I sincerely hope that we`re not all sitting here this time next season welcoming another manager.
I`d hope that Roman Abramovich and the board have made a pact to give Andre Villas-Boas every opportunity to show he can produce the goods at Stamford Bridge.
However, the inference from the press conference held by Andre Villas-Boas was that our Portuguese manager doesn`t expect to be in the managerial chair if he can`t put trophies in the cabinet, commenting,
“Who expects to stay as Chelsea manager if they don`t win anything? So I have to be successful. If I can`t win I have failed. It`s all pretty clear for a club of this dimension – what you expect from this club is to be successful straight away and on a weekly basis. There`s no running away from that challenge. That`s what I face. I`d be surprised to be kept on if I don`t win.”
“But I expect to be successful – that`s the challenge I promote to myself and my technical staff.”
“That`s why we all took over this challenge – not to be just passing time here because the city is good.”
But how would we gauge success next season?
Are we dreaming of a Premier League title, a Champions League Final win, an FA Cup win, A Carling Cup win, or a combination of two, three and maybe even four?
Personally, I`d be happy if Andre was to keep us in the top three and attain automatic qualification for the Champions League the following season, anything else would be considered a welcome extra.
What we have to remember is that our squad is a squad that has, in all honesty, had it`s best period and that somebody needs to take the bull by the horns and slowly introduce new faces to replace those old faces, it` snot going to happen overnight.
Chelsea are not going to buy players like they`re going out of fashion this summer, Villas-Boas will be given some money to spend and he`ll, soon, identify which areas need improving.
But somebody needs to hit the suggestion that he must win a trophy on the head and quickly. After all, it should be remembered that this is a squad he has inherited, a squad that looked lethargic at times last season and a squad that is looking at a last chance saloon scenario.
It takes an astute man to sit back and allow gradual change, it takes an astute man to recognize that the manager he`s sanctioned is managing a squad that isn`t his, let`s hope that Roman has that astuteness and that patience is a virtue with Andre given time to change things around, and for the better!
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