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Time for a Change

I know full well as I write this article I am going to be condemned by most, in fact I feel sick as I write such a thing but when is enough, enough?

Now I look at all the managers we have had since the Special One departed Grant, Scolari, Hiddink, Carlo, AVB, RDM and Benitez, now they all have had their flaws (excuse Hiddink) but can all these managers be failures or is there something darker within the shadows of Stamford Bridge.

I look week after week and the senior players always have something to say to the press. And it is always one of Cech, Terry, Mikel and not so much, but occasionally, Lamps.

They inform the media of this and that, oh we are happy, we are all pulling together but things are starting to add up that this is not the case and if they don't want to work for a manager, or sense he is on the way out, time and time again they don't step up and shift all blame towards the man in charge.

You only have to read Cech's comment about how results had improved for weeks following RDM`s sacking. Now if the 'Special One' returns his character is so powerful and strong these players will have little influence, but if he is not returning they will be in the shadows casting a dark cloud on the new manager and in six months we are in the same predicament.

Do we say it`s time for a change and lose these world class players and say start again, or am I being way too dramatic and think that these brilliant ambassadors of the club should retire at the Bridge.

Just food for thought really!

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Date:Monday March 4 2013
Time: 7:10PM


I think it's too soon, any dressing room needs experience and leaders, faze them out over time... Without them, I don't see a leader amongst the new crop.
04/03/2013 19:27:00
Hope the best happens, I want stability so much
04/03/2013 19:27:00
It's the truth I'm afraid, it's also a reason that talented managers will look at if they are offered the job. Slowly though it looks like the main culprits are on their way, lampard still hasn't got a new contract, if he was going to get one then he'd have been given it by now. I'm sure Terry's contract won't be renewed and neither Ashley after this season, Essien will probably leave in the summer as he's not in the plans. We are creating a vibrant young squad, one that a manager can take over without any fuss or who-ha. We are changing, it's just taking its time. Each season one player from the mourinho era will leave until only Cech and mikel are left.
04/03/2013 19:43:00
Of course we don't want to get into a situation where by we are like arsenal, as one older player leave another becomes more experienced.
04/03/2013 19:44:00
This is a good article and I can see your point mate. However, suppose we "lose these world class players and say start again". I carry on, and say that in 3 years time, Lukaku, Hazard, Oscar, De Bruyne, Bertrand replace the so-called current Old Guard? Then what? Shall we have to get rid of them? And "start again"? In my opinion, the answer is "no". Actually, the answer is in the middle. We have to find a balance. We have to appoint a real manager. A strong personality who can cope with the world class player. Because we do NEED the world class players. However, the real managers are very few in the world. We've been lucky enough to had 2 (two) in the past. Jose and Guus. Sorry, but Carlo was not. He may be a good manager, but not a strong personality. Look at man u. They've got a real manager. Face it, it's the truth. Recall how many primadonnas passed and gone from his hands (cantona, veron, stam, v.nistelrooy, even beckham, etc.). And he's still there! And keep winning! So, we have to bring back either Jose or Guus. That's my opinion.
04/03/2013 19:46:00
I am sorry but the author has it all wrong here..players can gripe all they want..and those who know me will acknowledge that i am one of the most vocal about the fact that our players spend way too much time with the media and in media circles but the coaching merry go round that poses as normal at Chelsea FC is not due to the is solely and squarely down to Roman and his self appointed board. In fact what has happened over the last decade or so is that with the constant sack today sack tomorrow carousel of managers, the senior players have oft had to manage themselves and have thus become the clubs closest thing to consistency and stability which has resulted in the vaunted player power cartel at Chelsea FC. No matter how powerful a players character if the ownership stand with the manager the player is eventually put in his place..we saw Andreas Strammachioni at Inter do this to Wes Sneidjer and recently to Antonio Cassano as a recent example. He is a young man with no coaching pedigree but because Massimo Moratti has his back the players dare not mess with him..The manager carousel we have at Chelsea is not down to the is down to Roman and what it has done is spawn the player power cartel as a defense mechanism..the solution to this problem also lies with Roman..he needs to find a coach he trusts and likes, hand him the reigns, get out of the way, allow the guy do his job without interference and Trojan gifts and then exercise a modicum of patience..meaning give the guy a reasonable amount of time to achieve results and back him stoutly by providing him the players he asks for as much as is within reason and also backing him publicly and behind closed doors when conflicts arise even if it involves the big name players on the squad..this is how clubs like Bayern, Real and Barca are run.
04/03/2013 20:07:00
I don't know where u get ur idea from, mr author, but u might have a point and I think that is why roman want atleast 2 out of the remaining legends leave.
04/03/2013 21:35:00
Where u got ur idea*
04/03/2013 21:36:00
Get rid of the oldies,so far we have not seen any use of their most taunted leadership on and off the pitch..we cant keep habourin players who consistently feel they are bigger than the manager in the name of legends...
04/03/2013 21:42:00
@Gabeu great read, there are only 2 managers who I think Roman will leave alone to get on with it and that's Guus and Jose! One of those and were set, but the only downfall will be as we know Guus is not getting any younger so I'd like to see Poyet come with him and with Jose there is always the potential for him to up sticks after 3 years or so, so it all depends on how the club wants to move forward, that's why I've been saying this is the most important summer for the last 10 years, it could be the difference between whether we dominate again for the next 10 years or whether we become an Arsenal and slowly decline
04/03/2013 21:46:00
We should be makin the conditions conducive for any good manager and not just limitin it to guus and jose,and if it means the old guards leaves then so be it.
04/03/2013 22:40:00
Hahahah.....Lol. God help our fans,some Chelsea fans are indirectly responsible for the predicament the club find itself. We dictate who we want with 'fan power'...Lol. Jeez. I credit ur opinion and totally understand your point Mr Author,Ill comment better tomorrow,but I had a good laugh. Cheers!
04/03/2013 22:46:00
What happens if we cant/dont get guus or jose in the summer??we cease to exist,right??
04/03/2013 22:49:00
@ken4cfc, of course we'll not cease to exist if we dont get guus or jose in the summer. I just mentioned two "strong personalities" among the few, there are around. But these two are tried and tested managers, who enjoyed success here with us. We may bring simeone, poyet, conte, etc, and prove to be excellent managers. But they are unproven and unfamiliar with the conditions here.The situation with Chelsea is not the ideal for a manager. We want success every season. That's the way it is. That's why Carlo was (wrongly) sacked.
05/03/2013 04:46:00
Getting rid of Lamps marks the beginning of a journey towards a better Chelsea. Ridding us of Terry will undoubtedly do away with player power because no more will there be "Mr Chelsea" talk about players who think they the most important ppl in the club
05/03/2013 06:31:00
I understand where the author's coming from but Cech, imo, is lesser or a problem than Terry and Lamps. Could be because Cech knows he's virtually guaranteed to start all our games, I don't know, but he seems less of a problem that the aforementioned 2. We rid ourselves of those 2 we'll have a better overall "Manager-authoritative" atmosphere at the club. I'll even hasten to say the "sources" who leak information to the media will reduce substantially once those 2 have left ;)
05/03/2013 06:33:00
@blu,those 2 are the popular demand.and they are only a few strong character out there.poyet,simeone,conte etc are belong to the class of avb.bring them in and the fate of avb will befall them,we should get rid of the dressin room cabals who conspire against managers that arent playin to their tune.the earlier we do that the better for any good coach comin in
05/03/2013 06:48:00
It musnt be a mass exodus,the current format is good but we should a replacement as soon as 1 or 2 leaves unlike when DD left we brought no replacement in and ofcos we suffered for that
05/03/2013 07:41:00
*we should get a replacement*
05/03/2013 07:42:00
Just to shame a few.... Chief Executive Ron Gourlay today confirmed that the club are in talks with Frank Lampard over a new contract. Gourlay: "Discussions with Frank Lampard are ongoing. But they must be kept confidential at this stage." Haha! Great news! Now the club is thinking right. Lol
05/03/2013 12:31:00
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