The new year has arrived. A time to set goals and challenges for the year ahead? Or….. a time for change?
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This season has seen its fair share of sackings and controversy. But is it the right time for clubs to twist by chopping and changing, or stick by backing the manager with funds in the transfer market. Chelsea, Liverpool, Blackburn and West Ham are the clubs facing big decisions in the next week or so. What should they do? Have your say!
Chelsea – What is needed?
Even I cannot believe what has gone on at Stamford Bridge this season. Chelsea were on fire at the start of the season, they looked the real deal, but again, it seems as if Chelsea always end up shooting themselves in the foot. No one can doubt Carlo Ancelotti’s managerial pedigree. The problems all started after Ray Wilkins left. I am a big fan of Ray and I do believe his departure has changed the atmosphere in the dressing room. As if that was bad enough, the squad looks too small now, you could even argue its a bit too old. Chelsea do not have enough quality players on the bench to change games and to challenge the likes of Alex or Ramires for a first team place. There seems to be no real creativity in this side. This stagnation is ultimately the players fault. There is no doubt that Chelsea will snap out of this form, the quality is there, but clubs are looking at Chelsea and believing they can win. Investment is definitely needed to challenge for the title. Top 4 finish? probably, but it seems Spurs are only getting stronger this transfer window.
Stick or Twist?
No brainer, Stick. Fantastic manager, complacent players. Two or three good quality players will freshen up the side. Modric? Aguero? Lukaku? G.Milito? What is definitely needed is creativity and this transfer window may provide the solution Chelsea need to kick start a increasingly worrying season.
Liverpool – What now?
I genuinely believe that the majority of football fans out there sympathise with the huge task that Roy Hodgson has been burdened with, however, I am not one of these people. Yes Roy has been left with a uncreative, overrated squad, however the squad that came 2nd in the league not so long ago is still mostly there. I agree Alonso was a massive loss, but the money was their to replace him and I think Aquilani was not given the chance. Answer this question, What position do Liverpool need the most strengthening in? I can pretty much guess that everyone has said ATTACK!!!! and I can bet you all shouted it out as well. Why then did Roy spend £11.5million on Raul Meireles when that could have bought a goalscorer. Yes he is a good player but it is not what Liverpool desperately need. Konchesky is a solid player, but his signing shows a real lack of ambition at the club. Liverpool have so many centre midfielders that Gerrard is just pushed upfront due to the lack of fire-power. Roy spent £22million this summer, Although Liverpool made £29million in sales, you could argue the only major loss was Mascherano. So where is the striker! Get a goalscorer in, put Gerrard back into his best position and there will be an improvement.
Stick or Twist?
Sorry Roy, but you had your chance, you had the money. If Roy is to be backed he must bring in a proven goalscorer, that has to be the number one priority. Adebayor? Elia? M.Gomez?. If Roy is sacked, my choice would be to bring in Rijkaard or O’Neill and back them!
Blackburn Rovers – Who’s next?
The new Newcastle? Ronaldinho and Beckham…Hahahaha. When I heard this I was in stitches laughing at how ridiculous these links really are. Blackburn are quickly becoming the laughing stock of the premier league. Steve Kean has to be the most random and most stupid appointments I have ever seen. Ronaldinho has never heard of this guy, Steve Kean is just as good as a random guy in a pub in trying to persuade Ronnie to join. If Manchester City and their Billions couldn’t lure Ronaldinho, then I am pretty sure Blackburn have no chance. Big Sam would have kept Blackburn stable and safe. Although he and Tony Pulis are to blame for all of the awful football we see in the premier league, you cant argue that he is good at keeping clubs safe. Blackburn will strengthen but the calibre of player will be much lower than bragged about by Steve Kean and the media. I think all of us are watching Blackburn with interest to see who they bring in and how much these Poultry business people buck up.
Stick or Twist?
Well it looks like the owners are sticking. But Steve Kean seems arrogant and cocky, so good luck Blackburn. He lacks the experience and reputation to take you forward. The Squad seems angry at Big Sams departure and may not play to their full potential. Watch this space. It may end up in tears.
West Ham – Now or Never?
Probably the club in the most trouble. Average players, dull, lifeless manager. This one is just easy. The owners were silly enough to employ Avram Grant on a four year contract, big mistake, but Avram has to go. I could have led Chelsea to a champions league final that year, they had the best squad in Europe…. and they still lost. Pompey, well they were doomed anyway. What West Ham need is a new manager, a passionate manager. West hams team has promise. Green, Upson, Parker, Behrami, Kovac, Noble and Obinna are all good players which given the right motivation can save West Ham easily. Sears and Stanislas have been impressive recently but as for the rest of the team, they need to go. Cole cant score, I am sorry, but cash in on him. Another striker and a wing back combined with better tactics and West Ham will be blowing bubbles again next season.
Stick or Twist?
Twist all day long. The club has money and good owners who will do what is right for the club. A passionate manager and the right investment in a couple of players will lift this team and keep the Hammers up.
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