Chelsea's Ruthlessness - Enough to Put Off Other Managers?

Chelsea's Ruthlessness - Enough to Put Off Other Managers?

Chelsea have become a force in the Premier League and in Europe since the arrival of Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge. The owner is ruthless, passionate and direct. He knows what he wants and won't let anything thwart him. Abramovich’s methods have been criticised though due to the regularity of sacking his managers. Chelsea seem to have gone through most of Europe’s elite and now there may be none left. Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez, Roberto Di Matteo, Andre Villas Boas …
Di Matteo Fired by Chelsea | A look at goals, shooting & fight-back stats

Di Matteo Fired by Chelsea | A look at goals, shooting & fight-back stats

When my uncle, Dr Clifford Grossmark, was chairman of Gillingham (1961-1983), he remortgaged his house so that Gillingham could buy a player. With the Russian oligarchs running a number of football clubs around the world, times have certainly changed for a lucky few. But is this good for football in the long run? Chelsea look unlikely to qualify from the group stage of the Champions League and will be the first team go out so early the year after lifting …
Points & Goals analysis | Does Sacking Your Manager Improve Results?

Points & Goals analysis | Does Sacking Your Manager Improve Results?

It is a common belief with Premier League owners that sacking your manager will improve their clubs results, but is this really that case? We look at whether teams sacking their manager has a short-term or a long-term impact on their side and whether it was better off sticking with the manager they had in the first place. We have looked at all the managers that have been sacked by Premier League clubs in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. Short …
Aston Villa 2-4 Chelsea | Di Matteo influence already telling

Aston Villa 2-4 Chelsea | Di Matteo influence already telling

At the weekend Chelsea won yet again under Roberto di Matteo with a result which kept the pressure on Tottenham and Arsenal, especially considering the latter lost to QPR over the weekend. The performance was dominant although Chelsea made it much harder than it needed to be, losing 2 goals in the space of a few minutes, making a seemingly comfortable win look unconvincing. However, on the whole Chelsea looked better, especially in comparison to the reverse fixture where Chelsea …
Retrospectives | West Brom 1-2 Man Utd

Retrospectives | West Brom 1-2 Man Utd

Our first game of the season is home to Manchester United, so what better way to preview the upcoming campaign then with a look at last year’s fixture between the two. It may seem odd to pick such a game, coming as it did, in the midst of Di Matteo’s barren Christmas spell, a five-match losing streak unlikely to give any Baggie a reason to be cheerful. Perhaps the away day at Arsenal or the home game to Blues was …