Was it really their failure to win any silverware that saw the club ditch someone who didn’t even have a full season at the Stamford Bridge helm? Or is this just a convenient excuse to ditch someone regarded as a stop-gap by Roman Abramovich? Former Blues manager Glenn Hoddle has told BBC that the Israeli might have hung on to his post if Chelsea had landed the Premier League or the Champions League this season.
“Managing Chelsea at this time, three runners-up situations is just not good enough,” Hoddle told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“When you look at Roman Abramovich’s money that he has put into it, unfortunately that’s the pressure that anyone who goes in there is under.”
Never mind the fact that a bit of continuity is not such a bad thing. Look at Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Rafael Benitez at Liverpool. Managers who have had several seasons to make a mark at their respective clubs. It had been thought that Jose Mourinho was going to stay at Chelsea forever and a day this time last season, despite missing out on the Premier League. Will the next Blues boss be under pressure this time next season?