Is this the first good decision by Abramovich? It sure looks like it!
Posted 2012-March-05, 04:23
Posted 2012-March-05, 16:43
No it's just a general observation. I don't follow soccer at all. But presumably the guy had some record of success before being hired and didn't suddenly become incompetent later.
Posted 2012-March-06, 08:03
Seriously though, if you take on a new manager you should give them at least 2 years unless they are absolutely not up to the job. And if they are not up to the job then improve your interview process! Firing a manager after such a short time says more about the people in charge of running a club than it does about the manager himself imho. If you want to see a really badly run (top league) club this season then I suggest looking at Hertha Berlin...
Posted 2012-March-06, 09:32
John Terry has proved himself many times to be a fine footballer and on the pitch captain, but a pretty poor excuse for a human being off it (racism allegations including admitting saying "I didn't call you a black **** I called you a f****** k*******", the Perroncel affair, charging thousands of pounds for an unofficial tour of the training ground etc).
Ashley Cole is not much better "£26K a week, that's an insult" or words to that effect and lots of serial philandering.
The only thing that indicates to me that AVB wasn't up to the job, is that he fell out with Frank Lampard, who is a consummate professional albeit towards the end of his career and not as dynamic as he used to be.
Throw in the owner buying Torres and telling AVB to play him when Torres's style is completely wrong for the style AVB wanted to play and you get a mess, but Abramovich's doing more than AVB's.
Posted 2012-March-06, 11:15
and Avram Grant was the best manager in the history of Chelsea.
however, Grant was not the best manager in the history of English football.