No club courts attention like Chelsea do both for the right and wrong reasons. But things weren’t always like this. In retrospect, Chelsea with Ken Bates as owner, were a relatively a modest club often punching above their weight to upset the tall order of Manchester United and Arsenal. Though in huge debts, the club was loved by even fans of other clubs and even played good football that appealed to the football world. Ken Bates’ Chelsea was minimally void of madhouse drama.
In 2003/04, came the influx of the Roman Abramovich’s cash that saw Chelsea not only punch above their weight, but become another force to be reckoned with. Chelsea’s haul of 15 major trophies since the Russian’s takeover of the club from Ken Bates has been quite impressive – 5 league titles, 5 FA Cups, 3 league Cups, 1 Europa league, and a Champions league trophy. The successes have always come with a price to pay which is managerial instability. This has worked to an extent, but has also seen the change of cycles at the club. The longest span of any manager has stayed at the club since his takeover is 3 years, and that was during Jose Mourinho’s first spell at the club.
Another managerial uncertainty over Antonio Conte’s future is threatening the ambitions of the club. This means the club will have to go through another cycle with a new manager bringing new ideas. Surely, this doesn’t help the club in building a really solid base for club progress. It’s about time Chelsea learned the ropes of managerial stability. Chelsea have spent badly in paying off sacked managers over the years and the real deal will be to find a manager that can build with the club and get the best out of what we have.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!