End of the Road

As many would have expected Chelsea parted ways with Coach Carlo Anceloti yesterday after their loss to Everton in the last match of the season. It came as no surprise as many people including the coach himself, clearly knew that he was facing the sack. He now joins the long list of managers who have come and gone, after failing to win the converted Champions league.

For a man who has won the Cup twice with AC-Milan this has no been no fairy tale ride, he has been treated badly at Chelsea. For starters he has been undermined by the owner, sidelined in the club transfers dealings. It is clearly known that all the players signed recently had not been requested by him rather than the owner himself. He started the season well and then suddenly Chelsea started to drop some easy points along the way, there was also the case of injuries to his key players along the season too.

There has been a host of names that have been lined up for the hot seat at the bridge, most notably would the duo of Guss Hiddink as Director of football and Marco Van Basten as coach. With all due respect Van Basten does not have what it takes to survive at Chelsea.  There is also talk of Rafa Benitiez: – The tournament expert having won it with Liverpool in 2005 and reaching the final in 2007. How about the return of Jose Mourihnio the fans favorite, or Porto’s Villa- Boas. There is also Mark Hughes and Harry Redknapp though I doubt either of them will want the Chelsea job.

The new manger should also be aware that he will have to make some changes to the team ASAP, players like Lampard, Drogba, Anelka, Terry are past their prime and replacements are needed. Players such as Essien, Malouda and Kalou performances have been erratic the whole season. For a change it would be nice to see new players such as Neymar, Lukaku and Hulk or Porto in the team. The players on loan such as Daniel Sturridge, Gael Kakuta are also expected back.

Whoever decides to take the Chelsea hot seat should know that a lot is being expected from him, in terms of winning everything that is there to win.  I would prefer to see Louis Van Gaal or Guss Hiddink at the hot seat; people who don’t take (insert curse word here) from no one.  The funny thing is that Arsene Wenger has not brought a trophy in almost 8 years and he still has a job, funny how this world is.

Good week to all DR readers out there!

Of New Beginnings: Fernando Torres, Luis Suárez & Andy Carroll

Here’s my quick two cents on the recent happenings in the English Premier League.

Chelsea

After many seasons of waiting “The Special one” has finally arrived at Stamford Bridge.  Fernando Torres finally made the move to London to join Chelsea. He cost the club a massive 50 million pounds and will proudly wear the number 9 jersey; if I were you I’d stop reading this right now and go place an order for this epic jersey. So it seems the management has finally realized the need to bring in some new blood and also went for the young Brazilian defender Luiz. As for Mr. Torres, he has signed a five and a half year deal that will see him take home every week a cool £175,000 a week! It is hoped that he deliver the goal-scoring punch that the club urgently needs. It still remains to be seen how Carlo Anceloti will play these forwards: Will he go for a 4-3-3 with Torres, Drogba and Anelka? or will he opt for the 4-3-2-1 formation?

Verdict: A good investment by Roman Abramovich to boost the weary legs of Drogba and Anelka. The million Pound question is whether FT will deliver or is he also Drogba’s successor at the Bridge?

Liverpool


After losing Torres to Chelsea, there is still light at the end of the tunnel for Liverpool. They have secured the services of Andy Carol for £ 35 million as well as the young talented Luis Suarez of Uruguay. It makes no point to keep an unhappy player, the decision to let him seems a wise one now that they have some extra money to spend on new players.

Verdict: Daglish has brought in two good players; let’s see how they will adjust at Liverpool. Currently placed 7th a top 5 finish would be a realistic goal. 

That’s it for me. Your thoughts? comments?

Roberto Mancini’s Galacticos

The day that Sheik Mansour of Abu Dhabi bought Manchester City remains etched in memory.

One moment, City were about to sink into oblivion under the reckless control of Thaksin Shinawatra; the next, a club employee was blinking hard with disbelief as she faxed a £32million transfer request to Real Madrid for the registration of Brazil forward Robinho.

In the following days and weeks, English football began to wonder if its familiar landscape – one with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool at its center  was about to change forever, indeed it has.  Two years on, it is finally threatening to happen. City’s progress to the top of the English game has been relatively slow.

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