Is it now time to hand our transfer policy to the Manager??

I was reading this article in believe it or not The Daily Mail written by Martin Samuel and for once, I have to agree with him. The articl...

I was reading this article in believe it or not The Daily Mail written by Martin Samuel and for once, I have to agree with him. The article is basically about the situation that has faced every single Chelsea manager for the most part and that's the way our transfers are handled.

What I am referring to is the situation with "club signings" and the effect it has had on the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and possibly AVB. Recently AVB had described the signings of Gary Cahill and Kevin De Bryne as "club signings" which indicates those not of the manager. Just how much has this been a problem for us?

The part of the article I want to focus on is this part as below:
"Any preparations taking place at Stamford Bridge, preliminary negotiations and discussions over players in or out, casual conversations with agents and intermediaries, direct bidding or offers for players soon to be out of contract, will be taking place without a contribution from the man who will have to marshal these resources in August.

Even if Di Matteo secures his position long-term — and few are anticipating this, despite a decent upturn in fortunes — he is yet to be consulted on Chelsea’s long-term direction and not because the process is slow getting underway.

Already, those who claim to know the inside track at Chelsea are leaking the names of key potential recruits: midfielder Eden Hazard of Lille, Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi of Napoli and most fancifully, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Yet if these names are targets, who is speaking on Chelsea’s behalf? Who is holding the private talks with advisers? Who is calculating where the new signings would play, or which players must make way?"

He has a point though doesn't he. Just how much has this been our problem?. There are arguments within the article that Mourinho in 2005/2006 had some control which led to bust ups with the board and Ancelotti in 2010. Apart from that, you have to wonder. Remember when Mourinho joined us? Robben, Cech and Kezman were already signed, not his signings. Obviously Cech and Robben worked as signings and will both go down in Chelsea history.

I know that modern football these days has changed since 20 years ago but surely if you bring a manager into manage your club, he should be given total control over signings.

Do you honestly think that the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger have to deal with the same thing?.

As Samuel also says:
"Abramovich gets the players he wants, the manager arrives late to the party and, as a result, must accept what he is given. Here is your team, says the owner — now make it work."

...and that is basically how it appears to work here and I hope that we do change the way we operate. AVB if you think about it was asked to do an almost impossible job because of it. He was given the team we have this season and asked to make it work but change it at the same time.

I just wonder if Roman Abramovich realises that for the good of our club and our future, he should look at the whole situation with our transfer policy. Hand over the reigns to the person you have chosen to take the club forward and let go for once.

You never know Roman, it might just work!


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