Every time Chelsea appoint a new manager many of the fans, critics and all others say "this is the one". However it seems that "the one" cannot hold on to his job no matter how hard they try. It seems the club is still anticipating either the return of Jose Mourinho or the chance of tempting Pep Guardiola to England.
The managers that have been the at Stamford Bridge started with Claudio Ranieri, then Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Di Matteo and now Rafa Benitez. With the former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager Benitez getting the rest of the year to prove himself, one can wonder will he be what Chelsea are looking for or just another name on the long list of past managers.
- Chelsea have spent roughly £70M on managers during Roman Abramovich's duration as owner.
- The £70M fee is more money than Everton F.C. have spent on players during the same length of time.
- With financial restrictions being tightened Chelsea will have to find a way to stop throwing money away on manager after manager.
Roman Abramovich demands instant success and once has has achieved that he demands even more. The owner is a control freak of sorts and needs to learn the importance of patience in this game. If Manchester United had not remained patient and always demanded success yearly off of Sir Alex Ferguson then he would of been out of a job a few times. If Chelsea want to find their own Sir Alex Ferguson then they have to forget about now and attempt to build for the future and before they know it they could have a team dominating in every tournament every single year.
There have been many issues between the managers and Roman and the latest one that seems to be causing tension is the Fernando Torres debate. The striker left Liverpool to join Chelsea in a £50M deal a little under two years ago. Everyone expected great things from the Spanish forward however he has failed to find the form he once had under Benitez at Liverpool.
Have Chelsea hired Rafa Benitez just to get the best out of Torres you ask?
A big reason Chelsea have hired the former Liverpool manager is because of his famous and productive relationship with Torres however there are other reasons. Benitez has won many trophies, has produced talented players with little money, developed talents in to world superstars and has often had his team play with the perfect balance of both defensive and attacking. These skills are ones that some but not all managers are gifted with and Rafa is seen as a low risk chance. If Chelsea do not win anything this season and decide to part ways with their current manager the duo can part ways and Chelsea can target one of the worlds best managers and attempt to persuade them with a likely biggest ever paycheck for a manager.
Chelsea have been surrounded with a lot of chaos over the past few years and now is the time to settle down. If Rafa is not the man for their future they have to ensure their next appointment is without a doubt 100% the perfect man for the job otherwise they risk becoming a laughing stock and struggling to attract any of the top talents in the world.