Chelsea have had a vast selection of managers in recent times. It is no secret that Roman Abramovich is cutthroat in his business, however, could he have possibly remained patient with some of his previous selections? In a road map towards Champions League success, the Chelsea owner has made some historical changes to the West London club; he has been extremely successful in the process.
Chelsea football club has now become a force within Europe holding two Champions League titles, five league titles, two Europa League titles, five FA Cups, and one Super League cup – but sacrifices were made in the process. Let’s deep dive into my top 3 crazy sackings during the Abramovich era.
3. Felipe Scolari
Often forgotten about in conversation, Felipe Scolari had a tough time as Chelsea manager. The former World Cup winner was let go from Chelsea football club after just nine months in charge. Shocking. He was not permitted enough time to create an impact with his squad and maybe help them get one step closer to winning the Champions League.
The beginning of Scolari’s reign was clean in results. It took 13 games before he would register his first loss as the Blue’s manager. Liverpool had beaten Chelsea by the narrow margin of 1-0 and it was a turbulent ride from there. Chelsea suffered losses to Arsenal and Roma however it was not enough to warrant a sacking before the new year.
Turning into 2009, Scolari’s men were met with defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool within a month – and that where all hell broke loose.
Its kind of ironic, Chelsea’s position in the Premier League was not under threat as they sat 4th of the table right before Scolari was dismissed. They had also just made it past the 6th round of the FA Cup following Nicolas Anelka’s hat-trick in a 3-1 win against Watford. To top it off, Chelsea was also comfortably through to the round of 16 in the Champions League. So what warranted Scolari’s dismissal so early on in the season?
According to the club’s website at the time Chelsea sacked Scolari “to maintain a challenge for the trophies we are still competing for.”
Very weird. Sir Alex Ferguson was not sold on the matter. He was as confused as many others in the footballing world. He said,
“It is a sign of the times,” Ferguson told MUTV.
“There is absolutely no patience in the world now. There was the great expectation at Chelsea that they were going to do well this year – and it is only this last month they have had a bad spell.
“The judgment really is only on the last month.”
2. Carlo Ancelotti
This sacking goes down in history as one of the most confusing dismissals a Chelsea fan has ever witnessed.
Two years, one Premier League trophy, one FA Cup trophy no Champions League trophy. The desire to win the Champions League became a search for a pot of gold for Abramovich.
Winning the Premier League and the FA cup in 2010 was enough to forgive Carlo Ancelotti for losing to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan in the round of 16 Champions League draw. He may not have delivered on the major prize but he produced one of the Premier League’s most attacking sides in history. He managed Chelsea to become the first team in the League to score over 100 when his side managed 103 goals in a season.
The next season was not quite as successful. Rumour has it that Ancelotti had problems with the big boss when it came to the style of play. According to Ancelotti’s autobiography, Preferisco la Coppa, it was said that Abramovich was unsatisfied with Chelsea and had a vision for a much more beautiful Barcelona style of football.
Ancelotti’s side was anything but that. It was a shame to see the ex Chelsea boss get sacked. It still remains a baffling topic for many Blues fans but not as baffling as Jose Mourinho’s first stint at Stamford Bridge.
1. Jose Mourinho
José Mourinho had won it all – well almost. It took spending hundreds of millions of pounds over a course of transfer windows however thanks to Mourinho, Roman Abramovich secured three English trophies; Back-to-back title wins, two League Cups, and an FA cup.
It wasn’t enough for the Russian as he needed to find a route to Champions League glory. He wanted to bring home the big ears, and that’s when Mourinho’s tenure began to fall apart.
When you think of Chelsea you think of Jose Mourinho. Flashbacks of the special one ring in your mind. His short black curly hair, blue shirt, and strong Portuguese accent. For many years after his departure, fans sang praises of his name in stadiums. Fans wanted him back before he had even left the UK. There was a strong bond between fan and manager, so why did he leave?
There are so many rumours surrounding this debacle. Some say he fell out with Abramovich, others say the purchase of Andriy Shevchenko left sore wounds for the current Roma boss. Some say he had spent too much money to not win the Champions League by now. It all circles back to the fact that Roman Abramovich was in dire need of quick success. Success meant winning the Champions League by all means necessary. He wanted to complete his beautiful collection of silverware and maybe Jose Mourinho had enough. Jose and the club parted ways based on “mutual consent”.
I’m left with a feeling of what could have been.
Source by Football London