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February 23, 2012

Why Chelsea should stick with AVB (rant)

Building a successful team takes time, there, I said it. It seems that in the modern game, if things aren’t going right, it must be the manager’s fault, and therefore should be sacked right? Wrong.

This isn’t FIFA on the Xbox, you can’t just pick players from other teams, bring them in and expect everything to be smooth as a baby’s backside.
Managers need time to re-train a team to play and think like they want, some players will be more adaptable than others and others will be so stuck in their own ways the only thing to do is sell them to a club with more money than they know what to do with.

AVB needs time (and a shit by the looks of things)

A manager can only do so much, and when a player goes out on the pitch and makes a mistake, the manager seems to gets the blame. I need to remember this one next time I delete a load of files at work, just because I did it, it must have been my boss’ fault.

Chelsea fans need to get real, the squad they have at the moment is not good enough to be challenging for the title but for some reason because they have money and an impatient owner, they think it is their divine right to be challenging every year, and if they are not, then it must be the manager’s fault.

If you want to bring in a new young manager to bring a load of new young players into the squad, you have to give him time to the damn job.

Every day there seems to be some comment from Chelsea fans about getting a new manager, or pundits saying “is AVB’s time up”? Fans seem to know about how the manager is with the players day in day out on the training field and in the dressing room and as a man, funny that, maybe they can tell me about the lottery numbers for next week? It is absolute BS, give him a few seasons to make a difference. The last few Chelsea managers haven’t really done much with the squad because it was good enough, now it is getting old and things have to change. Unless of course you have a team of 11 Marty McFlys.

Is AVB a good manager? Well, only time will tell, not that he will get it at Chelsea..

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One Comment

  1. CG

    They should stick with him because he can get them playing football. If he gets the players on his side (or ships out the old egos, Cole, JT etc.), players who are willing to listen to new ideas with an open mind, Abramovich might get the stylish play he couldn’t get with Jose. 

    Watching Porto against Man City showed what AVB is trying to do – they played some incredible possession football, patient and penetrative but lacked the killer finishing touch. A player like Torres was when he was sharp could have torn Man City to shreds. But they were also exposed at the back – defending so high against a team with the players City have is naive and AVB probably has a thing or two to learn about defending in the EPL. 

    Someone like him could also teach the young England players that it’s not all about kick and rush, playing at 100mph and bullying the opposition into submission. Then England might not get found out on the international stage so often. 

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