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Another Managerial Casualty Is Disastrous For Chelsea Youngsters

Monday 5th March 2012
Once again those who ‘run' Chelsea have made us the laughing stock of English football - another manager has been discarded and many perceive it to be extremely harsh. Personally I feel that it was premature, but there was an air of inevitability about it, he may well have lost the dressing room and there was little sign of improvement.

The main error from Roman Abramovich and his cronies was the appointment of Andres Villas-Boas in the first place. They mistakenly believed that this young and stylish manager was the perfect man to instil widespread changes at the club, to phase out the old guard and bring in a new generation of talent. However, AVB's youthfulness conspired to be his main weakness.

To phase out legends of the club, the man in charge had to be very experienced and highly respected both by the players and the fans. However, once the initial mistake of appointing AVB had been made Roman should have been braver. It is harsh to deem a manager a failure after just nine months, especially as it was never really his team, so he did deserve the summer and the start of next year to prove himself.

Undoubtedly the best way for a club to evolve through generations and bring through youngsters is via stability, just look at Manchester United. If a new manager arrives each season with the knowledge that a series of poor results could cost him his job, would he really be brave enough to bleed in young players with potential or would he stick to the tried and tested, however off-form they have been?

To emphasise this point, the Chelsea youth side have reached four out of the last five FA Youth Cup semi-finals, so the talent is there. Furthermore, former Blues Gokhan Tore, Fabio Borini and Miroslav Stoch are all excelling at Hamburg, Roma and Fenerbahce respectively. That may well be £40 million worth of talent never given a chance and subsequently released by the club. All three are now full internationals, key players for their clubs and would walk into this current Chelsea side, but Borini may well be the one we will live to regret the most.

It was clear to see during Borini's loan spell with Swansea that he had a vast amount of potential, as he scored six goals in nine league games. Since then he has gone on to start regularly for Roma, scoring eight goals this season and subsequently displacing Mario Balotelli in the Italian squad, at the age of 20. This trio, along with Josh McEachran and Ryan Bertrand should now be spearheading the next generation of Chelsea players and really pushing for first team places. But the aforementioned three have left whilst Josh is on loan and Ryan, when Ashley Cole has been unavailable, has had to sit and watch the more senior Jose Bosingwa play out of position at left back.

The sacking of AVB may well insure that more talented youngsters will endure the same fate as those who came before them. A new manager will be appointed in the summer and will spend a lot of money building his own team, which will in turn push the likes of McEachran, Bertrand, Lukaku, Bamford, Piazon and other impressive youngsters further down the pecking order. Surely it won't be long until this crop of promising young players also become frustrated, leave and excel elsewhere.

Whoever the new manager is, he will need to instantly command the respect of the fans and players, something AVB never achieved. AVB faced an extremely difficult task, but unfortunately he didn't make enough progress to make it any easier for the next man. Worryingly he has just offered another stern warning to future managers that if you try and take on the old guard, you usually lose.

This summer is crucial for Chelsea, and the lunatics who run the asylum need to learn from this - appoint the right man and give him complete control. Most importantly though he will need time, an extremely rare asset in top-flight management these days, but one that is absolutely essential in building a team that can continually challenge on all fronts. Roman may also want to contemplate why so often it is the manager who shoulders the blame, whilst the players seem to be shielded from any severe criticism.
Ben Carey-Evans

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