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So it came to pass that after the numerous hirings, firings, dud-strikers and 1001 other self-inflicted cock-ups, 16th January 2013 was officially named "Bite Roman on the Arse Day"

 

Bite Roman on the Arse Day when the manager he has been chasing after like a love-sick puppy for the best part of three years spurned his advances and chose another club where he will be allowed to manage the team as he alone sees fit without any outside interference. Leaving Roman dejected and thinking what a peculiar set-up they must have at Bayern.

 

Bite Roman on the Arse Day when one of the worst managerial appointments this club has ever made, (nice one RA), gave us another display of his tactical genius and inspirational man-management skills.

 

 

Last May in Munich seems a long, long time ago. It would be funny if it wasn't so tragic. For anyone holding out any hope the the Special One is returning home, today was a sobering one. He would be bloody mad to take on this fiasco. Which leaves us with the Interim or Gary Megson.

 

 

Happy "Bite Roman on the Arse Day" everyone.

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And a very Happy BROTAD to you, Just!  We could send each other cards on this day every year.  

 

Let's hope that when the anniversary of the first BROTAD comes around, we are in a better place (as the luvvies say).

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Paul Hayward sums up BROTAD Day pretty well in this Telegraph article

 

 

Pep Guardiola's snub for Roman Abramovich reveals the fatal flaw at the heart of his Chelsea Empire On the Football Association’s 150th birthday Pep Guardiola praised the English game and then kicked it where it hurts, rejecting Chelsea to join Bayern Munich. Hearts were all aflutter when he declared his love for the Premier League, then broken when he pledged his future to Bavaria.

Feeling blue: Roman Abramovich must resume his search for a new permanent manager Photo: REX
 
 

By Paul Hayward

6:45AM GMT 17 Jan 2013

 

 

 

Here at the Bridge of sighs, there was no great surprise when Guardiola elected not to stand at the wrong end of Roman Abramovich’s itchy trigger finger. The Chelsea crowd have become unshockable. They have seen Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo take a Russian bullet and have given up trying to decipher what might happen next. Only in their wildest fantasies could they have entertained the hope that Guardiola would leave his apartment off Central Park to step into such volatility.

There was always a faint hope that Abramovich’s money would do the trick again. It worked with Fernando Torres, right? Chelsea’s owner is an oligarch who started with nothing and ended up with everything. His money was supposed to be unstoppable. If he could splurge £50 million on Torres, surely he could throw together a package to lure Guardiola to west London. The word is that he had flown to New York to make his target an offer he couldn’t refuse.

But guess what. Money has found its limits. Some people cannot be bought. Other things come into play: stability, order, principles. Guardiola was not selling himself to the highest bidder. Bayern, a haven of good sense and stability, struck him as much better way to return to the stress of top-level management, which he obviously finds taxing, as his sabbatical attests.

All the elements Guardiola eulogised in his love letter to the FA — English fans, the spirit, even the media — he then said no to, for now at any rate. Expressing a wish to work here one day, he was thinking not one but two steps ahead. With its hierarchy of sages and legends, Bayern are a soft landing for him after his year out. Chelsea would have been a tempest, with the inscrutable Abramovich demanding miracles.

Stamford Bridge is a place of intrigue and cabals. The pact between owner and supporters has broken down. Guardiola might have solved that problem with his stubbly, glowing smile and his commitment to symphonic football, but the mood ahead of this Premier League clash with Southampton was pretty foul. Regulars here were shocked by the derision heaped on Benítez, Bruce Buck the chairman, and chief executive Ron Gourlay during the 2-0 home League Cup defeat to Swansea.

 

All the constraints that govern relations between a billionaire benefactor and grateful fans have been shredded in recent weeks. Chelsea’s followers no longer care who they upset because they can see the owner is indifferent to their wishes. Over the past few months especially they have observed their own powerlessness. They adored Di Matteo but could not save him. They disdained Benítez but could not stop him being appointed manager. They feel (and sound) disenfranchised. The only contribution they feel empowered to make is to heckle and boo.

With the let-down of Guardiola’s yes to Bayern Munich, of course, came an increased chance that Benítez will still be here in August. An increased fear, in other words, among the locals. Abramovich is stuck once more with his Rolodex of names. He has never looked so jilted. But there are spots of hope for those Chelsea fans who want the “interim†in Benitez’s title adhered to. The caretaker is convinced he has a major chance of taking over from Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid when that relationship ends.

Against Southampton, Benítez sent out Demba Ba to hunt for goals while Torres warmed the bench, along with John Terry: himself a political challenge Guardiola will not now have to face. For Chelsea, a £7.5 million striker has every chance of overshadowing Abramovich’s £50 million pet. Ba’s early enterprise was rewarded when he swivelled in the Southampton box to swipe home Chelsea’s first. Benitez’s men were two up at the break through Eden Hazard before Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon made it another disappointing night at the Bridge.

So, a summary: Benítez would swim and hike back to Madrid if he were offered the Real job and Abramovich is back to his original position of reviewing the managerial situation in May. This is a fall back rather than a policy because he hoped to have snared Guardiola by now. Mourinho’s name just about creeps back into the picture but hardly fills the frame. The suspicion here is that the power struggle which warped his final 12 months in London would soon start up again unless either he or Abramovich ceded ground. Neither has a PhD in compromise.

A charismatic visionary is still wanted. Mourinho’s aura was precisely right for the stage Chelsea were at eight years ago. They needed to end the 50-year wait for the league title and instil a winning culture. Since then Abramovich has followed every whim without success, hiring Luiz Felipe Scolari for entertainment and Ancelotti for Champions League know-how. Then along came a Ken Bates-era stalwart (Di Matteo) to close the deal in Europe. Then Benítez: the ex-Liverpool anti-hero, the butt of all the anger.

Guardiola was going to be cerebral, cool, far-sighted, youth friendly, iconic. He was going to bring the poetry. Instead he administered the hardest lesson of the Abramovich era. He said no, which no one ever does.

He said no not only to the salary and the London life but also to the pay-off. Yes, every manager who parts the swing doors of Stamford Bridge has one eye on the severance package. Dismissal has become inevitable. The goodbye is inseparable from the hello.

There were some fine Chelsea players on display against Southampton: Juan Mata, Ramires, Hazard, David Luiz, Oscar and César Azpilicueta are at the core of a good new Chelsea side. To Guardiola, though, the Bayern side looked better because it offered him something Chelsea can never write into an offer. That something is control.

 
 
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I would this season will be an eye opener for Roman where by he takes a more hands off approach, and starts trying to run us like a real football club and not a circus.

If we want to be an elite club we need to start acting like one.

Hire a world class manager, give him a budget, and work WITH the manager to identify targets.

No influence on tactics. managers don't get teams playing like Brazil over night, Roman needs to accept that at times, pretty football has to be sacrificed, in order to get results.

No rash decisions like the Ray Wilkins fiasco, clear targets for managers, top 3 should be enough to keep a manager the Chelsea job.

Give managers the confidence and time to infiltrate some of the 20+ promising youngsters we have here and on loan.

If he does these things, he will be closer to having a self sufficient club, that challenges on all fronts, and plays attractive but winning football, and isn't hated by every other fan from here to timbuktu!

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Was he Gary Megson?

 

He was A Gary Megson

 

...............................................some stuff....................................................

 

Regulars here were shocked by the derision heaped on Benítez, Bruce Buck the chairman, and chief executive Ron Gourlay during the 2-0 home League Cup defeat to Swansea.

 

..................................some other stuff

 

Oh no they weren't

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Roman will never learn how to stay away from football-related decisions.

 

All he should be doing is writing up the cheques when we're buying players. His interference and stubbornness has cost us Mourinho, Ancelotti, AVB and RDM and the end result has been FSW.

 

If Roman wants to please the fans, bring back Mourinho. He owes us after what he did to RDM. 

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Abramovich shows all the signs of a psychopath. He is ruthless, shows no remorse, has poor judgement, fails to learn from experience, pathological egocentric, etc, etc.

 

Someone like this should not be making decisions about a football club. He's probably suited to the business side of things but when it comes to knowing whats best for the team he is miles out of his depth. But obviously he can't see this and never will, which is why I think we will continue to have the same issues crop up over and over again while he is in charge. We may find success with another manager but you can guarantee that as soon as something goes wrong that manager will be out. 

 

I think we're just going to have to get used to it (if we're not already).

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Not my words Kev but judging by the forum some might have been shocked, ,  the rest of the article is pretty much spot on though.

 

I know, Chris, and cleared the rest because it was very accurate.  And you're right, some people on here might have been shocked, but I doubt any of teh regulars at the Bridge would have been.

 

And those on here who were need to have a look at themselves. Spoilt w**kers, mostly.

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People seem to know a surprising amount of detail about a man who they've never met and who never talks to the press.

 

 

If a man in such a prominent position refuses to talk to the press about decisions relating to something as public as the sacking and appointing of managers to a Champion team, then people surely have the right to extrapolate plausible explanations for his apparently irrational behaviour.

 

 

If he doesn't like it, the answer is in his hands - he can f**king talk to us and tell us!!!

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So it came to pass that after the numerous hirings, firings, dud-strikers and 1001 other self-inflicted cock-ups, 16th January 2013 was officially named "Bite Roman on the Arse Day"

 

Bite Roman on the Arse Day when the manager he has been chasing after like a love-sick puppy for the best part of three years spurned his advances and chose another club where he will be allowed to manage the team as he alone sees fit without any outside interference. Leaving Roman dejected and thinking what a peculiar set-up they must have at Bayern.

 

Bite Roman on the Arse Day when one of the worst managerial appointments this club has ever made, (nice one RA), gave us another display of his tactical genius and inspirational man-management skills.

 

 

Last May in Munich seems a long, long time ago. It would be funny if it wasn't so tragic. For anyone holding out any hope the the Special One is returning home, today was a sobering one. He would be bloody mad to take on this fiasco. Which leaves us with the Interim or Gary Megson.

 

 

Happy "Bite Roman on the Arse Day" everyone.

Made me cry.

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It's not his job and the way the press has treated him since day one, I don't see why he should talk to them.

 

 

No, you're right, it is not his :"job" to do that.  Nor is it his job to manage the team, but he meddles in that with gay abandon whenever he chooses to.  I have the right to infer from that that he thinks his money entitles him to do that. He chooses never to speak to the public.  I have the right to infer that it  is arrogance on his part that causes him to show total disdain for the reactions of Chelsea fans.

 

And furthermore I have the right to despise him for it.  And I do.

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And furthermore I have the right to despise him for it.  And I do.

Oh, you have every right, but I don't want to condemn people for things that I'm not sure they're responsible for. If Roman does everything people claim he does, why do we need Bruce Buck and the boys?

 

Might as well still blame Kenyon. And I do... :happy001:

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So..you don't think Roman wanted Robbie sacked?  It was done against Roman's will?    :pig_flying: 

What I'm saying is that I think it's more likely that his advisors have more influence over the footballing decisions than Roman. I'd say he's probably more misguided than malicious. 

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