In a move that has shocked the football establishment to its core, even more so than his All-Star proposal, Chelsea chairman and co-owner Todd Bailey today sacked all Chelsea players and gave manager Graham Potter a chance. create a brand new replacement team in your own image. (You just select the attributes you want on a scale of 0-20 and click search, right?)
While that’s a bit of an exaggeration, that’s the general idea expressed by the club via Matt Lowe in the Telegraph, who writes that “while previous owner Roman Abramovich repeatedly favored Chelsea’s players over their managers, Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital’s ownership is desperate for a head coach Graham Potter would reverse the worrying slump and succeed’ … and thus backs the manager with the club’s worst win percentage in 25 years.
Goodbye Player Power; hello potter power!
(If “player power” was the idea of players going to Roman and complaining, can “player power” exist without Roman? Answers on a postcard, please.)
Chelsea’s expensively assembled squad, with hundreds of millions already coming from the Clearlake-Boehly ownership group and even the proverbial pockets of their own investors, will now fully replace a head coach who has since shown little ability to cope with the job. his meeting. What could go wrong?
(Note that this was already a bad idea when they tried it with Tuchel.)
As far as what it really means, the report doesn’t actually reveal anything too outrageous, certainly nothing to the degree that its narrative would support.
Potential departures both now and at the end of the season could include Jorginho (out of contract), Cesar Azpilicueta (no legs), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (no everything), the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz being shopped around, although only Ziyech there is a possibility of leaving this month, and even that is not considered too great.
Don’t worry, N’Golo Kanté and Mason Mount, the latter of whom might be the only player on the team with any hope of any real “play power” these days, aren’t going anywhere. We can only hope that Thiago Silva leaves with some dignity. Stay strong Belle!
I just think it’s not wrong to go back or look for solutions if you take a hasty and completely wrong attitude. #gobluz
— Belle Silva (@bellesilva) January 8, 2023
If there were a @tsilva3 in attack and one in midfield, with what we already have in defence…
— Belle Silva (@bellesilva) January 12, 2023
The report reveals the idea that this is not a video game and that you can’t just get rid of players, adding that “Chelsea’s biggest problem will be finding buyers and interested clubs for the high-paid stars they want to sell and loan”. Maybe we can start first removing Tiemoue Bakayoko from his books.You know, baby steps.
Oh, and as for the replacements themselves, they’ll have to agree to “similar base salaries with the opportunity to earn lucrative bonuses for meeting personal and team goals.” So say goodbye to any great talent, baby!
I guess what I’m saying is that we better enjoy those heady Midtable heights. They may not last.