Typically, desperate times require desperate measures, but sometimes, you need to take a pause and think before you put those measures in place. They could be the very wrong ones for all you know.
This season Chelsea have suffered a similar fate to the one we suffered in 2015/16, and again, it looks like we may be going down the same old ‘sack the manager’ route.
However, putting some factors into perspective, would that be the best move for us? Some pointers suggest it may not be after all.
IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE
Like aptly mentioned before, this wouldn’t be the first time we finish outside the top four. In 2016/17, we finished 10th. That earned Mourinho a sack, Conte came eventually, and got us the league title last term, and now, it’s playing out all over again. If the coaches have been the problem, I don’t understand how things haven’t changed. Why has this remained a recurring decimal at Chelsea? It is worth giving a thought. I mean, Mourinho gave us a league title, and then, the next season, things got awry. The same exact thing has played out in Conte’s tenure as Chelsea boss. It can’t be a coincidence.
THE CLUB NEEDS TO REVIEW ITS TRANSFER POLICY
Since the start of the season, Conte has continued to go on about the inability of the club to provide him with the type of players he wanted. During the summer transfer window, Conte wanted to buy Sandro from Juventus, but it didn’t work out. A number of quality signings were missed out on but instead the Chelsea boss was given the ones the board deemed perfect. The intentions might have been harmless, but in the end, they have proved very wrong. If Conte had gotten the exact players he asked for, perhaps, our season wouldn’t be such an utter disappointment. The coach is the head of the team, a tactician, who knows what he needs for a successful outing. When you give him something different, he cannot be held responsible when results underwhelm.
Chelsea needs a total correction of its transfer policy. Coaches have to be given more freedom to operate and build their team.
NEW MANAGER, NEW BEGINNING
Conte has been manager for almost two years at Chelsea. In that time, he has given us a league title, and although things are not looking up this term, the next can be awesome if the right things are done. I don’t think sacking Conte would necessarily make everything right. Conte has gotten used to the team, he understands the club and its players, and there’s a good chance he has an idea of what to correct for next season too. Sacking him would probably mean we hire a new coach, which means we’ll probably start a new style of play too. The new coach would be new, so would need time to adjust to the team and players, and at the end of the day, we could probably end up suffering yet another disastrous season.
If anything, what I think needs to happen at Chelsea is a gradual revamping of the team. The current crop of players, especially the older ones seem to have lost their hunger and zest. It is very appalling, and there needs to be a reorientation at the club. If the right players are given a chance to represent the Blue color, any coach can succeed at Chelsea. So let Conte be. He may not the problem of Chelsea after all.