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After a pretty sh*t week i was looking forward to Chelsea lifting my spirits , Hull at home should be a 3 pointer and at least i can have a smile on my face agsin, even only for a short time. Very difficult trying to fake it in work and im not much better this morning. After the C.L. final it was bad but there was always the hope of 'Next Season ' to keep me going through the summer and i was eager to see the start of the 80/09 season. So what now , one word springs to mind , 'Fear ' . Not looking forward to the week ahead and im not going to bother buying newspapers , call it burying head in sand if you like , but maybe in a day or two i might hear something to make me feel a bit better.

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Like yourself I'm not looking forward to Monday morning never mind the rest of the week ,haven,t to listen to all those manure fans gloating about how the're going to win the lot this year .lt makes me depressed just to think about it. :angry:

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Like yourself I'm not looking forward to Monday morning never mind the rest of the week ,haven,t to listen to all those manure fans gloating about how the're going to win the lot this year .lt makes me depressed just to think about it. :angry:

I present this article from Martin Lipton which represents largely my view on a point to point argument here :

Luiz Felipe Scolari's time as Chelsea manager is running out, according to the Daily Mirror's Martin Lipton.

<< Always maintained he was not good enough...reasons below>>

The Brazilian boss saw the Blues stumble once again in their Premier League title bid with a goalless home draw against Hull City on Saturday, and he endured the displeasure of the Chelsea fans as his side dropped more points at Stamford Bridge.

"The clock is counting down on Scolari's reign," Lipton told The Sunday Supplement.

"I can't see him staying beyond the end of the season now. I don't think he'll go before the end of the season - that would be very foolish, pointless actually. But unless something happens very swiftly I can't see it turning around. There is a massive overhaul required."

At the heart of Scolari's problems is Chelsea's poor home form, which had been crucial to the success achieved in previous years by former managers Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant.

"You can't talk about it being a short-term blip," Lipton said. "In the last 16 matches they have dropped 22 points, which, for Chelsea to have lost 16 points at home this season, which is the worst season at home since the Abramovich era began. If they lose any more points at home it will be the worst since 2001 - that's how bad it is."

<< There you go... worst before Grant, Mourinho, Raineri, Gulllit, Vialli etc>>

Underlying tensions

Scolari had not managed a club side since leaving Cruzeiro in 2001 to manage the Brazilian national team, and it is this unfamiliarity with club football, coupled with his first experience of the intensity of the Premier League, which Lipton believes is central to his struggles as Chelsea manager.

<< THIS HAS BEEN MY CENTRAL ARGUMENT. WHAT THE HECK ARE WE DOING WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS NOT MANAGED EVEN A 2ND TIER EUROPEAN CLUB, LEAST A CHAMPION'S LEAGUE SEEKING TEAM. WE LOST THE PLOT BIG TIME WITH HIS APPOINTMENT. STUPID MANAGEMENT>>

"For the last ten years, since he went to Brazil in 2001, he has only had players for five weeks maximum - normally for ten days - when they are all fit. He hasn't had to think of the physical aspect, the hard slog of getting through a nine, ten month season.

"All the underlying tensions which were being fermented while they were playing quite well - which were the frustrations about the lack of intensity in training, frustrations amongst some players about the contributions of particularly Deco and others, started to fester and got worse and worse."

<<IT IS PLAIN FOR ALL TO SEE THAT CHELSEA FITNESS IS STRUGGLING WITH AGE AND HIS INSIPID STYLE OF TRAINING. WE LOST OUR 2ND HALF GRIP WHICH USED TO BE OUR FORTE. WE LOST 2-0 TO LIVERPOOL IN THE 2ND HALF. I CANNOT EVEN REMEMBER OR WATCH THE RECORDED 3-0 LOSS TO MANURE BUT I STILL HAZARD A GUESS THAT WE CONCEDED MORE IN THE 2ND HALF, DIDN'T WE?>>

However, Lipton also stated that, despite the lack of financial backing from the board, Chelsea should be producing much better under Scolari.

The Brazilian is not yet matching the achievements of the unpopular Grant, who took Chelsea to the Champions League final and second place in the Premier League last season, despite a terrible run of injuries.Over that 16 game period last season when they had no [Petr] Cech, no [John] Terry, no [Frank] Lampard, no [Michael] Ballack, no [Michael] Essien and no [Didier] Drogba, they only dropped 11 points - and that manager didn't know what he was doing, according to the fans.

"He couldn't win the big matches - apart from the wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United," Lipton joked.

<< That's very true. With Scolari, I am always fearing defeat to Liverpool, Manure, Arsenal and now, Everton and Villa. Move over....your time is over >>

"Things that Scolari, for all his money, for all his experience, has singly failed to do.

"Yes, it's a new experience - but he should be getting more. He's got enough top quality players in his squad to be doing better than he is.

"Scolari does not appear to be able to alter games. For instance he went away over Christmas and came back with a Plan B and a Plan C - except they're just the same as Plan A, there's no difference.

"They can't change a game and people have worked them out."

<< He only knows Malouda is an integral bit of the squad until Quaresma's arrival. Why don't you give me your pay?. I will do a better job. At least I wouldn't be so tactically blundering like you>>

Lowered expectations

As a result of the club's lacklustre campaign expectations seem to have been lowered by the Chelsea hierarchy - a sign, Lipton reckons, to confirm Scolari's future will not be at the London side.

"It used to be Chelsea has to win trophies, and that was changed earlier this season to 'we don't have to win trophies, we just have to be competitive for the major trophies,' - whichbasically means getting to the Champions League semi-final and getting into May with a chance of winning the League," Lipton said.

"At the moment you don't see any of those being viable or likely.

"They are starting to say now at the board level 'we're worried about fourth'. If they're starting to worry about Champions League spots then the manager has no chance."

<< Spare me those rubbish about long-term building. This is short-term dismantling and destruction. Weren't we supposed to be building FROM our success last season? How did a 2nd best team in the EPL since Mourinho left, Champion's league finalist, lost 0-3 to Manure, 1-3 to Roma, bundled out of the Carling Cup by a championship side, lost 2x and even failed to score in 2 games over 3 goals to Liverpool, lost 2x at home in a season or dropped 16 points at Stamford Bridge...become so very stale and bad. In Anelka's very words, " We didn't know how to play Liverpool!"

Well. You didn't know how to play at home against Hull, reeling from a 9-game defeated run ! Anelka, you cannot play like sh*t. Your goals were masked as fortuitous against easy teams. You have not done anything for us against Liverpool, Manure or Arsenal.

How did Scolari get the worst of Drogba? He was injured, but his attitude and form on the pitch sucks big time. 1 goal in the whole bloody season.

Please, we need a miracle. I have already conceded that we are going to see UEFA Cup football next season. But I had hope that something could change during the transfer window. Quaresma is a very talented player but he ain't going to solve our scoring problems. We may have been the top 4 scoring side in the league, but we have not been scoring well in the last 10-odd games.

What a way to start the week :(

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Unless Quaresma is given the chance to make an impression then theres no point in his signing . We need somebody who can create chances from wide positions and he can do just that . Crossing a ball and ability to get past a defender is something we dont have . Drogba would thrive on his ability and it would be difficult to defend , Lamps picking up the pieces and Anelka's pace would make a huge difference.

Tonight im not feeling much better because were 4th and still have Villa away.

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