Nevermind Eden Hazard, What About The Manager?

Whilst everyone else seems to be working themselves into some sort of erotic group frenzy over the thought of Eden Hazard maybe, potentially, undeniably, possibly signing for Chelsea/City/United (delete as appropriate), if I’m honest, I’m more concerned about the ongoing manager(less) situation at Stamford Bridge.

Here we are, FA Cup holders and Champions of Europe, going about our business renewing contracts, letting players leave and even looking to bring players in, if you believe what you read, and all this is happening without the person charged with managing those resources actually in post to give an opinion. Of course, it just adds fuel to the press fire when it comes to reporting Chelsea managers are there in name only – and that sort of thing discredits us enough as it is – but what about potential managers, will they really fancy coming to a club where the major decisions have already been taken and their role is simply to ‘get on and win things’ with someone else’s choice of players? I’m not convinced.

Other potential candidates notwithstanding though, what about Roberto Di Matteo? It’s sheer embarrassment that a manager who has just won both the FA Cup and Champions League – a feat no other Chelsea manager has achieved – is not considered high profile enough to take the club forward. How much bloody higher than winning the Champions League with a squad that quite honestly wasn’t good enough to truly compete in the Premier League, can a manager’s profile realistically get?

I mean, the talk of a one-year contract is an insult to Di Matteo to be honest, there wouldn’t be one of us too stupid to suss what that’s all about and 12 months down the line, no matter what he’d achieved during the course of that time, we’d be back in this position again just waiting for Guardiola to decide he’d had a sufficient break. Can the club really not be a little more respectful to RDM than that?

Quite apart from anything else, whilst Di Matteo might not be considered to be the man for the job going forward, that in itself forces the question of exactly who it is Roman regards to have the credentials. I’ve already mentioned Guardiola but who’s to say he’s the right man? Given the resources available to him at Barcelona, it would have been harder to make a pigs ear of things than it was to be successful in all honesty – and even then, he couldn’t beat us last season. If the situation had been reversed, and it was Guardiola in charge of that Chelsea XI, would Barcelona still have gone out against us though? I’m saying not.

The thing that really concerns me about him is that he knew his tactics hadn’t worked against us in the first leg, he knew how we’d set ourselves out against them in the 2nd leg and yet he insisted he would not allow Barca to play any other way against us – and he paid the price for that. We had a manager for the first half of last season whose stubbornness and refusal to adapt style of play to fit in with resources available was to our detriment. That manager was duly sent packing when the incline out of the top four started to look a bit steep, so surely Roman would be prepared to do the same whoever the manager happened to be?

Right now, we have two men at the club who have just taken Chelsea – and not even the best Chelsea we’ve ever had – to the sort of heights some of us probably didn’t believe possible in our lifetimes and no-one seems convinced they’ll be with us next season. Shameful really.


15 Responses to “Nevermind Eden Hazard, What About The Manager?”

  1. I am also highly dissapointed at Roman,i mean what else does he want from a manager.The same man that brought us out from a deep shit to win the UCL and Fa cup is the best manager we need.He is respected and loved by all the players,so why waste money on someone that will be sacked mid-way cos Guardiola tactics is similar to AVB,Let RDM stay

  2. I’m a chelsea fan and I’ll always be grateful for what di Matteo did as a player and a manager. He did an incredible job of reviving Chelsea. My only question is: Does he have the acumen to rebuild Chelsea?

  3. U’ve Spoken well, but come to think of it; not that we really had a good style of play under RDM, to be candid, it was sheer luck; evem d players knew themselves. What we really need is not a coach with a big name. I think RDM should be given a chance to prove himself that those trouphies were not fluke, coupled with his luck and more improvements, we shall get there. God bless chelsea, God bless RDM and God bless u all.

  4. Gourlay and the rest of board members have consistently and ignorantly shown that they are not football people. If not, they would have adviced Roman that RDM is the way forward. If he could gamble on AVB, why not a manager with a proven identity? 2-3years deal or work away in honour like Drogba.

  5. Nice questn sam,bt i fink d 1 year contract will b enough 4 him 2 prove himself up chelsea

  6. you get what you want/need when you can. Hazard would agree elsewhere if we tip toed; the manager position is somewhat different right; Pep has only just finished (cup final last weekend) and we all know every other managerial consideration is on the back burner until Roman knows Pep is unavailable; sending brothers to chat with the club would suggest he is possibly available. Obviously every manager would love to work with Hazard, particularly when, given the squad, he’s an obvious choice.

  7. I believe RDM is the man chelsea can put there trust on, the board re just so blind to the truth. Other club ve establish big name coach such as Guardiola of barca, AVB in porto. And, these re the same people we all after to coach our teams. They re great today bc, they were given the chance and trust, let us also establish atleast one coach that other big clubs will sought after. RDM deserve more than what the board re offering him.

  8. it will be a big shame if Roman don’t give RDM the chelsea job,what make him think Pep is better than RDM forgeting he can’t defeat us even with eleven man against chelsea ten man at nuo camp,let someone remind him of a popular saying-the devil you know is better than the angel you don’t know.long live chelsea.

  9. You’ve really spoken well but I believe RDM will still get the contract. The only thing i’m worring aabout is he’ll not be the one in charge of getting the players and that my distrupt is plans for the team. I hope we get it right this time, i still believe pep is not a very good manager because of his one way tactics.

  10. perhaps gourlay &co are bad business people, why on let would ‘they’ want to retain essien, malouda &co.
    They should probably take over as the manager, signing player for the club withou the manager’s consent.
    Real madrid in the making

  11. good one my man. it is very insulting to keep him waiting up till dis moment .

  12. Well, yeah a lot of respect has to be given to Di matteo, but I’m not entirely sure he is the best way forward. If drogba hadn’t put a miracle header in we would all be seething at Di matteo for playing us that way. As for the players leaving they should of left a while back regardless of what any manager thinks. We have seen Di matteo’s tactics work wonders this season but it is not the way forward. He does deserve it though, but with these high profile players being linked with possibly coming to chelsea, we deserve more than 11 men in the defensive penalty box no matter who the opposition. But having said all that, whose to say he is not capable of more game plans with new players? Real tough one.

  13. for me, i think the biggest quality of a manager is his man managment and adaptability to tactics, Di Matteo has that, the players love him and will play their hearts out for him.

  14. RDM just need to b given d chance to turn d team around just like avb was given, let him over see d affairs of d team so that he can know d players enough

  15. As much as i agree with letting RDM keep the job,i believe romans philosophy is to have the brand of football that barca play. I believe that is what is informing his obstinate decision. He seems to forget that adaptability in football these days is a key element to winning. RDM has plenty of that and he showed in westbrom that he can also play with flair. I say let himhave the job for 2years.