While the board, coaches and players shed tears for the departed Phil Scolari this week, many of them are of the crocodile variety. Oh boo hoo, some of the players cry, despite the fact that surely not every squad member saw eye to eye with the Brazilian. Indeed, it has been claimed that Roman Abramovich’s decision to axe Big Phil was influenced by three senior players.
“Not so!” according to Ray Wilkins, who is apparently shocked and disappointed that the former Brazil and Portugal coach has been axed. He claims that Scolari had not ‘lost the dressing room’, although it’s pretty obvious that some players liked him so we didn’t really need the obvious spelling out. The Daily Telegraph reports Butch in defensive mode.
“It’s totally untrue (that Scolari lost the dressing-room),” said Wilkins. “There is no player power at this club, the results unfortunately have not been what Roman [Abramovich] wanted and that’s why the change of manager.
“Whenever any coach coaches a club as big as Chelsea, any player that doesn’t play is going to be disgruntled, that’s a fact. They want to play but he can only pick 11 people. The players that were playing would have loved Felipe, the players that weren’t would have had an indifferent opinion. ”
Love’s a bit of a strong word Ray, steady on there old chap. While Didier Drogba threatened to boycott Chelsea when Jose Mourinho left, I don’t see the Ivorian doing the same this time around. In fact, he’s been quick to appoint the recruitment of Hiddink. It will be interesting to see what happens in the summer, when the club will clearly get shot of some dead wood and look to build a title-challenging squad.