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Dear Roman

Dear Roman

Now you may not remember your encounter with me, but I certainly remember meeting you.

Back in our centenary year, I had the immense pleasure of meeting you at the Centenary Party, held at that quaint little pub across the road from Stamford Bridge, The Butchers Hook.

You seemed a thoroughly decent chap, but then again my opinions of you were always going to be favourable what with you riding to the rescue and saving the club I cherish from financial oblivion.

Since that day, things have been so wonderful in the world of Chelsea that it`s fair to say that we`ve all been living the dream. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I imagine that, one day; we`d win the Premier League let alone the Holy Grail of European football - The Champions League.

But, and I suspect you might already feel that this letter is about to depart off on another tangent, things are, or have, gone horribly wrong, things are, to put it mildly, starting to go down the plug-hole.

Therefore, with your right hand-man, Ron Gourlay, still chanting the company mantra about qualification being essential for our football club to thrive, I`m asking you to take a step back, away from the rose tinted spectacles, and see what a mess it is all becoming.

Now, in the past, you`ve not been afraid to make changes. Some have been dramatic and drastic, others questionable but, and this is the most positive aspect, we`ve always thrived; we`ve always emerged as top-dogs regardless of the scorn aimed at us from the jealous legions who support others clubs with the same passion (now there`s a word) we show for our club.

Therefore we`re urging you to make a change, we`re not pleading for change for the sake of change, but for a change to ensure what we`ve all strived to achieve since your arrival doesn`t become a distant memory, a change that will ensure the company mantra is adhered to and that next season we`re still amongst the elite of Europe, not the also-rans.

So, however much the urge to stick with the Spaniard grips you, please reach for the axe, wield it and send him packing, you know it makes sense!

Yours sincerely

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Date:Friday March 8 2013
Time: 7:42AM


Here's my signature in approval of the letter Merlin. I can't believe the lack of optimism i felt watching the game yesterday. I was totally nonchalant and that's so unlike me watching a Chelsea game. I managed to get home just in time (whilst avoiding a ticket),and i got served a healthy dose of rubbish football. Rafa is killing us,and it shows in the players approach to the game. A total lack of belief,urgency, no fluency in play and we look so disjointed,like a team without a game plan. Rafa's sacking will definitely unite the fans and players towards one goal. 'Divided we fall' #Rafaout
08/03/2013 08:20:00
Sack FSW! I´m in.
08/03/2013 08:26:00
Sack Benetiz, Buck and happy to start with Benetiz though and work on the other 2 at a later date
08/03/2013 08:31:00
I think there is only one way roman abramovic can fix the relationship between the club/board and the fans and that is by giving them what they want. Rafa's head on a plate,admitting they made a mistake hiring him and then brining home Jose mourinho and giving lamps his one year deal. Football fans are a fickle lot and if by the start of Pre season the special one and lamps are at the club then I think by the first game everything from this awful season will be forgotten pretty quickly.
08/03/2013 08:32:00
I think there is only one way roman abramovic can fix the relationship between the club/board and the fans and that is by giving them what they want. Rafa's head on a plate,admitting they made a mistake hiring him and then brining home Jose mourinho and giving lamps his one year deal. Football fans are a fickle lot and if by the start of Pre season the special one and lamps are at the club then I think by the first game everything from this awful season will be forgotten pretty quickly.
08/03/2013 08:32:00
Here is my signature, I have readied it for over a month now, I can't even believe this is my beloved chelsea playing, we were fecking hoofing the ball liverpool style!! Oh my God, where is the crisp passes and retention of ball under RDM? Where is the show of skill? Where is the joy in watching ur beloved club play? I am so ashamed of the person who brought this clown to our club, this mistake is too huge to forgive except offcourse he fires the clown NOW, and get us a worthy coach irrespective of how hard that is by summer, making a decent coach to manage us is the pennance I demand from that individual as a fan. Gimme klopp,laudrup or jose and I'll wipe the slate clean, but first sack this clown!!!! Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggvhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
08/03/2013 08:35:00
No way, lampard, tubb, benayoun, hilario, torres, turnbull OUT!!!!!!!!!!
08/03/2013 08:35:00
RA has made a huge mistake but all will be forgotten if the right man is in charge next season. lets also put things in perspective not so long ago we lost 4-0 in a FA cup final against Man UTD and tbh i thought we would never again reach another major final! 19 years later we are CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE!!!!
08/03/2013 08:41:00
I feel bad for the fans that travelled to see this game. No heart whatsoever. And every player has themselves to blame for that crap performance. What wages are these chaps on? What club crest is on their chest? I can understand their contempt towards FSW but to get BEATEN by Steau is disgraceful with the quality we had on the pitch. Play for the ******** badge and for us fans and the ones lucky enough to pay their HARD EARNED MONEY to watch you!!! SMDH
08/03/2013 08:50:00
08/03/2013 08:55:00
an excellently written article Merlin. ( Dear Roman, please reach for the axe....... lol). We could not string together 5 passes yesterday and reached a new low with the type of game we played yesterday. I could not believe that we had Mazacar on that pitch.... gone was the fluent passing movement of the RDM days and I would even have taken the suidical all out attacking style of AVB to the dross we had to watch. We have lost it big time with the calibre of players we have and the coach we are saddled with and to be frank, very drastic measures need to be taken if we will ever get out of this rut. The midfield was totally non existent, the pivot extremely slow>>>>. Jeeezz i can go on and on..... with the exception of ramires ( due only to is versatility... nothing else) every other CM/DM in the squad should be sold/released come summer. Lampard, benayoun, Mikel, Romeu, add betrand, Ivanovic an younger more mobile players. Lets imagine an Azpicuelta in the totenham squad....... WE ARE TOOOOOOO SLOW in transitions and I don't understand why David Luiz is now playing in the CB role after his excellent displays in the middle of the park. He is the only one that could have injected pace into that middle. Rafa and his ACCURSED ROTATION POLICY will be the death of us.
08/03/2013 09:14:00
im starting to feel like some of the gooners fans iv been talking to....going into a match and not having the beleif that we are going to take something from the match,iv watched chelsea for near 20 years and i have to say i have never saw a team so not interested, no passion what so ever.i know it is a mickey mouse cup but you should be busting a gut every time u put on the shirt,it has to be down to the tension created by the appointment of rafa anyone can see romans ego bigger that his decision making? you dont amass 10b from not knowing when you have made a mistake do you? ktbffh
08/03/2013 09:20:00
I've always held the opinion that even Harry Redknapp would have been a better choice as our manager.
Blue Day
08/03/2013 09:21:00
sell Mikel?? The Nigerian "god" who does no wrong but is "immense" every game?? Good luck with that suggestion DWONDER
08/03/2013 09:36:00
I wonder what the authors thoughts will be should we beat ManUre on Sunday and beat Steau to progress under Rafa.....
08/03/2013 09:38:00
you could swear Chelsea is relegation-bound based on this mantra. Talk about being spoilt (we are only 4th lost the 1st leg through an unlucky penalty decision....*smh*
08/03/2013 09:39:00
The more annoying part was watching how Oscar and Hazard were not allowed to be flexible on the pitch. It looked like they were subjected to the wings. Oscar wanted to rotate and move freely,but kept moving back to the left wing like he was ordered to,same with Hazard. As soon as Mata got on he called on Oscar,and pointed to the wings and said 'stay there'. That's not what Mazacar is about,the beauty of watching them play is when they rotate freely around each other with sharp intricate one time pass. I'm not too concerned about the Europa League,i'm looking at that team and wondering how on earth will we make top 4...Rafa out!!!
08/03/2013 09:42:00
I supported RDM's sack and thought Rafa will be a improvement to him...but alas i was wrong...he is same as RDM....We dont see any improvement in the team...yesterday, it was pathetic...we never pressed, passed accurately...wonder if Rafa makes the team train on passing and pressing or is just the physical exercises/ drills??
08/03/2013 09:56:00
Same as RDM? Well can you point out a game where we played this poor against a lowly rated team under Robbie?
08/03/2013 10:01:00
That our best achievement in the league under RDM was 6th speaks VOLUMES about his abilities. Take the Champs League luck out (which effectively deserted him this season ironically) and the FA Cup goal controversy that changed the game and you'll have a man who was good at Man-management but very poor at team-progress management. Not for the luck we had in the Champs League we were going to be playing Europa League this season so while Rafa's been a let-down (especially for me) any suggestions RDM could've done better are more baffling and unrealistic
08/03/2013 10:08:00
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