Despite Petr Cech’s rallying call last week that the Blues needed to win every league match if they were to win the title, they were unable to find a breakthrough against Hull City. A small section of supporters were disgruntled enough to call for the manager’s head, with Phil Scolari slowly starting to lose all the goodwill generated at the beginning of the campaign.
The speculation is growing as to a) whether the Chelsea manager will last much longer at Stamford Bridge and b) who his potential replacement might be. While Scolari’s position is far from untenable at the moment, The Times reports that some fans held up a banner during Saturday’s match, calling for Gianfranco Zola to become the new Blues gaffer (with Roberto Di Matteo presumably as his assistant).
Hull had some outstanding chances, especially in the second half, and with decent finishing would have won against more celebrated opponents, whose increasingly disillusioned supporters chorused “You don’t know what you’re doing” at Luiz Felipe Scolari as their team stumbled from bad to worse.
Ominously for the Chelsea manager, there was a banner unfurled bearing the legend “Scolari out, Zola/Di Matteo Chelsea Legends.”
While Zola will surely not be leaving West Ham this season, presumably an approach from Chelsea would be mighty difficult to turn down. Roman Abramovich must surely be concerned that the Blues have been performing below par for several weeks, do the supporters think that Scolari is the wrong man for the job or is it ridiculous to contemplate sacking him?