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“You’re Not Fit To Wear The Shirt” – A Total Disgrace

The two banners put up in Cobham today, in my view, is an absolute disgrace to the club and the fans. Today this banner had appeared because of our poor run in the last view months, but this is a sport and win & loss are part of it. First of all, we fans should be true fans, not mere glory hunters or plastic fans. Just because we are facing a worst run of a decade doesn’t mean we have to chop up things. I want the person who put up this banner to realize that If not for Roman Abramovich, we are not who we are now. We rank second in the UEFA Coefficient table, equal with United and 0.6 points behind Real Madrid. Who brought us to this position? Who helped us win 3 titles after 50+ years of League Title drought? Under whose ownership we won our first historic double in our 105 years of history? If not for Roman Abramovich and his passion towards Chelsea, nothing if the above could have been achieved.

I’m one of those who has criticized Roman for his handling of club but I don’t doubt his passion for the club. We criticize some of his decisions but we don’t insult him. In fact we Chelsea fans should be thankful to him. He has been a great owner for us, compare with the highly indebt Glazers and the previous American owners of Liverpool, both despite having ‘so called’ proud history, suffered and is suffering under their owners, while our dear Abramovich is washing out our club debts from his personal fortune. Criticize Roman’s decisions – we welcome, it’ll help Roman to correct but don’t insult him, that’ll be the nastiest thing a True Blue could do. At some point we should be thankful for the owner, because Roman has always been more than an owner – a fan of Chelsea himself. Of course like all human he too had made a few mistakes but we cannot insult his love and passion towards the club because of that. Indeed like any other fan, he too is disappointed when Chelsea lose. The major mistake he made is sacking Jose (indeed forcing Jose to quit) – it is a bitter mistake but see the merits, Chelsea’s player salaries are much higher than of United, Arsenal or Spurs, yet we are still a debt free club. If not for Sheik’s City, Roman has spent more in the transfer market in the past 7 years. After doing so much for Chelsea, what he get’s at last is such a disgraceful banner from a Fan! Nothing but absolute shame!

Ancelotti out? – The fan should be at his zenith of insanity. Where was he when Ancelotti won the double last season? If you can celebrate a victory, why can’t you accept a poor run? Do you want to win always? then you are not a football fan but a glory hunter – a plastic fan! Ancelotti is one of the very few who won the League in their first season. Even Ferguson or Arsene couldn’t do that. Ferguson finished 11th in his first season at United, in the second season he finished Second but against in the next season he finished 11th and the next season was a disaster for him, and the fans put up a banner “Three years of excuses and it’s still crap. Ta ra Fergie.”, what do you think the state of United would have been has the board sacked him then? It took Ferguson 5 years to win his first title, despite making many ‘big’ signings in the previous seasons. Success is a long process and sustainable success is an even longer process, without patience and devotion it is impossible to attain sustainable success. Why can’t our fans be patient? It’s hard, we get irritated and depressed but isn’t it all part of life? Didn’t we wait for 3 years to win the title for the 3rd time in the Abramovich era? Why can’t we accept defeats now? Yes, they are bad, but isn’t it our club? Will you dispose your injured child because he is injured or will you support him to get him back to condition? For me supporting Chelsea is a passion and not a commodity you trade according to the merits.

Then why are we failing? Rather comparing the first team in the matches, I compare the benches and we are having one of the weakest bench in the league. No disrespect to the youngsters but we need match winners or people who are able to turn situations in the bench when the first team players are not doing good. For example, when Drogba or Anelka is failing we need another player of the same level to step up. Unfortunately we don’t have that sort of quality in the bench. Last season we had experienced legs like Deco, Ballack, Cavarlho, Belletti and Joe Cole in the bench, this season we are missing them. Ballack use to be a starting player for us and we suddenly let him go after a successful season. Yes, he is old but has we brought in good replacements then no harm letting him go but we failed to do that. I am not a fan of Belletti but at times when subbed in he has put some good performances.

I don’t see Ramires & Benyoun as good replacements for Ballack, Joe Cole and Deco. Neither of them match the quality and experience of Ballack. So this is where we slipped this season. We have great youngsters, they show flashes of talent but that is not enough to win matches. Foe example, when Chamakh, Arshavin and Nasri start for Arsenal they have players like Van Persie and Walcott in the bench, we don’t have that quality. City is doing well because they have a great team and a great bench. If Rafael Da Silva is starting for United this season, he was in the squad and bench for 3 years now and just now getting serious opportunities, thus you don’t expect youngsters to step in as soon as they start training with the first team. Unfortunately we didn’t have managerial consistency, so we could build a consistent and sustainable team. So let us give Ancelotti some time, let him even take a couple of seasons. Had the United Fans & Board not been patient in the Ferguson’s first 5 years, they wouldn’t have won 35 trophies in the next 19 years including 11 EPL Titles and 2 Champions League. So no harm in giving Ancelotti some time.

Some fans scream ‘Bring Back Jose!’ – well Jose Mourinho is a Chelsea Legend, the man who changed Chelsea into Champions, I’m a big fan of him but Jose’s chapter with Chelsea is a closed one, it is a great and massively successful chapter but that’s finished, we have to move on. Thus, it’s pointless dreaming about Jose back at Chelsea. Let us support Ancelotti, who achieved what even Jose couldn’t achieve, the historic double! I’m sure Ancelotti can bring great success to Chelsea. Let’s be patient and Let’s give Ancelotti some time and space to breath! Let’s not get involved in disgraceful balderdash.

What about ‘none of you are fit to wear the shirt’? well they are high profile players, they get paid in millions but after all they are humans. Same players playing over and over again, injuries plaguing them, even players playing with injuries, all because of lack of back up players, so can’t fully blame them for not performing. Yes, most of the players haven’t done well, some have been a disaster but aren’t they the same players won the double last season? so declaring them unworthy to wear the shirt is unfair. They had been sloppy, we’ve booed them, they understand the shame and hope they are trying, so let’s better back them when they play instead of cursing them.

Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!

Ash Di Spontaneus

Chelsea Analyst

Submitted  by Chelsea Fanatic



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  2. Jack

    January 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    As an Arsenal fan with our own share of thoughtless children demanding instant and perpetual gratification, may I say how much I agree with your reaction to those ludicrous banners. Unfortunately that is the downside of the Johnny-come-lately glory-hunters who come with success and/or the distorting impact of bottomless transfer funds. You just have to hope the latter will be spent wisely.

  3. inners

    January 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I too am outraged, however I am consoled by the ease with which Carlo responded to the news of it put by a journalist – we can all learn something from Carlo’s attitude to negativity.

    Also let us bear in mind, we are assuming the banner was placed by Chelsea fans, we have no evidence, so I am not going to lose sleep over it.

    Personally; as a medium, our beloved Blues will go on a successful run and our foes will in turn falter… come the business end of the season we will right in there batting for glory – you read it here FIRST!


  4. Buzz3210(Gooner4Life)

    January 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    As an Arsenal fan i echo what Jack said is football that shallow that its win first support later whoever did that needs instant banning if found we have our fair share of village idiots by this takes the biscuit.

  5. McBang

    January 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Very well put!!!!!! How can these thoughtless people even consider these acts of stupidity, yet alone waste their time putting them into action!!! Carlo is a great manager. He has accomplished many things as a manager for different clubs. Who do they think is going to replace him?! Yes I agree that not all of the decisions that have been made were the best, but that’s with hindsight. All the decisions made last season worked well enough didn’t they?! We’ve had some bad luck this season too with the injuries to key players. We will get back up there even if it takes another season!! As for the articles comments on abramovich, they couldn’t be more correct. Without him we wouldn’t be the club we are today. Yes he makes mistakes too but that’s life!! Suck it up you sad muppets

  6. Beo

    January 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    For some Chelsea “fans” to put up such a banner is disgraceful. But Arsenal has been dealing with “fans” like that for a while, who urge Wenger to spend money like Abramovic, forgetting that Arsenal is not owned by a billionaire.
    However, assembling a team like Chelsea did always comes with the danger of what you are facing now, unless the billionaire owner is willing to pluck down $1-200 million every few years.
    I hate to gloat, but people who understood the economics of football knew this day was coming. You could see it in the pre-season when Chelsea performed very badly. But starting the season against comparatively weak opposition hid the flaws for a while.

  7. king gooner

    January 7, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    er beo.we don’t have fans like that/thank god!by the way wenger did win the title in first FULL season,actually it was “the double”& it did not cost BILLIONS to jog on

  8. James

    January 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I think the problem with chelsea is the way in which they have chopped and changed managers in the last few years its been a massive set back for the development of the team and club. unfortunatly the comment about chelsea being debt free, you are very much mistaken, debt free is where a club can fund its self without the money of a sugardaddy to pay their way this is why chelsea are so desperate to land the olympic stadium.

    Chelsea need to stick with carlo and find a new owner im afraid, roman has been a great elixer to chelsea bringing back a sleeping giant but he show signs of loosing his grip with the essential sacking of ray wilkins for no reason it has had a big weight on the players backs.

    Chelsea need some continuity and stability even if they dont win silverware for a while they need to restructure the club foundations up then chelsea will start to become a force with the strength and depth and mix of youth and expierence the used to be

  9. Asmo

    January 8, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Wonderful banner, brought a smile to my face.

    So fleeting wasn’t it Chelsea?

  10. Think Again

    January 8, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Oh come on.

    Put up 2 days late. Nobody there to take credit for it.

    Either it’s one mindless twat, or more likely it’s the usual media tactics of ‘let’s manufacture a story to sell our rubbish paper’.

    And people buy it every time… Unbelievable.

  11. Beo

    January 8, 2011 at 2:08 am

    @”king gooner”-what Arsenal blogs have you been reading? Let me recommend Le Grove, and read the comments too! They have called for every signing from Melo to Wickham , called Wenger a bunch of names, called players like Denilson to Arshavin as not fit to wear the shirt, called for Wenger to be fired, etc.

    No, I do not feel sorry for Chelsea, as some of who they thought were fans are glory hunters. Just like some of so-called Arsenal “fans” are.

    My point was that a lot of football economist saw this coming to Chelsea. They predicted that unless the owner was willing to spend a couple of hundred million every 3-4 years, the team would age. Abramovic decided to cut the wage bill, hence got rid of some veterans9rejects of other clubs too). He knew the future lay in developing young talents. I only hope he’s not found a new toy. I wonder how Sheikh Yarbuty’s largesse at ManC will last too. We need more than ManU, L’pool and Arsenal in the EPL.

    Now Wenger does not seem to so crazy. So many clubs are now realizing that Arsenal are doing it the right way for long term sustainability. Clubs cannot continue to pay $30-40 million for average players like Lescott, Adebayor, Bridge, Barry, Milner and co. This madness has to stop!

  12. The Main Gooner

    January 8, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Beo is right, we do have our fair share of glory hunting fans, and it has become more noticeable (too me anyway) since we moved to the Emirates… A lot of them had never even been to an Arsenal game at Highbury, and only came ‘on board’ so to speak during the reign of the “invincible” team of 2004… A team which I doubt we will ever see the likes of again (certainly not in my lifetime)… I’ve been an Arsenal supporter for 45 years and a season ticket holder for 36 of them, and over the years I’ve seen faces on the terraces come and go… The latest crop are the ones that moan and bitch about Wenger and his transfer policy… The person that wrote the post above states (and quite rightly) that Chelsea fans should be grateful for what Abromavich has done for their club, without his money and passion for the club, it would have been 56 years now since they last won the league… We as Arsenal fans should be equally grateful to Arsene Wenger, his vision and knowledge of World football has transformed Arsenal Football Club.. Beo also makes the point above about Arsenal not having a billionaire owner, and to be honest I hope we never do. Running a football club is a business and it has to make a profit, and that profit then has to be invested wisely to secure the long term future of the club… That’s exactly what Wenger has done, and long may that continue… Like Beo I don’t feel sorry for Chelsea, they’ve enjoyed a few good years thanks to Roman’s cheque book, but even he is not going to splash out 200 million every few years to re-build an aging team… You can buy success in the Premier League, Chelsea have proved that, and no doubt Man City will do the same over the next few years, but the fact is you can’t sustain that success without stability in terms of the clubs management and the investment in young players… What was it that Wenger said a few years ago “We don’t buy superstars, we make them”… Chelsea are getting a bit like Spurs, as soon as they have a bad run of results, they sack the Manager, this approach will always de-stabilise a club… I’d be very surprised if Ancellotti is still in charge at the Bridge come the end of the season, and I seriously doubt whether the Russian will splash out another 200 million, over the next few years to re-build the Chelsea team… I think Chelsea are on the slide, and if they don’t make the CL next year, then Abromavich might decide to call it a day and buy another toy to play with…

  13. sunny

    January 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Well, good points out there, but the truth is we will never be bigger than Manchester United..

  14. R

    January 8, 2011 at 10:43 am

    It may have have been helpful if a ‘Chelsea Analyst’ used correct use of spelling and grammar.

    However, very valid points.

  15. Athesit Gooner

    January 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Good article. Every club has its lunatic fans, nothing new here. But as an Arsenal fan, I just would like to point out that Arsene DID win the league in his first FULL season. He finished 2nd I believe the season before, but he wasn’t the manager at the start of that season.

    Just wanted to point that out.
    Oh, and for a bit of banter, if there’s ONE club that owes EVERYTHING to its owner, it’s Chelsea (and Man City in the future).

  16. Athesit Gooner

    January 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I just would like to add that the reason so many Arsenal fans are posting here is because this article has strangely been featured on , probably because it mentions Arsene Wenger..

    We’re not … “voyeurs” 😉

  17. Javier

    January 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Great article. Im a to death United fan, and I support 100% what is being said. Chelsea is a massive club thanks to Abramovic and his passion for the team. Ancelotti is an outstanding manager, up to an outstanding Chelsea team.

    Come on, give this guy a break. Give they both a chance to rebuild the team during the summer, and you all will realize how well they have done when you finish just a couple of points behind United in next season title race.

    Chelsea is a great team, w/great fans. Don’t ruin that with such demands only worthy of a City fan.

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