Chelsea comment: Abramovich is like a spoilt child as Man Utd and Man City didn’t sack their managers after Champions League failures

13:19 21 November 2012

Chelsea

Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich. Photo credit: Rebecca Naden/PA wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leading up to Christmas my mother would recite a tale about a young boy who was spoilt by his father after receiving all his presents before the big day.

The boy was so indulged that before long he had nothing left to receive.

Of course, if the boy had bided his time - and not been given what he wanted straight away - he would have built an understanding of each toy and loved each one for its individual allure.

Chelsea are now looking for their ninth manager in the nine years after Roberto Di Matteo’s sacking on Wednesday following a run of results that “have not been good enough”.

Chelsea’s run in that time stands at eight games, two wins, two draws and four losses.

The parallels between the spoilt child and the Russian oligarch run stronger than ever with just over a month until December 25.

Since Jose Mourinho was fired in 2007 each of Roman’s last four managers have lasted between seven to eight months.

Di Matteo reached 262 days in the hot seat before Roman grew impatient - five more days than Andre Villas-Boas and 15 more days than Avram Grant.

The Italian fared better than Luiz Felipe Scolari who completed just 223 before being dispensed with.

Managers were given funds to buy who ever they wanted; Scolari was in the market for Deco and Robinho, Villas-Boas set his sights on Gary Cahill and Edinson Cavani and Di Matteo targeted Eden Hazard but was also considering the signing of Radamel Falcao for a reported £48m.

The levels of glee and excitement were at fever pitch amongst Chelsea fans as each manager was announced.

One can only imagine how eagerly Roman rubbed his roubles together behind the scenes.

So what impact is each dismissal having on a club that became European Champions for the first time six months ago?

The club are making little progress. In fact, arguably, they have remained static since RDM’s arrival in March.

They are teetering on the brink of Champions League elimination and are currently embroiled in another rather embarrassing race row.

It sounds all too familiar doesn’t it?

Last season saw both Manchester clubs exit at the group stage, yet, there was little mention of either Roberto Mancini nor Sir Alex Ferguson losing their job.

With Ferguson at the helm, Manchester United, have been knocked out at the group stages three times in 1995, 2006, and 2011.

But, nonetheless, the legendary Scottish manager has remained at the club to win Europe’s most coveted competition twice.

Manchester City have experienced another rough year, sitting bottom of Group D with two points out of possible 12 with their destiny out of their hands.

However, while Abramovich has wielded his axe again, the possibility of Mancini being fired seems unlikely as he took his side to the summit of English football just six months ago.

As the dust settles on another bygone era talk has already swung to who will replace Di Matteo.

Rafa Benitez, Pep Guardiola and ex-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp are the bookmakers’ favourites for the role.

But market prices grow much longer after those three.

For loyal supporters this is an agonising time. Not only have they just seen the swift sacking of a club legend, but where do Chelsea turn now?

The toyshop is looking rather bare.

Related articles


Live Blog Transfer Window Live July 28

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Chelsea news

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Petr Cech of Arsenal looks on (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger believes goalkeeper Petr Cech could still play at the top level for six years with Arsenal.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
There were worries about Diego Costa and his hamstring but the striker trained fully on Friday. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Diego Costa handed Jose Mourinho a Community Shield injury boost as he was photographed training with his Chelsea team-mates ahead of Sunday’s Wembley clash against Arsenal.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Jack Wilshere of Arsenal takes on Nathaniel Clyne but should either be in your fantasy team?  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Having problems making that £100m Fantasy Premier League kitty stretch? Finding yourself stuck with Diego Poyet instead of Diego Costa? Then read the first of our fantasy football season previews.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho has revealed one of his techniques on the training ground that fires up his Chelsea players.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Clinton N'Jie of Lyon (Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images)

All the latest news and transfer rumours from our London clubs as we enter the final month of the window.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more