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It's a poison chalice of a job. Who'd want it?
and how long they've been waiting for an excuse to make the change.
That would be hilarious
I still love him, even though he's a busted flush, and watching him try and turn it round and get sacked after a few months would be painful.
If I were Mark Hughes, I might be watching my ass even more this morning...
Dominic de Matteo
So is Hiddink in?
or do Chelsea appoint 'Arry ?
Pepe, Arry, or Rafa
Reunite Fat Frank and his godfather, Roman - do it.
Not much I could say about it that I haven't already bored you all to death with.
That would be wonderful. We'd get to hear Terry put his foot in his fat racist chops every week and prove what the rest of the world already knows.
Might hand in my season ticket and kill myself guess: Abramovich really is that obsessed with getting Torres to work
...and he was saying that after Ancelotti got the chop, the amount of loyalty points needed for a season ticket plummeted. As in, fans were giving them back etc. etc.
Any truth in that, or is it conjecture?
Being a racist cuntchops = that's not a paddlin'
Police investigation finished, no charges
- if i should file a bug report with SI over the game engine
- wonder if someone was deliberately just making new managers in the same game universe to keep a pet project team going and retiring their old managers
- possibly wonder if someone was playing in my game and making all these manager changes to sell players to themselves on the cheap.
I was offered the Chelsea manager's job.
I kindly said no, and went back to playing FM13.
it's been november every time hasn't it?
He hardly masterminded Chelsea's Champions League success last season, and there was an element of good fortune about it all. Without that, he wouldn't have been at the helm this year anyway.
So basically, he's had a massive boost to his reputation due to being at the right place at the right time, and doing a decent job at a massive club in the process.
His CV/stock now is much higher than it was this time last year. He's pretty sure of himself. He'll be absolutely fine. Fair play to him.
doesn't constitute a masterplan? Bit harsh, pal.
you'd get the impression that Chelsea last year were indomitable giants, bristling with resolve and steel, rather than a bunch of jammy cunts who wouldn't have even been in the final if the greatest player of all time could kick the ball in the net from 12 yards out.
2nd club in a row he's done a great job at and then been shafted after a few games without a win
He's a bit too arrogant and cocksure for me to feel sorry for him. And plus he was in an overinflated position for his experience and stature, regardless of how good a manager he is.
He'll be fine. I thought he was doing a better job at West Brom to be honest, I felt more sorry for him then...
just when Liverpool were vying for it.
From football 365 gossip column
‘With everyone seemingly in agreement that Roberto di Matteo's time at Chelsea is done, both The Daily Mail and The Times report that Chelsea have a man in mind to replace him. For now.
And it's Rafa Benitez.
The Times claims that Abramovich has sounded Benitez out about taking over until the end of the season, while still retaining a hope that Pep Guardiola can be persuaded to abandon his sabbatical in the middle of the season.
The Mail reports roughly the same, but adds this line that should chill the heart of any Chelsea fan:
'If he fails to convince the Spaniard, Abramovich could even turn to former manager Avram Grant to hold the fort again.'
It's worth noting that these stories come from Neil Ashton, who knows so much about the goings on at Chelsea that he might as well live there, and Rory Smith, who was Benitez's ghostwriter for his recent book. So, while we do like to pooh-pooh paper talk, these stories seem relatively solid.’
then i saw this
Baron Greenback is in the picture.
If there is a god, please make this happen
IMO giving him the job in the first place was far stupider, he was never the right man. Having belatedly realised his error, what else is Abramovich supposed to do?
in charge it becomes a phenomenally bad decision.
That haul of trophies and the fact that at their pomp they were very much a managed side in the way they played, apart from Messi who can do what he wants. They had a plan and with that plan they won a shed load of trophies. Also add in to the fact that the players obviously loved him and were begging him not to go at the end and I'd say you'd have to be pretty craven not to be pumped about him managing your club.
they had coached and produced from a very young age to play together and in a particular style. Chelsea would be completely different and he'd be daft to take it.
And he only really bought through Busquets and bought Alves.
Alves was signed wasn't he.
Add in Pedro.
He also bought Pique and Caceres I think, the latter of which was largely irrelevant.
I only took a quick glance at what you put, owing to having a job to do.
Anyone for Svennis?
Seems like hopeless mismanagement at best. I don't think anyone was ever under the impression he was going to turn into a brilliant manager, they must have known his time was going to be up as soon as a better alternative arose, seems such a strange time to sack him though.
By what measure was he not the right man for the job?
In 6 months he got the dressing back on side after AVB and led the team to two trophies, one of which Abramovich had spent hundreds of millions trying to get his mitts on, without success.
He has made astute signings that have all settled pretty quickly... granted the defence needed bolstering and they need another striker but there's time for that in January. A month ago they were looking extremely good. One dip in form and he's gone.
Utterly fucking ridiculous decision.
Why would Guardiola touch the job with a barge pole, either now or in the summer!?
They haven't got the most lunch money on the playground anymore...
City's is only marginally better but the differences are negligible - other factors would weigh heavier I'm sure
If I were Guardiola I don't think I'd fancy living in Altrincham or Prestwich for instance
in the same manner that we have been doing in recent seasons. Although we still spent a good chunk of moolah on some bizarre signings I think spending astronomical sums seems to just be between Chelsea and PSG now.
Might get one big transfer a summer but don't think they'll ever spend upwards of 40/50m in a summer. Which again isn't small fry by any means but it's not really massive outlay any more.
Crazy, crazy decision, but, two things...
1) Roberto di Matteo didn't sign any of those players. I doubt any Chelsea manager gets the chance to sign any players nowadays. Not since Mourinho anyway. They know they're going to have a manager a year, it'd be naive to let them dictate transfer policy.
2) Why would Guardiola touch the job? I could give you about eight million reasons a year. (Not that i think he WILL take it. They'll probably get Rafa or Hiddink in short-term, but i wouldn't be surprised if anyone fancied managing the European Champions for about £600k a month, no.
The job they were appointing him to do in the summer is completely different to the one he did as caretaker last season, something which got lost in a sea of 'how can you not give it to him?' bollocks.
And I'm pretty certain he didn't make any of the signings.
A lot of ITK types have speculated that Guardiola is on gardening leave, not a sabbatical, and that Di Matteo took the job full time knowing that it was temporary and that he was essentially just to keep the ship steady for the season.
Benitez does not sound plausible to me, especially in the interim terms he's been mentioned- Di Matteo was essentially an interim, and not doing a bad enough job to be replaced by another interim. Factor in that Benitez has no had a job for a while and has seen ignominious ends to his last few positions severely blacken his reputation and I can't see why he'd be trusted as a go-to man. But then Chelsea do stupid things when it comes to appointing managers.
timing is pretty bad to be without a manager. They've got Man City this weekend!
sacking a manager (if you're sure he's not capable of getting the required results) just before your biggest games of the season could be a masterstroke.
I mean, i think it's a fucking appalling decision, but still, i'm pretty sure a manager would rather go up against Di Matteo than Guardiola, Hiddink, or even Benitez, for differing reasons.
and yet further proof, if any was needed, that football's gone.
Guardiola to City
Some other managers to other clubs
Mark Hughes to stay where he is
that just has a counter totting up the number of managers sacked from West London clubs in the past decade. Think the figure is currently 31. Although true to form it may have risen again by the end of the week.
And we cling on to him!
Longer than Villas-Boas (256), Grant (247) & Scolari (223).
I like facts, ok.
Congrats on the new job btw
Talked into turning down the Ukraine job this week by a certain someone.
Av Grant as Director of Football, probably.
Sure i've seen photos of him at a couple of games, sat alongside Abramovich, pointing out what the team are doing wrong, etc.
16/1 from 66/1, apparently.
and we've got a party on our hands
Be a good match!
are absolutely hilarious. I suppose in good-enough names who would leave their club, there's only Hiddink too.
Please no, guardiola. Though its preferable to him going to man utd or something I suppose.
Absolutely ridiculous decision, like. HOWEVER: half-agree with the post above saying he fluked ever having the job in the first place, so I suppose this was inevitable - in the same way as, hypothetically JT scoring that penalty and Avram getting the job.
the last time Hughes won a match Chelsea hadn't even won the champions league yet.
i'd like to talk about PSG for a bit.
despite going for 20m + then I'm with you.
it doesn't work how i'd like it to though.
But couldn't get rid because of what they won last season. Such a shit club.
I cant rwally rememebr what happened was he a bit rubbish in the league as well last season or did he do well to drag them up to that position?
Averaged 1.7 points per game before and after AVB left. Tbf to Di Matteo, he wrote about 4 of his 11 league games off with team selections that clearly demonstrated where his priorities were. AVB was, as far as I understand, actually trying to win all the games he managed.
'CFC won't sack RDM soon, they will wait until Champions League fate decided and next game vs MCFC'
At least he's consistent.
And still didn't believe this had happened so went to bbc sport to verify. Unbelievable Jeff.
Is Martinez not worth £1 at 100-1?
Roman will go and get a BIG name, first choice will be Pep I reckon. Can see Redknapp getting it though I won't lie.
but this seems monumentally knee jerk and stupid even by our illustrious standards. I think that I would be physically sick if we appoint Benitez.
I'll include Redknapp in that too.
imagine all those people who lumped on Hughes being the next manager gone!
I was surprised that he started this season, really.
You know you're going to get the job at some point.
Guardiola would be stupid to choose them, when he knows both Manchester jobs will be available within the next 7-8 months.
Abramovich is worse than Doug Ellis ever used to be - he really didn't deserve that Champions league victory - a lack of stability should never bring success.
Unless they beat City to the title this year or fluke a European Cup and he sees it as a good chance for an out. Get the impression he relishes the ongoing challenge from City, though. Jumping ship midway through would in no way harm his legacy, but i think he's a bigger man than that.
Mancini will probably only get the boot if City end the season trophyless, which could happen, y'never know.
Guariola (City) v Mourinho (United) will probably happen at some point, but i think it's more likely to be in a couple of years than any time soon.
I wouldn't be surprised if they appointed Nelson Mandela as manager.
Really good-looking blond who used to be top-drawer but then went bobbins after joining Chelsea - Shevchenko?
Chelsea have today parted company with Rafa Benitez, as he hasn't won anything since taking over.
Got it from a mate. Still, thats him outed as a facebook joke recycler. I just recycle jokes recycled from facebook.
might not be a Chelsea fan anymore.
You kept that quiet.
but was there actually an official word? even if it was 'we have parted company with mr di matteo'.
A Start > Recent Documents jobby if ever I saw one. Good job, office intern!
i'm glad i'm not watching.
(i have started to see a bit but ssssh dont tell anyone)
Unless Pep's interest is piqued at the last minute, they would have made arrangements with him... and if they're already hammering something out, then why contact Rafa?
Rafa's yer man, guys.
None of us know what's gone on behind closed doors, but assuming he's set on having his year off then why would he decide anything now when he could just wait till summer and then let the offers flood in?
At least with Benitez's they'd have a viable longterm candidate in place if Guardiola turns them down, unlike last summer
until next summer. Not saying he's taking the Chelsea job now or ever, but it's most likely that his year out is no different to the gardening leave big execs would take when moving between rival companies and that he's had deals and pre-contracts on the table and being considered since May.
So lets say Abramovich had already made plans for him to come to the club next summer, then they found out he was willing to come out of the woodwork sooner rather than later... Why ring up Rafa Benitez at all?
Not ruling him out as a summer target, but if anyone *has* already got him nailed into a contract, I'd say it ain't Chelsea.
is that you read something unconfirmed about Chelsea's managerial situation on a news website and believed it to be true.
honestly, I hope Pep goes to Chelsea. I wouldn't want him at City, and tbh I'm not really that interested in him succeeding Fergie when the time comes around.
Just trying to be realistic.
I think a lot of people will lose a lot of respect for Pep if he goes to Chelsea.
I for one didn't think he'd rock up at one of these vulgar, fur coat and no knickers sort of clubs.
I thought he was nailed on for Man City next year.
He might set up a few practise sackings before then, but it's gonna happen. Don't kid yourself otherwise.
who's the biggest manager he could sack? pep? sir alex? maybe pele?
giving Chelsea the world and more but still occasionally doling out random strikes of unnecessary cruelty, so I'm going to say the Pope.
Obviously he's good, but I think it worked out so well for him because he was a player there and their awesome players would do anything for him.
Not sure this would work out as well at an English club. They need Mourinho back or Fergie. So they're screwed basically. Bet big Mick is gutted he took the Ipswich job a couple of weeks ago now.
a managerial dream team of brave jt, lampard and drogba and save himself all the hassle
going to tear up my invisible season ticket and continue to not go to games :@
What a hilarious 'stunt' by Coral!
(Imagine being the cunt who came up with that)
(I hope you didn't)
Until the end of the season, hey? Wonder who'll that be replacing him then :D
so di matteo was let go due to performances then
The worst day in the club's history. They've fucked the manager and the fans in one fell swoop. Chelsea are beneath contempt.
A fucking nightmare realised.
I don't think he's a bad manager. It's perfectly plausible that he'll do a decent job. But the atmosphere (yeah, leave it out) at Stamford Bridge is going to be toxic for the rest of the season. Getting rid of Di Matteo and replacing him with Benitez is a massive, massive 'fuck you' to virtually every match-going Chelsea fan.
and then realised that for the first time in my life, i actually feel sorry for (some) chelsea supporters. i didn't think that would ever happen.
What an absolute fuckery of a football club we are.
inter was his last job wasn't it? didn't exactly cover himself with glory there in his short spell. began their decline which stramaccioni's only just managing to turn around.
Liverpool and Chelsea fans are both gutted by this news. It doesn't get much better.
Something's in the air
I'm in a slow mood.
and some think he inherited that side and then left it in a worse state.
its not pep.
Which will be magnificent for everyone else to watch.
and that's the funniest thing i've ever heard
and sacking a club legend to bring in his beloved Rafa is doing enough to support him, really. I suggest a kit change and relocation to fucking Wallasey or some shithole like that.
is even if Chelsea were planning to bring in someone else at the end of the season, why sack Di Matteo now and bring in an 'interim' manager?
Surely it would have made more sense just to have kept Di Matteo on in the meantime? I mean they're hardly doing badly in the League (last weekend's result notwithstanding) and it's almost certainly too late for Benitez to make any difference as far as the Champions league is concerned.
but really it just saddens me, ok it's Chelsea this week, but it has been/will be other clubs in the future
but the fact is, they were pretty much doing alright anyway. And he certainly hasn't been appointed to bring the attractive football.
Pretty weird. It's so completely sideways that I can barely whip up any schadenfreude. Only puzzlement
The board have decided to sack a club legend who won us the Champions League, and replace him with a guy the fans have made it abundantly clear they hate. Basically a massive fuck you to all the match-going fans to appease the 'new fanbase' from Singapore who buy all the Torres shirts.
It doesn't even remotely fit in with Abramovich's 'attacking football' philosophy either- in fact it contradicts it completely. Doesn't make any sense.
So pissed off.