Many say Roman’s way isn’t working.
Hmmm… well, if one means he hasn’t had continuity of mangers then I suppose you are all correct, but look at the annual merry go round at the other end of the league.
We have won 50% of the last 6 titles, and have done well in the Champions League every year since he arrived. I know we haven’t won it, but I think we can all agree that we have been close and on other days the results could’ve been different. Or had a different ref. etc.
But all that aside, Chelsea have been up there since he arrived. More so than the likes of arse. Everyone sees the mancs with red-nose and are immediately are comparing to the mancs only. That is the comparison. Because red-nose has been at OT for a generation we supposed to assume every club needs to see that as the bench mark. Arse have tried the hardest to follow and look what they’ve had the last 7 seasons. Compare that to Chelsea’s last 7 seasons.
Just another way of looking at it, that’s all.
As for my own opinion on Roman’s managerial appointments, of course I wish it was different. And had he not rushed in to the sacking of Jose it could’ve been. That caused an emergency placing (avram grant), and then the permanent replacement (scholari) looked good on paper but didn’t work out. And that meant another emergency replacement (Guus), who couldn’t stay as everyone wanted him to as Russia would have got Roman shot, so Ancelotti came in. Another winner on paper. And we got the double. But we started to drop back (to 2nd place in the PL) and were crap against Inter at the Bridge, so he went as well. In came this ‘messiah’s son’ – Boas, who had a great kid’s CV but was miles out of his depth. An expensive lesson for Roman.
That’s my summary of the last 5 1/5 since Jose went. I can see what Roman is looking at, and what he is hoping for – a barcelona team with a top proven manager to dominate europe (which is something the mancs haven’t done under red-nose, by the way). But Roman’s money can’t buy it. And nor can the waiting game the mancs have opted for. The mancs haven’t dominated europe and red-nose has had 25 years at it.
As I said, the mancs haven’t set europe on fire. It seems a 50/50 whether they get out of the ECL group stages each year. Or maybe not that bad, but it isn’t guranteed every year. And the two manc ECL wins could easily have been different (Bayern were robbed and Drog wasn’t there to take Terry’s pen!).
What I am saying is that because one or two teams have had a manager for a number of years doesn’t make it the best way.
I am also saying, which I must stress even more, is that I do wish we didn’t have an annual change. I just wanted to put both sides of the whole argument.
Chelsea’s league positions and european performances year-in, year-out under Roman’s ownership hasn’t been that far off the bench mark in Europe (Barca). Or should I say it’s been closer than most. Especially the wenger-driven arse, for example.
Just a thought.