NOTHING ever stands still at Chelsea, in fact, there’s always been a “self destruct” button hidden deep in the bowels of Stamford Bridge, going way, way back to Edwardian times. Just consider: a manager walking on the roof of the stand, apparently drunk; Tommy Docherty’s antics and the infamous Blackpool incident; the Osgood and Hudson affair; Eddie McCreadie resigning after taking the club back to … Continue reading Chelsea – unstable by design?
CALL ME cynical, but are the first signs of the departure of Antonio Conte already visible? Football managers are very movable objects, regardless of how successful they may be at some stage of their relationship with a club. But there is no other institution where you can go from “hero to zero” so quickly as Chelsea. Conte won the Premier League with largely the same … Continue reading The first signs of Conte’s departure may be evident
Doubtless there will be some protests, perhaps even the odd banner, but if the man from Saratov wishes it, there will be little that the fans can do about it – Chelsea will temporarily move from their ancestral home of Stamford Bridge while they pull it apart and rebuild it. But isn’t a move to a new stadium really the next natural step in the … Continue reading A bigger boat for Chelsea will be a PR coup for Abramovich
Rafa Benitez’s outburst after the Middlesbrough v Chelsea game underlines the toxic environment in which he has been placed at Stamford Bridge. Benitez could be the world’s best manager and he would still not be accepted at Chelsea, largely because of some inappropriate comments made during his time at Liverpool. You can see now that Benitez doesn’t hold back when he wants to say something, … Continue reading Time to give Benitez a break
Those Chelsea fans that were hoping for Pep Guardiola are no doubt saddened by the news that the former Barcelona manager is going to the extremely attractive and prosperous city of Munich. But at the same time, with Guardiola out of the way, it should signal the return to Stamford Bridge of Jose Mourinho. There are many reasons why “The special one” may want to … Continue reading Roman and Jose will kiss and make up to rekindle the spirit of 2004
The jeers at the end of Chelsea’s 0-2 home defeat at the hands of Swansea in the first leg of the Capital One Cup Semi-Final were no surprise. Stamford Bridge, which became a veritable fortress during the club’s golden period of 2004-07 is no longer the daunting destination of old. As soon as Swansea’s second goal went into the back of Ross Turnbull’s net, the … Continue reading Chelsea fans will have to learn to love Roman or face the consequences
Pep Guardiola will not take the Roman shilling. It’s clear that the former Barcelona coach continues to refuse any offer to become the latest man to walk on hot coals at Stamford Bridge – and I think he will never take the plunge. Why?, you may ask. But why would he? Chelsea have been through a veritable A to Z of European football’s most-wanted. They … Continue reading Why Guardiola may not fancy London SW6
So Roberto Di Matteo was executed hours after losing the vital Champions League tie in Turin. How predictable….how very sad. RDM delivered Chelsea’s greatest night. He may not have been the long-term answer but what Roman Abramovich has done is play to all the prejudice, all the pre-conceived ideas about the club being a rich man’s plaything. Just how many managers does he have to … Continue reading Another one bites the dust….when will the carnage of the dugout stop?
It would be a heartless man that refuses to give Roberto Di Matteo his chance to build on Chelsea’s spectacular success of 2011-12, but then Oligarchs have never really “done fluffy”. The public, the media and the players will all urge Roman Abramovich to give RDM a contract, but even if he does , and there’s good reason to think he will keep him on, … Continue reading Di Matteo should beware – Guardiola is a yacht trip away
Anyone who knows their history will be aware that Munich is linked with some of the most significant, and chilling, moments of the past. While the importance of these events – the Putsch, Neville Chamberlain, the 1958 air crash and the death of Israeli athletes in 1972 – will always be greater than a mere sporting fixture, Chelsea fans will always remember May 19 2012 as … Continue reading The miracle of Munich – RDM’s job application!