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By going for Hiddink at least Roman has given two fingers to Kenyon and put a bit of trust in someone to get his club out of a black hole.

It seems to me that finally he is looking to real football people to help him as opposed to hangers on and dreamers.

One thing concerns me and Roman has to address this to convince me his heart really is still in it.

He has paid out millions in compensation for Jose, Grant and Scolari and their backroom teams.

Since Jose's departure we have seen the sales of SWP, Sidwell and Bridge offset the purchase of Bosingwa and Deco.

The huge wages of Ballack, levelled out by offloading of Shevchenko and Pizzaro.

Ben Haim, Carlo and the rest are off the wage bill.

So he's spent more on changing Managers than investing in an ageing team it's not Russian Rocket Science.

Either he is getting in Hiddink to keep us in the Champions League and in the Premiership top four and his stock is maintained and we are a viable selling opportunity in the summer or he is going to get the club back to where it was, full of optimism, with a long term plan and strategy, which means bringing in a Manager in the summer at the right age with knowledge and ambition to succeed, the oldies like Ballack and Deco ousted and crap like Malouda, disruptions like Drogba sold to the highest bidder.

Then deep in those pockets cash for Ribery and Benzema.

Something also tells me Roman has been knobbing and taking advice Sharon Watts from Eastenders, only this time she has f£ucked Grant and Phil.

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i find it amazing how all of a sudden chelsea fans want big money spent again. its only 3 montha ago most people on here wanted the spending stopped and the youth players promoted. you cant have it both ways, either you want us to be a spending club or to promote from within.

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I'm with DKW, let's have a reality check people.

The whole point of getting someone like Hiddink in is that here is a manager who is proven at turning a collection of nobodies into a fantastic team (i.e. S. Korea).

He, at the very least, should be able to put an XI on the field out of what we've already got, who can actually play together and get results.

I'm always bemused about the calls to pay through the nose to get a new manager and then give him millions to build a team. Christ, we can all pick a fave XI. Decent managers get results out of what they've been given, not what they ideally want.

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What if, like me, he means to spend money on rejuvenating the team? I want to see a lot of money being spent, of course I do, but future £20m+ purchases should be on people like Benzema, Aguero and other youthful players, not on older players who will soon reach their peak or even are already past it (see: Sheva).

I want a youthful team more than anything, something to build for the future, I want to see more of Stoch, Kakuta (wish him a speedy recovery...), Mancienne and Di Santo on the pitch for us, but at the same time I respect that if we're going to be contending, we're going to need to spend some serious money to replace all of the 30+ people we have in the squad right now.

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Finally, someone who appreciates me

Why Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich has been brilliant for English football. By Oliver Holt

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By Oliver Holt 11/02/2009

Read Oliver Holt's column every Wednesday on Mirror.co.uk

The new dogma is that Roman Abramovich is a meddling megalomaniac who has brought Chelsea to its knees with his ruthlessly interfering ways.

Destabilising the club with a revolving door policy of four managers in five years is one charge levelled at him.

The signing of a faded Andrei Shevchenko is another. A messed up hierarchy choked with too many competing egos is another.

Some of those accusations are fair but let's not get carried away.

Because English football would be a lot poorer without Abramovich. And not just financially.

For a start, Chelsea were at least rumoured to be in serious financial difficulties when Abramovich bought the club from Ken Bates.

At a stroke, they went from a club struggling to make ends meet to a team stocked with the best players in the world.

The signings bankrolled by Abramovich changed the face of the English game by ensuring there were now four powerhouse clubs fighting for the title, not three.

Chelsea joined Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool among the elite and gave the other three an almighty jolt.

The Russian oligarch brought us Jose Mourinho and all the colour, the controversy and the confrontation that were the hallmarks of the Special One.

Mourinho has become one of the most famous characters in the Premier League's short history. It's hard to imagine how things would have been without him now.

And it was Abramovich who gave him the platform that allowed him to become one of the most highly regarded managers in the game. Abramovich brought us Claude Makelele and allowed us to observe at first hand how the best holding player in the world went about his work.

He brought us Arjen Robben and Damien Duff in the same side and the might of Didier Drogba, before he became a preening, sulking impersonation of his former self.

He brought us Petr Cech, the best goalkeeper in the world and Ricardo Carvalho, one of the best defenders.

Apart from that? Well, he smashed the duopoly United and Arsenal had established in English football.

His money brought Chelsea their first league titles for 50 years when they won the Premier League back to back in 2005 and 2006.

In those days, he seemed like the very epitome of the beneficent billionaire benefactor, always at games, always full of enthusiasm. I sat in the row in front of him when Chelsea played the first game of their second title-winning season at Wigan Athletic's JJB Stadium.

After an end-to-end match, Hernan Crespo scored the winning goal in injury time and when I turned to look at Abramovich, his face was a mask of delight.

But apart from that? Well, there's the £20million he spent on the club's new training ground at Cobham in Surrey.

And there's the fact that he has paid the club's outstanding English talents, John Terry and Frank Lampard, the wages needed to keep them at the club.

And even in the midst of the surprise that Luiz Felipe Scolari had been sacked after just seven months in charge at Stamford Bridge, there was relief, too.

Because after all the rumours that Abramovich had lost interest in Chelsea, his personal intervention showed beyond doubt that he still cared.

There are plenty at Chelsea, too, both players and administrators, who insist that the club desperately needed Abramovich to intervene to fire Scolari.

His action may have seemed hasty to some but to many others it was the decisive move of a man who knows when a plan is not working.

The recruitment of Guus Hiddink is aimed at stopping Chelsea sliding out of the top four and rescuing their season. I spoke to a friend of Abramovich yesterday who laughed at the idea Abramovich might want to sell Chelsea.

"One thing is certain," he said. "Roman would never walk away when the club was not at the top."

For those of us who think Abramovich has contributed a great deal to the fabric of English football, it's an encouraging thought.

The Roman Empire has brought us plenty of dramas already. There are plenty more to come.

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Andy Gray's view:

http://www.skysports.com/experts/expert_st...4908240,00.html

We've learned in recent times to expect the unexpected from Chelsea, but the decision to sack Luiz Felipe Scolari is still a shocking one.

If you look at what happened to their previous two managers, you can't say it is a complete surprise: Jose Mourinho won back-to-back titles - their first for 50 years - and was sacked; Avram Grant was one game away from the Premier League and a penalty-kick short of becoming a European champion. He was sacked.

But they went out of their way to get Scolari - he was clearly the man they wanted - and after half a season he is gone, too.

Now there is talk of Grant making a stunning return as part of a double act with Guus Hiddink. That may sound off-the-wall, but on the basis of some baffling Chelsea's decision-making over the past 18 months it wouldn't be so strange.

Grant is apparently a friend of Roman Abramovich, and Hiddink seems to have been made Russia manager partly on the Blues owner's say-so, so there are connections there.

One thing is for sure, Abramovich needs to find someone he can put in place and keep there, because there is a huge rebuilding job to be done at Stamford Bridge.

Scolari is not completely without blame - I thought at the time the signing of Deco off the back of a terrible season at Barcelona was a huge gamble, and he just hasn't cut it - but the Brazilian has been badly let down by some of his players.

There will be some - and I'm talking about big names - who will not be able to look in the mirror without feeling they have contributed to their manager's sacking. Whoever the new man is will have no problem immediately identifying members of that squad who should be on their way.

He will also have the task of shaking up players who really shouldn't need it, given the amount of money they earn. It should be a duty to them to perform for the supporters who turn up week-in week-out and contribute to their huge wages.

Each time I've seen Chelsea recently they have looked edgy; lacking a change of pace; almost as though they've been going through the motions. It's all a far cry from the opening day of the season, when they swept aside Portsmouth in such exhilirating fashion I thought they could win the league.

They have been unlucky with injuries to the likes of Michael Essien and Ricardo Carvalho. Didier Drogba has not been anything like the player we know and I'm not sure if Michael Ballack's ever been fit in all the time he has been at the club.

This Premier League is so unforgiving now - you only have to look at the sacking of Tony Adams after just 16 games as further fuel to that argument. But clubs need to learn one self-evident fact: you cannot keep changing your manager in this league and have long-term success.

Want proof? Look at the two most successful teams in Premier League history. Manchester United have not changed their manager since it began and Arsenal have had theirs for more than 12 years. Arsene Wenger has not won a trophy since 2005, but you don't see a knee-jerk reaction from the Arsenal board.

Chelsea want to be the biggest club on the planet, but as long as they continue to change their manager every 18 months the pattern will remain the same: they will have a good side for a while, and then struggle. They need to build foundations through a solid staff and management otherwise, in the long-term, they will struggle to match the Uniteds of this world.

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i find it amazing how all of a sudden chelsea fans want big money spent again. its only 3 montha ago most people on here wanted the spending stopped and the youth players promoted. you cant have it both ways, either you want us to be a spending club or to promote from within.

Have a look at my PREVIOUS posts which clearly states I want ONLY THESE TWO PLAYERS !

To repeat as i'm as blue as our beloved blue shirts

Mancienne, Di Santo, Stoch, Kakuta and Taylor part of the first team squad

Ballack, Deco, Malouda, Drogba OUT

Ribery and Bezema IN

Suddenly we have a squad younger and fresher

and Roman has invested shrewdly with youth

Now if you don't get me don't bother responding to my posts ,

what's your solution ???????????????????

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Have a look at my PREVIOUS posts which clearly states I want ONLY THESE TWO PLAYERS !

To repeat as i'm as blue as our beloved blue shirts

Mancienne, Di Santo, Stoch, Kakuta and Taylor part of the first team squad

Ballack, Deco, Malouda, Drogba OUT

Ribery and Bezema IN

Suddenly we have a squad younger and fresher

and Roman has invested shrewdly with youth

Now if you don't get me don't bother responding to my posts ,

what's your solution ???????????????????

wasnt onlty aimed at you, check the rumours and general forums and you will see loads of people saying on one hand they want roman to start spending again, but also to bring through more youth players. and at no point in your post did you mention any young players. only you want roman to spend big on two players.

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Cech

Bosiingwa

Terry

Mancienne

A.Cole

Stoch

Essien

Mikel

Lampard

Benzema

Ribery

I thank you ! See you boys in the Summer, i'm off on Holiday (on my betfair winnings ! ) and a lot coming up work wise and in my personal life, happy debating and remember .... We are all Chelsea fans !!

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