Thanks-a-lotti, Carlo (part 1)
Firing Carlo Ancelotti was a knee-jerk reaction to a disappointing Chelsea season.
It was disappointing to see Carlo Ancelotti let go. He deserved better than the calloused way he was dumped. He wasn’t at Chelsea long enough for fans to grow too attached, but he was growing on this fan at least. And then poof! Second place finish, with no additional trophies or Champions League final even though you were at the helm for the historic Double just last season? Sorry, Carlo. Don’t let the (bus) door hit you on the way out. At least that’s what it seems the club’s executive attitude was.
Many fans support the modern tendency in major sports to blame the coach and ship him out when championships don’t flow annually. I’m not a fan of this carousel approach because I don’t think it produces championships. Teams do. And how do you develop/maintain good teams? I’m no teamwork guru, but it seems that solid leadership (via the manager) and stability are key. You don’t get leadership or stability with the carousel approach.
Apparently the Chelsea FC board disagrees. Check out Chief Executive Ron Gourlay’s comment in a Reuters interview Thursday:
Continuity is very important but so is performance and results… Our model may not be the model others agree with but at the end of the day, we’ve taken the decisions we felt we needed to take to develop Chelsea Football Club… and we’ve won 10 major trophies in the last six years.
As a fan, you certainly want your club management to be passionate and vigilant about winning, but Chelsea is a club with the kind of stature that demands longevity with a respected manager. Someone who can mold and maintain the team in a methodical fashion that will yield long-term results. Was Ancelotti that guy? I don’t know. Perhaps. But we’ll never find that guy by starting over every season or two.