Time for Roman to call it a day.

by admin

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
 

A newbie to dexy’s ranks, I thought I’d come in with a bang – well sort of. This season’s been one of the strangest in recent memory. Gone are the stoic battles between two or maybe three formidable outfits – we now have about 6 teams in the top rung of our league, all of which could realistically challenge for top spot over the next decade. There also seems to be a strange shift in how our game is being run, administered, played and presented to us. Maybe it started with Sky, in what seems a bygone age when Shearer had hair. Player’s wages and egos grew from this point, but we got a real sense of things to come in June 2003, when Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea Football Club.

I’ll add in here that I’m a Chelsea fan. Not really sure how this came about – my granddad had a season ticket at Stamford Bridge back in the day, but my dad (his son) turned out to become a Utd fan. In the absence of being born in the vicinity of a top-flight club, we usually follow our old man’s footsteps. Whilst I didn’t follow suit, what cannot be argued is that when this club, for whatever reason is chosen, it can’t be altered. You grow up with the club, learn their history, revel in victory and despair in defeat.

I was happy in my Vialli no.9 Autoglass shirt, two sizes too big for me. I thought we were happy with our a bit higher than mid table mediocrity, a little stab at European glory with our 1998 Cup Winners Cup win. Fast forward a few years and we’re winning the league with a record 95 points. All eyes were on us and Jose, the Premier League’s most exciting and controversial addition – We’ve not realised how much we miss him. Why do you think we all latched on to Ian Holloway since? Football needs a slice of personality in a time when business and money is more important than history and the beautiful game itself.

This came to an abrupt end in September 2007 when Jose, our most successful manager in history bringing back to back league titles after a 50 year drought, was ousted – in what now seems a fairly regular occurrence. This is where things began to unravel. People always said that Abramovich would get bored of his new toy, he’d up sticks and pull his money right from underneath West London, and toddle off back to Russia. I fear that he offers even greater threat to our club in the coming years though. I’ll note now that I’m not in any way suggesting he should’ve never arrived in England in the first place. We’ve enjoyed a fantastic few years all thanks to his personal wealth, and he’s given Chelsea football club a status we otherwise don’t really deserve. We’ve not the history of the likes of Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal. Not even Everton or Villa. But we do have a history, our history (winning a European Cup Winners Cup in 1971 before there were any European trophies on Merseyside that I feel Roman understands nothing of.

This relentless pursuit of the Champions League and the current business model of the requirement of immediate results, not to mention the desire for risky marquee signings with obscene price tags adds up to bad news for the club. I guess it technically began with the sacking of Ranieri, but then came the shocking mistake of getting rid of Jose Mournihio. Since then we’ve had and gotten rid of Grant, Scolari, Hiddink and Ancelotti, and two other crucial assets – Steve Clarke and Ray Wilkins. The names of Shevchenko and Torres complete a series of mistake after mistake by Roman and the Chelsea board, and highlight their ineptitude at running a football club.

I can’t understand why the board with Roman at the helm fail to grasp the simplest of things. Like sacking the assistant manager after an incredible start to the season, who was an integral translation link between manager and players, not to mention a respected character from the club’s past. How about spending £50 million on a marquee superstar in a frantic final day of the January transfer window, when said marquee star looked in a torrid run of form which had stemmed from before the previous world cup. Clearly lessons from Shevchenko had been blindly ignored. So what instead? A winger would be nice – Malouda doesn’t provide enough width, and Ashley Cole is a defender who lacks any form of a decent contribution in the final third. A creative midfielder maybe, in the mould of Sneijder? Someone we can think of moulding the team around to start the process of phasing out Super Frank. Start the young un’s, and if not a load of them regularly, at least McEachren, he looks comfortable enough to start upping his responsibilities. There, three things that I guarantee most football fans can clearly see, but some out of touch businessmen clearly can’t.

Before I risk accusation of having done next to no research, I’ve no idea of the financial implications tied with Abramovich upping and leaving, before you comment. But as a business model, the club doesn’t look particularly stable. You only have to begrudgingly look to the North of London to Arsenal, who from shrewd planning and investment, look stable with their new stadium and low relatively low wage bills / player spends. No, there’s no trophy to show for 6 years, but does anybody really think that Arsenal won’t be there or thereabout in 3, 5 or 10 years time? They’ll always be close, and it’ll come at some point. The future looks a bit bleaker for the Chelsea. I can only see a future of poor decisions; wasted money and endless p45’s and compensation pay offs with Roman as the owner. It’s been good, and all, but it’s time to go.

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  • Sir Cecil

    Why waste our time with such drivel? What a pity the Internet gives a voice to writers of such worthless tripe as this “article”.

  • http://twitter.com/andyha_ Andy

    Totally agree, I feel sorry for the loyal Chelsea fans who have been there since the dark days. Yes, there is now money and success, but you feel that it has come at a cost: the stripping away of Chelsea’s identity and soul. Managers now come and go every season or two and there is nothing for supporters to relate to. The club is now just a rich man’s play-thing.

  • GIA

    I hope you are kidding mate… cos at some point I thought you were being serious

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    Quality blog, and written from the heart. Something Foreign investors don’t have!

  • Nicky..

    What a load of rubbish… what team do you really support?..

  • elcynico

    I’m sick of the Abramovich sycophants. There were two (maybe even 3) other interested parties when he bought Chelsea. And they wouldn’t have gone to the wall, not for £30 million when the land they stand on is worth many times that. The debt would have been rolled over. Abramovich is no genius, he’s a Russian oligarch & look at who the rest of them are. Geniuses? In the City they used to be called barrow boys – polite term. He’s done some good things – the training field – but his meddling is the reason why he hasn’t got the trophy he wants above all others. The nicest thing I can say about him is he’s better than Bates.

  • Michael

    What a terrible article by someone who has absolutely no clue about football or finance, and no respect for what Roman has done for the club. If Roman left this club would collapse, just because Roman walks out doesnt mean all the contracts are torn up. We would still owe the players there wages, with no way to pay. We would never end up with a new stadium to build for the future. All the kids who signed up to Chelsea would suddenly find themselves in a club without the resources to keep them. You want us to be the next Leeds united ?….Disgusting article, you should give it up now. Absolute crap, go find a clue. Your either an Arsenal fan or a complete tool.

  • Bob

    Typical anti-Chelsea drivel. Mate, I think it’s you that should call it a day on your writing career. Oh btw, you’re not fooling anyone with your “I’m a Chelsea fan” statement.

  • Travis Bickle

    We do really get these ridiculous articles during off-season. Mate get a job or something. You are making a lot of non-sense.

  • WhiteWall

    That’s perhaps the biggest pile of rubbish I’ve ever read about Chelsea on the Internet. I can assure you that this view is not held by the majority of Chelsea fans and thank god for that.

    My money is on him being a silly sour Gooner by the way.

  • J D Smith

    As a Chelsea supporter since 1947 (yes i am an old fart)
    Reading the article of Joshue Moore, I disgree with the other guys saying Quote It was the biggest rubbish article they have ever read.
    Yes, it is a bit over the top but it also has a few grains of truth inbedded within it. Mr Abromovitch and his zillions have saved our club from bankruptcy and also given us some great silverware.
    However, he in my opinion has such a blind necessity to win the Champs League. If he would only let the managers take the time to build a team over a few years then success in that tournament would come. The mass sackings of those managers has made the club look like it is managed by a third rate company board. The only guys I personally agree with their sacking are Grant, Scollari and to a much lesser extent Mourinho – mainly because he in my opinon slurred our reputation by his antics and his huge arrogance.
    Our club was a second favourite of many other clubs fans and respected nationally. Please Mr Abromovitch give the new manager time to create a team to make us proud and dont treat Chelsea like the were a national insurance company or something of that nature. If it carries on like this then noone will in the future want to be employed by you. At the moment we have a board of yes men, because if they dont tow the line their out.

  • J D Smith

    As a Chelsea supporter since 1947 (yes i am an old fart)
    Reading the article of Joshue Moore, I disgree with the other guys saying Quote It was the biggest rubbish article they have ever read.
    Yes, it is a bit over the top but it also has a few grains of truth inbedded within it. Mr Abromovitch and his zillions have saved our club from bankruptcy and also given us some great silverware.
    However, he in my opinion has such a blind necessity to win the Champs League. If he would only let the managers take the time to build a team over a few years then success in that tournament would come. The mass sackings of those managers has made the club look like it is managed by a third rate company board. The only guys I personally agree with their sacking are Grant, Scollari and to a much lesser extent Mourinho – mainly because he in my opinon slurred our reputation by his antics and his huge arrogance.
    Our club was a second favourite of many other clubs fans and respected nationally. Please Mr Abromovitch give the new manager time to create a team to make us proud and dont treat Chelsea like the were a national insurance company or something of that nature. If it carries on like this then noone will in the future want to be employed by you. At the moment we have a board of yes men, because if they dont tow the line their out.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    get over yourselves guys, the man speaks sense, Chelsea are nothing more than a project by a very selfish spoilt man who has nothing better to do with his money than play with a little West London football club. Without him, that’s exactly what you are. I would put at least 10 clubs way ahead of you in size. Newcastle, Villa, Forest, Spuds, Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, United, City & Leeds.

    The fact is your team has ever less soul than it ever had before.

    Hand on heart, are you 100% happy with the way you have won recent trophies?

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    all the people saying this is a rubbish article have probably only been supporting them for 10 years, case rested

  • Groundsy

    An article written for the fans, by a fan. How many of the haters here support Chelsea? Yes, the club were hovering around the boarders of mediocrity before Abramovich arrived, and consecutive league titles would have seemed beyond the realms of possibility. But the fact a Chelsea fan has voiced his concerns over Roman’s business model is telling – and proves values and etiquette are still a vital component of our game. Yes you can throw money at countless players and managers in order to climb the football pyramid, but – in all honesty – how many of the Man City squad would honestly care if they weren’t at the club at the end of next season (see Tevez, Adebayor, Boateng as just three examples). The fact neighbours United have had continued success while adhering to a decent code of conduct merely adds salt to Eastlands’ wounds. Ferguson regularly visits the players’ families and adds countless personal touches to make sure the deals he wants go through (I’m lead to believe he sent Steven Defour a hand-written letter when he suffered a broken foot wishing him well in his recovery a couple of seasons ago when he wanted him at the club). Yes there’s every chance if Roman hadn’t got involved, Chelsea wouldn’t have won the trophies they have in recent years. But, in five years time, when he has got board of his latest fad, the new financial fair play rules are in place, and Chelsea are falling like a stone, it is the fans who ultimately suffer. This is why, Sir Cecil, the internet ‘gives a voice to writers of such worthless tripe’.

  • http://www.joshmooreblog.com Joshua Moore

    ‘Travis Bickle’ – thanks for that inspired insight, didn’t realise it’s the off season. Yes we get ridiculous articles fromt he end of May until August- your point being?!
    ‘Michael’ – I did point out that I’d done next to no research on the club’s, nor Roman’s finances. But I do know that year after year we’ve recorded huge losses. These men can be forgiven for their lack of football insight, but they’re meant to be smart with the financial side of things, surely?! I get your reference to Leeds, and Portsmouth are another example, but there are surely a plethora of willing investors out there who’d jump at the chance to take over while we’re in this position. I just don’t want him to bring the club down for another 10 years, and then choose to pull the plug, with no way of recovery.
    Nothing would make me happier than to be proved wrong. Fernando actually making an impact, paying Barca back for the disgusting way in which they cheated through to the CL final two years ago, getting over JT’s moment that never was.
    Let’s put this to rest and see what actually does happen.

  • Adam

    Well said Josh!

    I’m a Gooner, but I have time for Chelsea. I agree with most of what you have said – but Arsenal now are no longer the ‘safe and steady ship’ as before with Usmanov and Kroenke getting involved. A lot of Gooners are not happy with them, but that’s another story.

    What would be worrying is if Roman gets bored and walks – Chelsea would be liquidated overnight. So maybe it’s a case of you have to keep him, despite the fact he behaves like a spoilt Russian brat.

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