Thanks-a-lotti, Carlo (part 2)
Firing Carlo Ancelotti was a knee-jerk reaction to a disappointing Chelsea season.
At the English Premier League level – unless there is obvious locker room strife, or some other glaring incompetence – you’ve got to give managers a few seasons to implement their system. Now I love the current Chelsea players. It is their individual talent and smooth cohesion on the pitch that made me a Chelsea supporter in the first place. But they had a poor season. And it wasn’t Ancelotti’s fault (unless he never included shooting practice in training sessions).
When Ancelotti took the helm before the ‘09/10 season, he inherited a very good team. He orchestrated a couple additions for the 2010/11 season (most notably Ramires), but by and large wasn’t there long enough to implement much of anything. I haven’t checked Chelsea’s shooting percentage from last season, but it wasn’t pretty, and I’m certain the plethora of missed scoring opportunities caused the second place finish in the league far more than any perceived Ancelotti blunders.
With twenty teams in the Premier League, no one’s club is going to win the title every year. But you at least want your team to be in the running. Chelsea was in the running last season. Should they have done better? Absolutely! Was it Carlo’s fault that they didn’t? I really don’t think so. Perhaps if next season is similar or worse than last season, you could think about letting Ancelotti go then, but the man should’ve been given another season.
I like and appreciate Abramovich’s cash and all it has brought to Chelsea FC. I also like the fact that he’s not a media attention hound. But I don’t like his revolving door approach to managers. Managers don’t win soccer matches. Players do. So, whoever the next manager is, grant him at least three seasons to settle in and see what he can help the players accomplish.