Where to begin. Chelsea have yet again made sure they are the laughing stock of world football. Just six months after the greatest night in the club’s history in Munich, led by Blues legend Roberto Di Matteo, Roman Abramovic yet again felt that his embarrassing record of sacking footballs top managers for doing no wrong should continue.
Countless men have sat in the Stamford Bridge dugout while the ruthless Russian Billionaire sat above them seemingly waiting for one false move so he can pounce, and Italian Di Matteo is the latest in that long, elusive line of coaches to be treated like yesterday’s fashion craze. Di Matteo, needless to say has been one of Chelsea’s greatest ever servants, both as a player and coach, but Abramovic seems to have taken a more literal meaning to the word and after one poor result too many, flicked the Italian away like dirt off a shoe.
After the news broke early on Wednesday morning it didn’t take long for the people of football, and journalists alike to react in utter disbelief to Chelsea’s latest attempt to be stand-up comedians. Except the punch line didn’t quite land on this occasion. Instead of laughter or an encore, Football seems at the end of its tether with Chelsea’s besmirching of the beautiful game.
Fans, players and everyone involved with Chelsea Football Club will undoubtedly feel embarrassed by this latest saga, together with the controversy surrounding the appointment of Rafa Benitez and the lack of a case for Mark Clattenburg to answer. Most will be wondering where next for a club that could easily have its own prime time TV drama.
Benitez has predictably been appointed interim manager to take charge of Chelsea’s young, aspiring team, just as he was one of the front-runners when Andre Villas-Boas felt the wrath of Abramovic last season. But how long will he get with Pep Guardiola already seemingly in line to take over next summer. All this begs the question, why would any self-respecting manager want to take charge of a team that obviously show no respect to the game that so many love?
Whoever takes permanent charge of Chelsea is a brave man. By taking the job they are putting on the line their reputation and accepting themselves into a world that not even ‘the special one’ survived in. There doesn’t seem to be a happy ending for a Chelsea manager, what it looks like seems unknown to everyone except Roman Abramovic. Mirroring Barcelona is impossible and the sooner Chelsea realise this and appreciate what they have got, the sooner the rest of football will start to respect the Blues as a football club again.
Until then they will continue to be ridiculed by those in world football. For the players and fans’ sake though, the hope is that things do change in the near future, as being associated with Chelsea at the moment will arguably be very depressing. How much longer will it take for the owner to stop treating their club like a toy, and start to show it the respect it deserves?
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