Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Roman’s Mission Statement: Can Villa Boas Meet the Demands?

Andre Villas-Boas has acknowledged the high expectations he faces at Chelsea in his first press conference since succeeding Carlo Ancelotti as manager at the club.

The 33-year-old became the Blues' seventh manager in eight seasons last week after owner Roman Abramovich agreed to meet Porto's world record £13.3million release clause.

Villas-Boas has experienced working under Abramovich in the past as part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff and understands the need to win trophies in order to ensure the safety of his job.

'What you expect at this club is to be successful straightaway,' he said. 'It is the same at any top club, you have to win every week. There is no running away from that. I will surprised if I am kept on the job I don't win.'

'It is something that is expected for me. I have to be successful. Who expects to stay at Chelsea if you don't win anything?'

'The expectations for the club, we know what they are, they are for the maximum success. The managers that have sat in this chair for the last seven years have been challenged to win trophies.'

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Will the Wally with the Brolly be Forest Champ or Forest Chump?

Nottingham Forest have placed their faith in Steve McClaren to guide their side back into the Premier League after a 12 year absence from the top flight.

McClaren has been in exile from English management since his disastrous spell as England manager came to an end in 2007.

After England’s failure to qualify for Euro 2008 McClaren was lovingly dubbed the ‘Wally with the Brolly’ by the national media for making the mistake of holding an umbrella in the Wembley rain.

McClaren has since attempted to rebuild his reputation overseas and achieved success leading FC Twente to their first Dutch title since the 1920s.

However he has struggled to escape the damage done to his managerial credentials by his failings as England manager and this was highlighted when he was sacked just eight months into his tenure at Wolfsburg.

The Wolfsburg fans conducted a ‘brolly protest’ in which hundreds of umbrellas were put up during a game to show their disapproval of the poor results the Yorkshireman achieved with the club.

McClaren has received the full backing from everyone at Nottingham Forest and has been promised the necessary funds to help his bid to win promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt, though it could still pose a major challenge for someone who has never managed a team out of the top division.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

#hairwego: Rooney’s Hair Transplant Tops Twitter Trends

Wayne Rooney's hair transplant has become one of the top trending topics on twitter following the United star's confirmation of the news on the social networking site this morning.

'Just to confirm to all my followers I have had a hair transplant. I was going bald at 25 why not,' he tweeted.

The England striker said he had his treatment at a hair clinic on London's famous Harley Street and asked if his followers could try and get #hairwego trending.

Rooney let his followers know that they would be the first to witness his new hair once the swelling has died down and asked for recommendations for some good hair gel.

Fellow tweeter and United teammate Rio Ferdinand was quick to respond to the news about Rooney’s hair tweeting: 'Just don't go down the wearing a alice band route!! You'll be doing head&shoulders adverts soon! Hope its gone ok Good luck lad.'

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Abramovich Finally Finds his Perfect Manager?

Roman Abramovich's search for a manager who can bring Champions League glory to Stamford Bridge as well as domestic success continues following the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti was shown the door shortly after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat against Everton on the last game of the season, just twelve short months since he led his side to a League and FA Cup double.

Since the Russian billionaire's bought Chelsea in 2003 he has shown little tolerance for failure and as a result is set to appoint his seventh manager in eight years.

Abramovich’s high demand for success has meant that every manager who has failed to win the league with Chelsea in any given season has been given the sack, with the exception of Scolari who didn’t manage entire season and Mourinho who lasted until the following September in 2007.

The frequent chopping and changing at Stamford Bridge as well as the meddling by Abramovich has split opinion amongst Chelsea fans.

Whilst most are grateful for the Russians investment in the club, some believe that the lack of stability that comes with a high turnover of managers is having a negative effect on the club.