The managerial merry-go-round is in full swing mainly concerning WHO will replace Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea. It seems in recent weeks everyone with a managerial background has been linked with the Chelsea job from the big guns like Mourinho and Guardiola to the manager of local supermarkets it seems!
Some of these links have been about as unrealistic as the manager of Tesco taking over at the Bridge. Honestly, can Chelsea afford to take a risk on another ‘big name’ or should this money be put to better use. Here is why I believe Roberto Di Matteo deserves a chance to go where so many others have failed.
Considering Chelsea spent nearly £30m sacking Ancelotti and appointing AVB can Chelsea afford to pay yet another big release fee?
Chelsea announced a £70.9m loss in January last year so I ask isn’t the financial stability of the club more important than appointing an expensive manager who may or may not be successful?
Di Matteo will cost Chelsea NOTHING except the wage he was already being paid as an assistant coach. His wage may increase but it will not cost Chelsea nothing like £13m release clause and mega-bucks on wages. Di Matteo’s wages will not reach the limits of say Benitez who is also a free option – but Chelsea fans have made it clear they don’t want – meaning that the only way Di Matteo will ever claim huge money is if he is successful and earns it.
Understanding of the club
Di Matteo spent 6 glorious years as a player at Stamford Bridge – his only English club – meaning for Chelsea it’s as good as having a fan run the team. He understands the running of the club, the players and the expectation levels at the club.
An outside manager – with the exception of Mourinho – will never feel as passionately about the club and results as Di Matteo or another former Chelsea legend.
Di Matteo has only been in charge for 7 matches – winning 5 (including crucial CL matches), drawing 1 and losing 1 – but has already shown his tactical know-how and proved he can get the best out of ‘ageing’ players.
He took over during a period of crisis at Chelsea and I’m sure with the help of his backroom staff and some of the senior players has managed to steer the Chelsea ship back on course. Despite qualification for the Champions League looking increasingly unlikely this was down to the poor run of form earlier in the season and Di Matteo is not responsible for this. He is responsible however for the tremendous run in the Champions League where Chelsea continue to fly the flag for English football.
Everyone says football management is a results business, so judging Di Matteo on his results alone he deserves the job full-time, thats not to mention his team selections and motivational skills which have also been excellent.
Is Di Matteo the right man to kind Chelsea through this period of transition?
Until he is given the chance we’ll never know, but at a club where, by in large, the buying and selling of players is out of the managers hands then whoever takes over will not be solely responsible for guiding the club through transition but more responsible for getting the best out of the players that remain and the new players that come in.
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