As much as the football has been good on the pitch this season, some decisions from the backroom staff have left people wondering.
A decision from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to dismiss fan favourite Roberto Di Matteo, a man who only several months earlier won the Champions League, something that the likes of Mourinho and Ancelotti couldn’t deliver. But the decision to sack Di Matteo was made worse when he was replaced by Rafael Benitez. A man that had attacked the club when in charge of Liverpool, was now seen as the ideal man to take the club forward. The fans still disagree and some are even boycotting games in protest.
Newcastle had just come off an impressive season on their return to the top flight. Finishing 5th ensured they qualified for the Europa League. After a good start to this season, the board decided to reward Alan Pardew and his coaching staff with 8 year contracts. A contract of that length has never been offered before. It could make them feel safe in their job and lack motivation. Since signing the contract, Newcastle’s form has suffered and they are heading for a relegation scrap.
…missed their chance…
Michu is a contender for signing and player of the season so far. The spaniard is fourth in the scoring charts. But Michu only cost Swansea 2 million pounds from Rayo Vallecano. But several clubs missed their chance on Michu. Tottenham and Wigan looked at the spaniard but decided against him. Even though last season he scored 15 goals in La Liga from midfield. A decision which their now regretting.
In the summer, Liverpool didn’t have the best of time in the transfer window. Their decisions to get rid of attacking players like Andy Carroll, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt left the reds very short on numbers upfront. With only Luis Suarez as their recognised striker, everyone was expecting Liverpool to sign someone before the transfer window shut. A poor bid for Clint Dempsey was rejected and he was snapped up by Spurs. Nothing else materialised and Liverpool were left with only one striker until the January transfer window.
…instrumental in their Champions League triumph…
With Liverpool’s failure to sign a new striker, the same could be said for Arsenal. They sold their best player, Robin Van Persie to Manchester United for 24 million and didn’t buy a replacement.
Chelsea’s policy to only offer one year contracts to any player over the age of 30, could see them lose Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. Both are out of contract in the summer and both are not going to be offered new deals by the club. Lampard and Cole still have a lot to offer. Ashley Cole is still considered one of the best left backs in the world and Lampard still does a job for Chelsea. He was instrumental in their Champions League triumph last season and is still the best at timing his runs in the box to get goals. With fans urging Abramovich to extend their contracts, the Russian seems reluctant in doing so.