|The embarrassment and elegance of being a Chelsea fan
Probably the worst piece of news I could get today after the Juventus loss. Roberto Di Matteo getting sacked makes absolutely no sense. From a man who won Chelsea their first Champions League and 7th FA Cup, to a person who deep inside, hates the club he once played for with all his heart.
As a Chelsea supporter, I always envied the stability of other clubs. You could sleep that after a horrible loss and not fear the fate of your manager the next day. Chelsea fans meanwhile, need to stay up in fear of missing the news that their manager is no more after the Roman artillery is fired.
It’s not just about winning trophies. Have you seen Arsenal fans every grumble too much about what’s happening at their club? One small loss at Stamford Bridge, and you have the entire Chelsea “so-called” faithful fans around the world wanting someone’s head. Thats not what football’s all about.
To be honest, I feel sick inside. If we just go one season, without sacking a manager, it would be an outright miracle. I just want to see someone stay for a long period of time. Even if our new manager doesn’t win trophies, I’ll be more than happy if he stays on.
Though as much as we can criticize the Chelsea board and the owner, do not forget that Chelsea would not be as global and successful as they are today if Roman did not buy us. No matter what he does, he does it only to see the club prosper. You can call him a spoilt kid throwing out his toys, but everytime a toy is seen hurling out the window, prosperity has followed.
I will not be happy until someone of Di Matteo’s stature takes over Chelsea. Forget world-class manager’s, I want someone who has played for Chelsea or is a Stamford Bridge favorite Why would you want Benitez and Guardiola, when you’ve mocked them before? Someone like Zola, Poyet, Wise, Eddie or Mourinho can bring back the smile on my face, no one else can.
It’s horrible for Di Matteo after giving his all, to be treated like that is just plain shameful. It’s like everyone’s forgotten about his past and what he has done for the club as a player and manager and showed him the door.
To break it down into two parts, Chelsea will now get a manager either for a short while or for a long term. What I can’t understand is, if Di Matteo had won or drawn at Turin, was he good enough for the Chelsea post?
His record as Chelsea’s manager stands at 24 wins, 9 draws and 9 losses. If Chelsea go for a manager to be hired for a long term, who exactly will be willing to take up the post? Much more to be seen as things slowly uncover in front of our eyes.
For all I hope, this will pan out as a very interesting, emotional and exciting season for Chelsea Football Club.Sherry Philips (@bluebloodSherry), Deputy Editor