Nice one Ro­man, that’s £55m you’ve spunked on sack­ing man­agers

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 -

JOHN TERRY, Frank Lam­pard and Di­dier Drogba bounce around the room on space­hop­pers wear­ing huge foam hands.

They point the fin­gers like a scold­ing teacher in time to the mu­sic: “Din-din-din AN­OTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!”

Ro­man Abramovich spins the steel wheels with a wild grin plas­tered across his face, pump­ing up the vol­ume to the max.

Be­hind him, a lap­top screen’s dim light projects onto a wall. Foot­ball Man­ager is loaded. “What do you want to do next, Mr Abramovich,” pleads the game.

This may, or may not, have hap­pened in real life.

But that is what Chelsea Foot­ball Club seems to be to Ro­man Abramovich – a game.

Why else un­der­mine man­ager af­ter man­ager and turn the Stam­ford Bridge job into Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble?

Why else in­ter­fere in foot­ball mat­ters and buy play­ers your man­ager didn’t want?

And why else spend £15mil­lion on tempt­ing An­dres Vil­las-boas away from Porto only to show no faith in his phi­los­o­phy and sack him at the first hint of cri­sis nine months later?

That’s £55m spunked on sack­ing man­agers now by the Rus­sian. Who next to play roulette with their man­age­rial ca­reer?

Some­one who fan­cies a pay-off a few months later pre­sum­ably.

But who­ever be­comes Chelsea’s eighth man­ager in nine years will face the same prob­lems. lay­ers with too much power. Play­ers past their best. Ex­pen­sive flops.

And an im­pa­tient, in­ter­fer­ing owner who seems to have no prob­lem with his left-back fir­ing air ri­fles at the work ex­pe­ri­ence kid.

It’s a club sick to the core.

But to Ro­man the cure is al­ways to sack the man­ager. Even Carlo Ancelotti – who won the Dou­ble!

Yet who signed Fer­nando Tor­res, who is av­er­ag­ing 1.6 goals per man­ager?

And on the other hand who signed one of Chelsea’s best play­ers, Juan Mata? Oh yeah, AVB – a man who knows a bit about foot­ball, hav­ing won the league in Por­tu­gal and the Europa League.

Some are de­fend­ing Abramovich. It’s his money. It’s his club. And AVB made mis­takes.

All true. But what does

PAbramovich know about foot­ball? What does he know about build­ing a club – re­ally build­ing a club. Cre­at­ing a legacy, a long-term cy­cle of dom­i­na­tion. The an­swer is noth­ing. A new broom needs to be taken to Chelsea’s squad.

The witches’ coven of age­ing play­ers that has sent a string of man­agers to the duck­ing stool needs to be pen­sioned off. If ev­i­dence was needed of the trig­ger-happy stu­pid­ity of the Rus­sian, check out this bad boy. AVB’S record at Chelsea was played 40, won 19, drew 11, lost 10.

When Roberto Mancini took over at Manch­ester City his record in his first 40 games was won 20, drew 9, lost 11.

Vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal then. et City’s mon­ey­bags con­trolled the urge to knee-jerk and now look – there’s an FA Cup in the tro­phy cab­i­net and they’re favourites to win the league.

Amaz­ing what a bit of sta­bil­ity can do, eh?

Ro­man Abramovich could break the mould and give a man­ager time and space next time around.

Or he could just keep throw­ing money about, de­mand­ing in­stant re­sults and get­ting his chop­per out at the drop of a hat.

I know what my money is on.


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