders less time to move and they WILL make mistakes, this is why our play looks DISJOINTED, players are not sure where the other person is, there is a lack of understanding, Rafa needs to work on this in the training, that is if he is still there by the end of next week-------------Moses needs to work on his final balls, Azpi was lucky not to score an own goal and did not venture forward that much.
03/03/2013 12:21:00
Rumours until confirmed
03/03/2013 12:53:00
@Layorh, you aptly echoed my thoughts on this,even with extra.
03/03/2013 13:05:00
If this happen then I'll think someone at chelsea is taking a peek at some comments on VC, I believe I wrote a comment in the same line about a coupla weeks ago, fabio capello till the end of the season would be perfect, one thing is sure with capello, he is a no nonsense coach and the type that picks his players on form, a tactically capable manager and I'll applaud roman if he makes this happen latest by thursday.
03/03/2013 13:15:00
There is no way we'll play man utd, spurs, liverpool and get anything from those games with the way we have been playing since the beginning of the year.
03/03/2013 13:25:00
I would not mind Capello at all to be honest, he was a good manager with England, statistically the best manager if you can believe it. Plus a proven manager at the top level with Real Madrid, Juventus and Roma at club level.
03/03/2013 13:30:00
Yeah.Terry and he are great pals.He will have everyone's support.Get him please.I want RAfa to get sacked.That can only happen if we lose games.But at this stage,we cannot afford to lose.@Desmond,I think we'll win at Old Trafford in the League.It is on 5th May.League will be wrapped by then.Fergie will play the youngsters.
03/03/2013 14:23:00
Fabio Capello until the end of the season .....would be a disaster! ...Fabio Capello - as non-interim manager or not at all and it might work!. But I believe we should stick with Rafa until the end of the season. I would find it ard choice to ake between Capello and Mourinho at the end of the season.
03/03/2013 14:33:00
The chances of capello coming to chelsea for a 2months reign is less than 10%. This rumour is just the handiwork of lazy journos. Keeping chelsea in the news sells for them. Hindink came then cos roman was the one that brought him to russia and was paying his wages with the hope that he would help then qualify for world cup 2010. That isnt the case with capello's appointment. Sack rafa and put holland in charge, he wont be any worst than the s.hit rafa is dishing out for us. The unity rafa's sack would bring to the dressing room and the 100% support and backing from the SB faithfuls would see us through to top 4. But should rafa remain in charge, i am sorry but the odds is that we wont make it. We would just chock when it matters most, cos our last 5 fixtures involves playing spurs, liverpool, man utd and everton.
Chelz Akamz
03/03/2013 14:49:00
I was just discussing with my brother and he said that chelsea fans and mgt are busy looking for high profile managers while we as a club have got the potential of turning one of our own into one. Jose and AVB were a nobody until porto gave them the platform to launch their careers. Same goes for pep and barca. There re other examples. My point is that a coach like steve clarke for example learnt from one of the best coaches. He has also shown what he can do at west brom with very little budget. There is no way he wont succeed at chelsea if he is properly backed and given time. Look at what he did with lukaku who at the begining of the season was just a say talent but is being gradually refined over the course of the season. Same could be said about RDM who was sacked not because of the fear that he wouldnt have recovered from the mini-slump he was going as we were made to believe but because roman never wanted him in the first place cos he is not a big name manager. How about chelsea creating their own big-name manager. We have what it takes to do so i.e money, excellent training facility and a good academy. What remains is patience and endurance from fans and owner.
Chelz Akamz
03/03/2013 15:11:00
Its a real problem....On one hand, for Capello to come in would be another major PR issue with the Chelsea hating press going crazy...Also how would another managerial change affect the younger players???? On the other hand...I have no confidence in Rafa...none...his player selections and substitutions are just crazy...He continues to play a combination of Mikel/Ramires/Lampard in the pivot which is an acknowledged disaster IF the other team presses our midfield. Ramires can't pass and Lampard can't defend..Furthermore, Lampard is never is position to defend as he is always caught up out of position. This allows the opposition to easily counter attack....I believe Capello would instantly command respect and would be able to motivate the team..However, it would also mean the end to Torres as he has been sheltered by Rafa....My gut says we would have a better chance to finish in the top 4 with Capello...I see continued risks with Rafa..too many issues with Rafa...Terry/Rafa...Fans/Rafa...Roman would have to accept the PR disaster to sack Rafa...You know the english press would go crazy about not giving Rafa enough time to finish the job...Then, if by chance Capello doesn't deliver a top 4 finish the press will forever bash Chelsea...The Chelsea hating press would have a field is a big risk to Roman...I would prefer to go with Capello but it will be a PR disaster.
03/03/2013 15:38:00
@akamz, RDM would have been our pep, I had that believe in him even when I was slating him for being inexperienced, RDM is gone and I don't see him coming back after the humiliation a servant of the club suffered from the hands of roman, but clarke is someone that can only work well if he is trusted, this man spent almost 20 years at chelsea and would be good for the club, for now I believe he is a 2nd class manager with a potential to be a world class one if he keeps working steadily. Adi viveash is worth a shout too.
03/03/2013 15:40:00
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