Editor’s Note: Avram Grant was fired by Chelsea today as a torturous period for the manager came to an end. He’s put on a brave face, carried himself with grace and dignity and performed better than anyone expected him to. He’s managed to hold Chelsea together – no matter how good the players and the support staff are, some credit is due to the manager as well – in a time of turmoil and in the process has borne the brunt of criticism sent Chelsea’s way.
With his dismissal Chelsea have signaled their intent to win trophies next season, and are on their way to carrying out Max’s 5-step plan (having already completed the first step today).
The Chelsea front office cannot pretend to be happy. They lost the league. They lost the Carling Cup. They lost the Champions League. Talk about a tumultuous season. Chelsea is always the first team to change course (Mourinho gone after less than two months of the season), and they need a major change of direction right now. Peter Kenyon needs to read this article, because this is the plan that will make my beloved Chelsea better than United:
Avram Grant out (Done)
Whatever you think of Avram Grant, he has failed to win trophies, and the players will not rally around him. His Carling Cup final fiasco was a harbinger of things to come. Grant looked like the village idiot for leaving Michael Ballack and Joe Cole on the bench; two of his most consistent players all year. His only signing, Nicolas Anelka, has criticized him for his tactical mistakes in the Champions league final. I knew that Grant was in trouble the moment Didier Drogba was seen listening to his Ipod on the sidelines during a game. I have great respect for Grant for the efforts he has made, and he did it with intense scrutiny in the wake of Mourinho leaving, but it is time for a new manager.
Editor’s note – this article was written before Grant was fired by Chelsea. Maybe Kenyon on the same wavelength?
Frank Rijkaard in
Chelsea desperately need a manager with the ability to attract players, as well as the experience to attain the Champions League title. Rijkaard can do both of those things. He won the Champions League with Barcelona, and can bring big names to Chelsea. Rijkaard is also a man around whom the Chelsea squad can rally around. Rijkaard was able to successfully phase out the old guard at Barcelona, basing the team around new players like Ronaldinho, Deco, Edmilson, and Eto’o. If he comes to Chelsea, he will need to clear out some players, and bring in some new stars. Rijkaard has the experience Chelsea is looking for, and he is a manager that garners respect where ever he goes.
Didier Drogba out
Let’s face it, Drogba is a terrific player, but he does not fit in at Chelsea. Drogba has been in a sour mood ever since Mourinho left, and this has manifested itself in the Ipod incident, and the red card in the Champions League final. Drogba is one of the best strikers in the world when on form, but he has caused too many problems at Chelsea to stay. He will do great things wherever he goes but he is no longer welcome at Chelsea. AC Milan can have him. I want to thank him for his major contributions to Chelsea, and wish him well at his next destination.
Keep Frank Lampard
After watching the Champions League final, it is evident that we absolutely must keep Frank Lampard. After the death of his mother, Pat Lampard, he has become a new person. The passion and emotion he shows on the field has been incredible. Lampard and Ballack worked magic together in the final month of the season and it would be a huge mistake to let Frank go. As long as Frank plays with the same intensity in the future, he deserves a place on the team for as long as he likes. When I watch Chelsea, it is clear that John Terry is the captain, and Frank Lampard is the heart and soul of the club. The first priority this summer must be keeping Frank Lampard.
Three Fresh Faces
Chelsea needs a few new faces. Their immediate needs are a new left winger, and a new forward. With Drogba out, and no dominant left winger, Chelsea will need to spend money to take care of these problems. Chelsea should court Robinho to play on the left wing. Robinho is someone who plays with incredible flair, something Chelsea has been lacking. Madrid might be willing to listen to offers for the Brazilian, and Chelsea would be the perfect place for him. There are two players Chelsea should sign in order to beef up the forward position next year. The first is David Villa. Villa is a proven scorer, who can fill the void lefty by the departure of Didier Drogba Villa will be available from Valencia, because the club need to raise funds. The final player Chelsea should sign is Sergio Aguero. The nineteen year old is a young star, and he would be a great addition to Chelsea. He would be the backup to Villa, or he could play alongside him. Aguero scored 19 goals in La Liga this year, and would be a great addition to Chelsea.
If Chelsea can do all of these things, then they will be able to push for all four of the possible trophies. The new signings will fit in nicely to a very skilled squad. Chelsea need to move forward, and stake its claim as the best team in England, Europe, and the world.