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Scolari Sacking and Chelsea Slackening

Chelsea sacked manager Phil Scolari on Feb 10th, 2009. The newly-appointed Scolari was given limited funds to spend in the summer, but requested two players – Deco and Robinho. However, Chelsea only managed to secure Deco on his behalf having failed to match Man City’s bid for Robinho.

Scolari wasn’t given any money to spend in January but told to make do, so it seems likely that this sacking was planned some months ago. It appears to have been owner Roman Abramovich’s sole decision.

Since being defeated by Arsenal late-November, Chelsea have Won 8 Drawn 5 Lost 2 – both defeats came at the hands of Chelsea’s closest competitors Man Utd and Liverpool. Not great, but hardly a cataclysmic disaster worthy of sacking a World Cup winner.

Chelsea are only seven points behind Manchester United in the league, although a credible title challenge seems unlikely at this point.

Personally I feel the club is on a slippery slope unless Abramovich plans to back his next managerial appointment with substantially more cash. Abramovich’s wallet is the only way Chelsea will stay at the top, as their stadium generates little income to invest in players, whilst the club has nothing like the worldwide supporter base of its closest competitors. But Abramovich’s fortune has been hit relatively hard by the credit crunch and he’s fed up with every manager coming to him cap in hand for another £30 million every couple of months. Personal pride will not see him blowing another £300m like he did in the Jose Mourinho days. 


The problem does not seem to be that Chelsea are ageing, as some have suggested, rather that players such as Drogba, Ballack, Cech, Carvalho, Terry and Lampard have already achieved their dreams under Mourinho, and it’s therefore difficult to motivate such a side without injecting fresh blood.

Chelsea seem a bit stale, and since losing their unbeaten home record, rather like Arsenal when they went 49 games unbeaten, that air of invincibility has evaporated. They have no record to upkeep and every poor home result reminds them of that both during and after games.
~ Extract courtesy: Arsenal Truth


February 12, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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