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Releasing The Beast

I'm fed up. I'm irritable. As a weeks annual leave comes to a close, I'm losing pati...


I'm fed up. I'm irritable. As a weeks annual leave comes to a close, I'm losing patience with the 'keep calm and carry on' approach. Something needs to change; and before the blind Mourinho lovers come out with all guns blazing, I again state clearly where I stand. I am a Jose Mourinho supporter. But I draw a distinction between blind allegiance and an open relationship that has room for honesty and constructive criticism. As one fan eloquently and so rightly put it in a Tweet I read over the weekend, just because he expresses an honest opinion which is contrary to the blind faith brigade, doesn't mean he isn't a true fan or is a plastic fan. Well said sir. 

Prior to Saturday's capitulation to Liverpool, I had sensed a change in the camp. Got that one wrong didn't I ? What was served up was a performance riddled with caution and fear. Yes, we took the game to Liverpool in the opening 10 minutes or so, but once we had taken the lead, it was clear - so depressingly clear - that our intention was to sit back, concede possession and hit them on the break. Got that one wrong Jose, didn't you? It might have worked brilliantly when we had the Cech, Terry, Lampard, Drogba axis functioning in their prime, but not now. As I watched the story unfold the ending was never in doubt. DON'T tell me Jose, that the game rested on key decisions that went against us in the match. DON'T tell me that we are not getting what we deserve. Even if you are throwing up the dreaded smoke screens to deflect pressure, I'm tired and bored of it. It was your tactics that lost us that game and not much else. We were well beaten by frankly, an average team, that if we had been anything like nearing our true levels, we could have disposed of with relative ease. 

I'm fed up with centre halves playing at right back. I'm fed up with signing full backs for millions and then not playing them. I'm fed up with declarations that it is time to blend in the youth and then yanking off a very promising young player at half time because he doesn't quite follow instructions. He's young Jose, but if he's good enough, he won't learn with another period in the reserves. I'm fed up with frankly, unprofessional and appalling post match interviews - Saturday's was the limit - that insult my intelligence and bring a bad name to the club. Yes, Jose, the fans aren't stupid, so don't act like they are. I'm fed up with faith in a striker who was blistering for half a season last year, but who isn't cutting it this time out. Loic Remy's strike rate is very good considering he gets so few starts. He deserves a run in the team. I could go on, but I'm feeling a little better - only a little though. I'm fed up with safety first tactics - we have some players who are capable of producing some sustained attacking football, but who are scared to express themselves - for the sake of our sanity and theirs Jose, release them from the shackles. 

There - I've said it. I could offset the above by producing a list of Jose' s achievements, stating again that he is the world's best manager, and leaving it at that. Problem is Jose, you are right in the brown stuff at the moment and I don't care what you've achieved before, it's what you do now that matters. And whilst we're on it, please don't tell me that this crisis is nothing compared to previous Chelsea eras and that it will all come good. I know that - I lived through those depressing years and I have that perspective. But we need a fresh approach from a manager who has previously demonstrated that he can adapt to different and challenging situations in a game situation. Another change of approach is needed now, but this time, an infinitely more far reaching one that is bold, brash and full of personality. Those qualities sound familiar Jose? Then draw upon them, adapt and change. You say you don't fear losing your job? Then don't set up your teams in a way that suggests the opposite. It might just be that the next stage in your development as a coach, is to allow a greater freedom in your teams, and for the risk averse brand of football to be given less priority. There is a place for everything, and a time to shut up shop and protect what we have; now it's a time for some boldness. 

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  1. cant really argue with any of that. i couldnt believe the treatment on RLC either. promised a run of games and gets 45 mins and never seen him since.

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  2. I find it incredibly difficult to believe that he's that different with the players than he is with the media. That post-game interview was a true embarrassment to Chelsea, and you'd wonder what owner would want *that* if Chelsea do indeed sack him?

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  3. This needed to be said,,,and like ronnie,,,I can,t really disagree with anything you have said above,,,in fact,watching the game on Saturday,,thought exactly along those line,s..and against,not that great a Liverpool side,,,..the whole;,Media Show ;is now beyond a joke.We are forever being told,that we have some of the best;young players in the World;and yet how many,make the breakthrough into the first team squad,[[ more so under JM ]],a great/manager,Yes,without doubt,,but with that,comes a price,,,I,ve not always agreed with JM,s way of doing things,,but like many on here,love the success he has given us,over the years,,I hope he can turn this;SHAMBLES;;around,but I,m afraid,The Clock is Ticking,for JM now....KTBFFH..

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  4. I can only agree with all of your comments, the past is past and now it is "what have you done for me lately?"
    I have just read a good quote "No man is a leader until his appointment is ratified in the hearts and minds of his men" Is this our problem?? I have lived through watching Chelsea in lower leagues but not after such a successful season in the top league!! What is going on???

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  5. IN JOSE I TRUST. YOU GUYS DONT UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF LOYALTY. NO WONDER YOU LOT ARE CALLED THE PLASTICS. GET BEHIND YOUR MANAGER AND SUPPORT HIM YOU FOOLS.

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    1. Did you actually read the article? Take another look and then give me an intelligent and considered reply. Or maybe you are of the blind fAith brigade? I am also a Jose fan. I want him to deal with this more effectively than he is. I want him to show some class.

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    2. To ;Blue Mark;,,,we all now ignore the;;moron above your post;;;he,s the one who put- Arse-in that club...

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  6. Who are you to tell José to show class. You are part of the media that posts everything negative about Mourinho. When the results r good u praise him, when they are bad it's everything wrong with the manager.

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    1. Nice article from Blue Mark which really asks why our style and tactics remain the same .
      An opposition coach would see our back 4 playing the width of the penalty area .
      And also see our 2 holding players staying central most of the time and not covering wide areas enough , which is laughable .
      They would also see the huge area needed to be covered out wide by Willian Oscar or Hazard due to the holding players roles . Willian looked exhausted doing this on Saturday . It took away all his attacking ability .
      All of this needs to change and with a few tweaks 433 would appear and the wide areas could and should be covered .
      I want Hazard and Willian to appear where Coutinho did and not be played like wing backs .
      If I can see where our issues are ,then I can only think Mourhino has one stubborn way of playing whether it works or not .

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    2. Problem is telling he will bring in youth and still buying the waste products like fabregas, pedro and falcao and selling our best proven players like cech,mata and potentially good players like lukaku,de bryune,shurle. I agree they wanted first team starts regularly and he could not promise it, but why trusting fabregas so much.. he made us look like arsenal, he has lost his fitness and the role he is playing losing possession there is a disaster.. he came against pool and suddenly we concede 2 goals.. Just get rid of fab, falcao and pedro we do not need their flair game and lose our winning character.. I know things are not going right with us w.r.t courtious injury and many close situations where it would have mattered, But now we definetely cannot sit back and complain.. Just stick with Jose and trust young players.. I agree to the above post fully.. at the same time sacking Jose will be the biggest mistake in the journey of finding stability..

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  7. Unless you guys have forgotten, he won us the league last year. The least that we can do is to give him some time to turnaround things. Talking about class we don't seem to be exhibiting it by running down the manager.

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    1. I fear he actually doesn't know how to solve the current crisis

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  8. Good article and I myself feel your frustration of JM.

    One thing that has puzzled me, and you saw this on Saturday, were the tactical blunders from someone who is surposed to be the "master tactician". Can you explain - he brought Kennedy on (who offered hope in attack) and then he brought Fabregas on, which meant Kennedy had to go in defence ?

    Why play LFC as the number 10, when his position is the deep holding midfielder ?

    I want JM to build a legacy at Chelsea, just like Fergie did at ManU. He needs to build the team around LFC, and get rid of the highly paid, under performing wasters.

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  9. JM greatest manager we've ever had but he's getting it wrong at the moment,I agree with everything that was said he should go back to 433,& stop blaming everyone else.

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