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!

Who is responsible for Liverpool’s disastrous season?

This past Sunday saw the once mighty Liverpool play a newly promoted team Blackpool. If you recall, during this game, the home crowd could be heard chanting the words “Daglish, Daglish, Daglish!”. To make matters worse, the coach himself admitted that Liverpool’s plight near the foot of the Barclays Premier League Standings was ‘unacceptable’. As stated in an earlier post, this is a team that has a lot of issues and reminds me of the mighty “Leeds United” before relegation.

It has been a torrid first two months of the season for the recently appointed manager which all began with a Carling Cup humiliation at the hands of Northampton. Now with Sunday’s defeat this leaves the five-time European champions in the relegation zone. Hodgson’s coaching C.V. may stretch back 34 years and be decorated with no fewer than 13 trophies, but there were still misgivings in some quarters over his appointment to succeed Rafa Benitez at Anfield.
I am one of those that were against him being given the job at the Kop.
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