Let’s all take a moment to remember our club, Chelsea FC, whose passing away was confirmed on 12th March 2016.
Now this may seem a tad harsh, we only lost a match on Saturday. It wasn’t the first loss let’s face it, but it was our only chance of redemption this season.
Redemption this season could have been achieved by at least winning and heading to Wembley in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
Redemption could have been achieved by at least still having a sniff of silverware by mid-March.
To have achieved redemption however it required 11 players and a manager to believe there was still life in the rapidly decomposing corpse that Chelsea had become this season.
6000 fans assembled 220 miles away from home trying desperately to breathe life into the corpse, but regrettably the 11 skilled technicians on the pitch, the ones that could have achieved redemption, failed to show the same passion and desire as the fans and allowed Chelsea FC to feebly slip away.
The official post mortem will return a verdict of death by unknown causes, so I will leave that to the so called experts to gleefully pick over, but as always I have my own opinion and as always I will give it!
Everybody and every institution needs at least 2 things for it to grow and thrive……..
Heart and soul.
The heart and soul of every club is it’s fans.
Chelsea Football Club has lost contact with it’s heart and soul.
I’m all too aware that the game has changed so the days of players wandering down the King’s Road and having a few pints with the fans after a game have sadly long gone. Nowadays if you want to meet a player you have to attend a melee at the superstore to spend 15 seconds having their latest book signed, or pay a fortune at an “evening with” session in the vain hope of being able to take a poorly lit selfie with your hero.
Social media is the closest 99.99% of our fans can feel they “know” our players and club these days, a sign of the times and the only practical solution you may say, so why oh why is Chelsea’s twitter account run by a PR team! It’s not even run by anyone associated with our club. It’s been shipped out to the highest bidder or cheapest provider, an anonymous company with no love for our club. This PR company didn’t even recognise our 111th birthday this week, not one tweet about it!!!!
I don’t want to bleat about the “good old days” but ………………
Back in the day when bucket collections were the main source of survival fans felt part of our club, I felt as though I was doing something to help our club continue, the club and the fans were as one. I felt as though I was helping pay a player’s wage and that player in return was playing for the fans and for me.
Nowadays when you buy a replica shirt do you feel as though you are helping the club survive? Do you feel as though the players that you are helping to pay their wages feel the same?
Who are Chelsea’s leaders?
Every institution, be it a large conglomerate or a 2 man operation operating from a garden shed, needs leadership, a focal point for the business and customers (God I hate that word) to respond to and interact with.
On paper, off the pitch of course it is Roman Abramovich, but in reality is it?
Does Roman really make the decisions these days or does he merely appoint people to make the decisions for him?
Roman for all his financial successes, and yes that does include Chelsea, seems to be inept at appointing the right people to make those decisions when it comes to taking Chelsea forward on the pitch.
Despite football being a business these days it still has certain peculiarities unique to it, and that is where our club is failing miserably. Continuity is essential for any club to be a success on the pitch and is crucially lacking at Stamford Bridge.
Numerous managers have come and gone with short term success (and failure) without any long term plan ever being put in place. They can’t all have been wrong can they?
The transfer policy during Roman’s tenure has been nothing short of chaotic with millions wasted on journeymen and ineffective prospects which, when coupled with a scattergun youth policy and selling for big money has left the current team at its weakest for over a decade.
Just who is responsible for this madness?
Is it the same person who decided that once a player hits 30 he is over the hill and can only be given a 1 year deal? This has caused us to lose our on the pitch leaders too, players like Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and now our John Terry all cast or being cast aside because of the rule that anyone approaching 30 was past it! The fitness of players these days means that when handled correctly they can easily play into their mid 30s at the very top level, all this rule has done is to rip out the heart and soul and leadership from our club.
Is it the same person who this season has seen us sign/loan the likes of Baba, Falcao, Hector, Miazga, Djilobodji and Pato, and sell/release the likes of Ramires, Luis, Cech, Drogba and Moses and is now going to let John Terry go for free?
How has this person still got a job?
Has he got pictures of Roman?
On the pitch it is a similar story, the players appear to be playing for themselves and not for our club. How else can this season’s performances be explained? How can a team become so short of confidence so suddenly?
I’ll tell you how! If your only leader on the pitch suffers a dip in form and confidence who is there to support him? In Chelsea’s case absolutely no-one.
John Terry suffered his worst start to the season along with virtually every one else. Who was there to put an arm round him and help pick him up? No-one.
No-one, the likes of Lampard, Cech and Drogba had all been chucked onto the scrapheap by Mr. Anonymous in charge of the transfer policy.
Jose Mourinho had also been consigned to the same scrapheap with the summer transfer inactivity, almost constructive dismissal in my eyes!
Did this cause the almost mutinous reaction from the players? Did this make them realise Jose wouldn’t be around for too long and therefore didn’t have to push themselves beyond the limit any more?
With no heartbeat and no leadership, it’s going to lose its soul.
And so the death of Chelsea FC began.
R.I.P Chelsea FC.
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Future blogs will be more light hearted……….. I promise!