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A very interesting read.

Difficult to disagree with much of what is said in this Independent article from this morning:

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/manchester-city-chelsea-fc-result-final-score-goals-maurizio-sarri-job-next-a8773131.html

The way the club is being run is all wrong. We don't have enough football brains in the club hierarchy and the lack of Technical Director/Director of Football leaves a huge gaping hole, not to mention a large chasm between the coaching staff and the club hierarchy.

We truly are rudderless in our direction and that we just expect a new manager to come in every time and magically solve all these issues we have as well as fill all these roles that need filling is naive and complacent to say the least.

We absolutely need a complete rethink and rehaul in the way we operate as a club from top to bottom and bringing in a top DOF should be just the start.

posted on 11/2/19

Sounds like United under Ed.

posted on 11/2/19

Fair point. An important part of the process when it comes to philosophy managers like Sarri goes beyond finding them the right players, the entire boardroom structure has to be in alignment with it - not this complete disconnect between the board and the management/players.

Every clubs setup differently, since 2003 we've always been an organisation setup for the pragmatic managers with an owner whose never fully accepted that. If he did our boardroom chaos might be put into a bit of prospective because he wouldn't undercut them the way he does.

We're actually ahead of Arsenal & United in this sense, IMO, because they're still trying to figure out what they are in the midst of club philosophies driven by one long standing manager. We're setup one way with a board not pulling in that direction.

posted on 11/2/19

The biggest problem at Chelsea is the trigger-happy owner's obsession with immediate success which has also infected most Chelsea fans. Guardiola won nothing in his first season at City, but the club stuck with him and are now reaping the rewards. Even Fergie struggled in his first few seasons at Man U. Compare that with Chelsea who sacked managers who did very well at the club within very short stints - Di Matteo, Rafa, Carlo, Conte. The club was not able to build on that success and is now having to find another manager and start all over, esp if as expected Hazard leaves for Madrid. A new manager will need time, well beyond one season, and yet that's precisely what he won't get at Chelsea.

posted on 11/2/19

The biggest problem at Chelsea is the trigger-happy owner's obsession with immediate success which has also infected most Chelsea fans.
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It used to be an issue but from what I can read online, Abramovich is rather hands off at the moment.
At least, going by Sarri's comment, he is yet to meet him.

comment by Superb (U6486)

posted on 11/2/19

The biggest problem at Chelsea is the trigger-happy owner's obsession with immediate success
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This is a bit of an outdated stereotypical view. Not saying it didn't apply for yesteryear. But Roman is barely even seen these days. Gone are the days when he'd show his face at the training ground when things aren't going well.

posted on 11/2/19

Every clubs setup differently, since 2003 we've always been an organisation setup for the pragmatic managers with an owner whose never fully accepted that.
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That is so true. Most of Chelsea's success post 2003 has come from being defensively sound, pragmatic style and winning ugly when required. Ok you did score a lot of goals with the title win with Ancelloti, but generally pragmatic managers have succeeded where as more attack minded coaches seem to fail.

Wouldn't be surprised if you appointed Simeone next season and won the league. Perfect fit for Chelsea's setup.

posted on 11/2/19

comment by Bumblebeetuna (U4302)
posted 40 minutes ago
Every clubs setup differently, since 2003 we've always been an organisation setup for the pragmatic managers with an owner whose never fully accepted that.
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That is so true. Most of Chelsea's success post 2003 has come from being defensively sound, pragmatic style and winning ugly when required. Ok you did score a lot of goals with the title win with Ancelloti, but generally pragmatic managers have succeeded where as more attack minded coaches seem to fail.

Wouldn't be surprised if you appointed Simeone next season and won the league. Perfect fit for Chelsea's setup.
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I prefer that style, this so called Sarri ball is rubbish on the eye and seems outdated

posted on 11/2/19

That is so true. Most of Chelsea's success post 2003 has come from being defensively sound, pragmatic style and winning ugly when required. Ok you did score a lot of goals with the title win with Ancelloti, but generally pragmatic managers have succeeded where as more attack minded coaches seem to fail.

Wouldn't be surprised if you appointed Simeone next season and won the league. Perfect fit for Chelsea's setup.
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Funny thing is Ancelotti made one of the most pragmatic decisions of any Chelsea manager the last 10 years. He realized his trusty diamond had been figured out just in time and switched to the 4-3-3, that decision won us the league. A lot of focus goes on Conte's switch to the back 3 (rightfully), but that had just as much of an impact.

Simeone would be a fantastic manager for us. Ticks all the boxes of a successful Chelsea manager, plus he's a bit of a d**k (AVB aside, d**ks seem to do well for us lol).

posted on 11/2/19

I'm a big fan of Simeone, however I would be in despair at how pointless an appointment Sarri would be.

posted on 13/2/19

All the time Roman is not/doesn't speaking to Sarri (his words) I can't see much changing.

We'll probably see off Malmo in the Europa & then see who we draw
Sarri will noty play City the same way he did last week in the cup final...or if he does - he needs to go

The Utd game could go either way, maybe a close one and Pens...is it pens or a replay...?

Unless things change from Feb to May, I cant see us getting any higher than where we are

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