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A Letter To Roman Abramovich

Dear Mr. Roman Abramovich, As a Chelsea fan, I’m very much confused at this point of time. Strange beginning for a letter, isn’t it? I mean I could have begun with loads of admiring and respectful sentences for you, which, leaving every possible d…

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Dear Mr. Roman Abramovich,

As a Chelsea fan, I’m very much confused at this point of time. Strange beginning for a letter, isn’t it? I mean I could have begun with loads of admiring and respectful sentences for you, which, leaving every possible doubt aside, are present at their deserved stature. You made Chelsea FC what it is today, no question about it. You made us capable of being a top European powerhouse. No, no, this isn’t a “Thank You” letter. It is just a letter, I hope, that will try to present to you the state of confusion Chelsea fans like me are in right now.

Just to take a glance at Chelsea before you stepped in, we were in dire straights. Financially under a lot of stress, there were huge concerns. But fortunately, the team was performing well. We had a decent manager in Ranieri, who had built up a good team, a team whose foundations had been laid by Vialli and Gullit. This team had the potential to challenge for top honours, but faltered due to some reasons or the other.

Then came the historic summer of 2003. You bought Chelsea FC. Practically, you gave hope to a million fans across the globe. That season, we saw some fantastic players arrive at Chelsea and that led to a second place finish in the league with a good run to the semi finals in Europe. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for you, so you went ahead and sacked Mr. Ranieri, and we didn’t know how to react. But then you gifted us a talented manager, “The Special One”, Jose Mourinho.

You gave Jose the freedom to spend the cash and he did not disappoint, not one bit. Success followed. Those were some amazing days, a dreamy time to be a Chelsea fan. We loved Mourinho like nothing else, we were on top of the world. We thought, it was the start of a wonderful era. But as the old cliché goes, what goes up, must come down. Well, Chelsea didn’t exactly go down, but your relationship with Mourinho certainly did. Its no hidden secret that Mourinho had a ego as good as yours, so he parted company. Chelsea lost a gem, we lost a hero. Although we thought Mourinho had won those trophies for Chelsea, he perhaps thought he had won them for himself. There are some of us who still believe he loves the club and that he should be back. And there are others too, like me.

Going forward, you replaced Mourinho with a man pretty much unknown, and we were always skeptical about his appointment, albeit as a caretaker. Avram Grant, although being a decent, humble human, was never an astute and winning manager. His short stay was marked by that remarkable march to the Champions League Final in Moscow, which ended rather unremarkably for Chelsea. No surprises then, you sacked him. Considering the situation and the person in the job, we were quite okay with your decision. Again though, there were a very few of us who said Grant should have been given another season. I bet there won’t be anyone of that opinion now.

So, moving on, you made a huge appointment, in Luis Felipe Scolari, which rather turned out to be a big disappointment. The man was confused most of the times, and couldn’t handle the team the way it was expected off him. Six months and some dismal results later, you sacked him. No doubts you had to pay him huge money for compensation, but your love for the club was, and is, bigger than the money. Many of us were again, of the opinion that this should not have happened, he was a decent manager who just needed a little bit of faith and time. And then there were a few like me, who thought you had made the correct decision.

As a caretaker replacement, this time you got the big fish you’d always wanted. Guus Hiddink agreed to steer the ship for six months, and he did that in some style. Had it not been for that infamous semi final against Barcelona (curse you, Ovrebo!), who knows if it would have been a cup double for Chelsea that season. But we, the fans, were more than happy with the FA Cup success after the roller coaster season we had witnessed. The fans wanted Hiddink to stay, the players wanted Hiddink to stay. But he had his objectives clear to him and made his decision to leave. We were left reeling and thinking who would be our next saviour now, who would be your next choice.

And then came this amazing gentleman, the man you had courted for a long long time. Carlo Ancelotti had a tremendous history with the Champions League, which was, and is, the holy-grail for Chelsea and you. Quite naturally, our expectations were sky high. The league was running pretty smoothly, we were winning 6-0s and 7-0s! But the European campaign faltered, and that too at the hands of none other than Mourinho’s Inter. Still, in hindsight, the season was a dream come true. A domestic double! Something that Chelsea FC had never achieved before, and Carlo had done it in his first season incharge! It was an amazing achievement by Carlo and his team, made in blistering style and some delightful football. Carlo did it with the squad that was available, not buying any new players. We were rollicking in the glory, the success and the amazing football we had witnessed by our team. We were struck by the love and passion the team, and Carlo in particular showed for the club.

Carlo’s second season, which is profoundly the reason for me to write this letter to you, has been a very very dismal season. In regards to the trophies, we have none. We are all very sorry at the way our team has played this season, with an ominous lack of passion. Fingers have been raised, and many of them (read Media) have pointed at Carlo. Well, this time, many fans (including me), think you will be making a huge mistake by sacking Carlo. A man who gave us a Double in his first season, has been given a very disrespectful treatment, particularly after the loss at Old Trafford this month. We believe that Carlo deserves the chance to lead the club for another season, a chance to build his own team in the coming two transfer windows. I understand that we are no Arsenal, but another year at the helm is the least Carlo deserves for what he has given to Chelsea FC.

Hence coming back to the state of confusion I referred to at the beginning, this is what I mean. The situation regarding Carlo. We, as fans of the club you love, have endeared Carlo and simply will be devastated if he is sacked. The players have made their opinion clear time and again, the captain himself stating his love for Carlo. Although considering the kind of haste you are in to sack people, we are surprised that you haven’t sacked Carlo yet, but also think the indications are there that you have already made your decision, & its just a matter of time before the man departs. So after all this, I beg you on behalf of all Chelsea fans, please don’t sack Carlo. We have been through enough starts-from-the-beginning seasons in recent years, and desperately want to see a success defining stability at the club. And for that, we believe Carlo is the right man. Give him a good assistant is all we ask, nothing more. Sacking him will do no good at this moment, but it will surely break a million hearts.


A confused, true Chelsea fan.

Submitted by Chelsea Fanatic




  1. Sir Cecil

    May 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    What an embarrassment. I’ve read pre-Christmas letters to Santa Claus from five-year olds that are more meaningful.

    • Santa C

      May 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

      Dear Cecil,

      What is it you want this year? I ask very early as u always want the lastest and bestest nappies, they are hard to get, but I understand you need many daily. Nappy man I will do my best.


      Santa C.

  2. Minto Fresh

    May 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Dr Roman Abramovich,

    Omkar89 does not speak for all fans.

    Chelsea have taken on the personality of their manager after spending too much time with him, becoming both gutless and lacklustre.

    May we have a manager with vision and balls? Why keep a weak man who is loved by our rivals on account of being non threatening?

  3. Peter

    May 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    @Sir Cecil
    Regardless of what you think of the letter, which I think is great by the way, he is completely right in what he is saying. I will be devastated if Carlo is sacked. We need stability! Look at Man Utd! As much as I hate them, they do well with the stability that they have. Continuing to change the team every season or two will do nobody any good. It will be a huge mistake if you sack Carlo, and I can see the team having an even worst season next year if thats how it ends up. It was the departure of Ray Wilkins that killed us this season. Disgraceful decision there by Abramovich, and sacking Carlo would be another awful decision. So I beg of you Abramovich, DO NOT SACK CARLO ANCELOTTI!

  4. A.M.

    May 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Don’t fans realize that it’s Roman’s team and he can do what he damn well pleases. If it weren’t for him, Chelsea FC never would have won anything in recent times. By signing the checks and building the infrastructure, he’s actualy far more important than any manager could ever hope to be, even Mourinho who some treat like the second coming. I wouldn’t mind if Carlo is retained, but again it’s Roman’s choice. I would also like to see Avram Grant brought back in some capacity. He’s a fine gentleman who has never been given credit for any of his successes, and set up to fail by meddling fans, media, and ownership. Frankly his treatment in England has been disgraceful. I hope he gets another shot, and I think Roman owes him one in some sense. I wouldn’t point to West Ham as an example of his abilities. Dire financial straits, overrated vets, vetoed signings, and back-stabbing leadership made that an impossible situation for any manager, and that’s why everyone has turned it down. Director of Football would be a good fit for Avram. He’s a good judge of talent.

  5. Minto Fresh

    May 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm


    A lot is said about the detrimental effect of the Chelsea board and our supposed instability, but after winning three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two Carling Cups, two Community Shields and our first ever Champions League final – is it really having a bad effect?

    Ancelotti is no Ferguson. Ferguson had a difficult start to life at Old Trafford, fans were calling for his head, but he’s always had ball and Carlo has none. Ancelotti is like Benitez, if you want stability he’ll take you down. Terrible Serie A record over the long-term.

    To get stability, you must find the right man and Carlo is weak.

  6. Minto Fresh

    May 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm


  7. Blueboy

    May 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Certainly doesn’t speak for all Chelsea fans. It is in the best interest of the club to sack him now. Now point wasting more time and money on him. He is not yhe man to bring about a new era. He’s got to go

  8. Wing Commander

    May 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Pass me the hankies! Some of us have been Chelsea fans for longer than you – since when did Chelsea do “nice” and when did we start grovelling in public?
    I want Mourinho back, and to get rid of any players/journeymen back to France or wherever(that includes Ruskieland).

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  10. gary

    May 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Ancelotti has done a fair job. It will be hard to find someone better. I am sure that Mourinho would be an instant success, and Hiddink would do well, but both seem committed to their present jobs and it’s unlikely that the other suggestions like Zola or Rijkaard would do any better than Carlo.
    Ancelotti did make some odd decisions this season; playing Torres against Liverpool in his first game was probably the worst of them. This did leave us all wondering if there was pressure from above. But we have recently seen a change of attitude. Torres has started from the bench, allowing the more confident Drogba to set the early pace, and the triple substitution against New Castle was a bold move that made me think the best of Ancelotti is yet to come. I think many fans are wondering if Ancelotti has the vision to make winning decisions. Things did go awry when Wilkinson left, and Carlo seemed like he was at sea for a while. I think he needs a good assistant, and I would be keen to see Terry phased out as a player and brought in next to him. I also think a number of fans are concerned that Ancelotti will hang on to aging players (like Terry) when it’s time for them to go. He did keep a number of aging players at AC Milan, and right now Chelsea needs to replace a few of their slowing heroes. But putting all this aside; Ancelotti is loved by all the fans and the members of his team. Torres commented on how much more laughter there is in the Chelsea changing room in comparison to the Liverpool one, and I can only imagine that this is due to Ancelotti’s influence. Ancelotti is also respected by all Premiership managers. He is honest and diplomatic. I cannot remember him ever attacking another manager or a referee since he arrived at Chelsea. But whether Ancelotti will prove to be a fighter and serial cup winner like Mourinho is another question. Logic tells me he deserves another year, but Chelsea cannot afford any more “bad moments”… whatever that means.

  11. udochi

    May 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    see u crazy fans carlo didt go cfc wont quarlify 4 champ league next season and our youth wont have chance to develop so should go now i hate him final

  12. Chelseaphan

    May 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    he does deserve better but he never keeps promise if we lost the title for giving youngsters a chance they I will still smile, but being give two of worlds best players (well one of) he still couldn’t manage to get the best out of him. But I still fancy Andre Villa Boas who has just won UEFA cup about an hour ago. He knows Chelsea from being there for three years fluent in English and plays attacking football! what more can you ask oh he is clearly Jose 2.0

  13. KT

    May 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Grovelling to rich idiots is very unedifying. The writer of this letter should get some self-respect.

  14. Richard Charman

    May 19, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I agree with much of the analysis you offer above, but not your conclusion.

    Roman appears to believe in the benefits of a state of permanent revolution which means managers will change regularly.

    Chelsea have probably never played better than they did for the first few weeks of this past season.

    Then something appeared to go seriously wrong within the club. The results started to go wrong – even before Ray Wilkins was sacked.

    What was noticeable was that over the rest of this past season we continually lost footballing records we had created in terms of going undefeated against particular opponents, season after season after season.

    More concerning was the impact on how Chelsea was perceived.

    Jose Mourinho made Chelsea invincible not only in the Chelsea players’ minds, but as importantly, in the minds of their opponents and their opponents fans – so they would be on the way to defeat even before they entered the field of play against us.

    Under Carlo Ancelotti, whatever he did, he singularly failed to ensure that perceived invincibility either in the eyes of the Chelsea players or, our opponents, or their fans was maintained.

    It will in my humble opinion take someone other than Carlo Ancelotti (- please come back Jose) to re-instil that belief back in the Chelsea players and in the opposition.

    We have an ageing squad, with under utilised young players, so we don’t know if they have the ability to deliver on the world stage.

    We have ageing stars like Didier Drogba who still have much to offer whether Roman wants him or not. He will make a great asset to our opponents if allowed to leave.

    We have Kalou who has everything other than the presence and belief of Didier. He can score but doesn’t do so often enough.

    Carlo Ancelotti for whatever reason has failed to ensure that Chelsea have a squad capable of making a seamless transition (as Manchester United do regularly)from one team capable of winning a European Champions League to another.

    We do need new blood in the team, but first we need a manager capable of building a new confident, capable, successful, Chelsea on the pitch.

    Whatever undermined Carlo’s reign early last season has clearly not gone away even if the improved performances towards the end of the season papered over the failings and the reasons for them.

    The question is why after such a fantastic start to the season everything turned pear-shaped?

    If those are related to how management is allowed to manage, then how is any manager to succeed at Chelsea in the future?

    There are major issues left to be addressed and resolved about the future role of a Chelsea manager, the freedom to chose players, build a team integrate new young players, the style of play, the objective – is it winning in style, winning efficiently, or playing pretty football like Arsenal who have won nothing in recent years?

    Whatever it is, any new manager, if they are any good, will want to know the answers before they accept the job.

    There are very few managers capable of fulfilling the brief set out above successfully. That is the problem.

    Of course, many of us would have Jose back at the drop of a hat because he is a natural born winner.

    • Sylvan

      May 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      We want carlo to stay he is good manager cal back ray as assistant, and go neymer,william, ganso, lukaku,hazard, nasri and snaija

  15. mo

    May 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

    its villas boas get rid of drogba, anelka, lampard, malouda, ferreira, bosingwa, helario tumbull b4 bringin him lampard is our bigest problem, he is in d heart of d mid field he has lost his strength any body can disposes him even my grand ma always wanting to shoot even when a player is beter positioned 2 score no dribbling no more a gud free kick taker so y settle 4 second best? Malouda winger witout dribling skil and pacd to sum it up all dis people i listed ar tired legs flush dem out i dont care if we do nt qualify for champions league next season let dis young genious(villas boas) rebuild chelsea

    • chilz

      May 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

      get rid of lampard? u crazy. play him sparingly i would say. like the way fergie does. i admit he doesnt make runs to the box any more or shhots from distance, as you get older ur game play changes, easpecially when u’ve had differnt managers asks different things from you

  16. pancake

    May 19, 2011 at 12:29 am


  17. Egege Sam

    May 19, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Sack Carlo and u’ld Cast more doom on Chelsea…bring in a reputable Ass. Manager for this gaffer, lure in fresh legs and we roll again. Am tired of all these sack! Sack! Sack!

  18. Arthur

    May 19, 2011 at 1:48 am

    am really sick and tired of all this bullshit. Someone should please try and talk sense into abramovic or probably chelsea board. Come 2 think of it I don’t really know why the big man is yet 2 signal the departure of this man that calls himsef carletto, chelseafc should also get rid of those so called big stars that goes from week 2 week earning 2 much amount of money and has nothing 2 offer.u dont expect torres 2 start scoring when likes of malouda,lampard and drogba are still in chelsea team,never! i observed that defenders should be scares of wingers but nobody fears malouda. No dribble skills,no pace nothing even my grandmum can mark him out of game.lampard is even worst more than any other person in that very team,no cultural or through passes frm him to our strikers,he’s just a dead wood runing around d pitch from week 2 week, Even drogba,kalou,anelka,bosingwa,zirhkov they are all failures get rid of them and get young players that has all it takes 2 satisfy us..pls get sanchez,hazard or neymar,lilian as wingers.ganso in particular as a playmaker.,v.der wiel 4 rwb.and probably 1 striker.i believe we can fly wth some of this players

  19. nick

    May 19, 2011 at 1:58 am

    the ancheloti is the worst ever coach who has chelsea you dont kwnow anything about football yor opinion is ridiculous .come on roman go for 1.mourinio 2.hiddink 3.andre villas boas 4.frank raikart and yes this time i want clear out .out mikel malouda anelka kalou zhirkov bosingua ferreira lampard all this crap payers out my man

  20. Mero

    May 19, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Dear Chelsea Fans,
    Don’t we ALL love this club, we all want chelsea to be the best team ever , we REALLY WANT to win the UEFA CL, I love Carlo , but again he is not Muri , He simply has no Balls, Stars like drogba , lamps and malouda need someone to shout at them , to bring them back to their senses, We don’t want another coach ,, we want the Special ONE back … Muri was,is the best coach ever , and if he wasnt saked back in the days we would’ve won the champions league that year , i mean after all the moron grant got us to the semi final , what would’ve the king Muri ve done , With all love to each and every one of you , CHELSEA FC


  21. chaitanya

    May 19, 2011 at 5:48 am

    carlo is good manager but hes not the one for chelsea defintly…
    reason 1-selling 4-5 first teamers and buying just 2 players in the 2nd season and then loaning 4-5 youngsters in the half way.
    reason 2-wasting players with talent like mikel,yuri,josh,kalou,bosigwa,kakuta..the list goes on and on.
    reason 3-playing out of form players consistently ex.malouda,ramires,ferreira…
    reason 4-wasting talent of young josh coz he simply playes him in defensive role.
    reason 5.-he is too much predictable.the changes he makes,his formation changes..any1 can predict them so easily.
    we need change now.i am absolutely sure that guus hiddink is the man for chelsea.

  22. Nwosu kingsley

    May 19, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Carlo don’t know how to use players.we need Hiddink back.

  23. Flekzyboi(blues4life)

    May 19, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Abra,sack ancelotti nd brng back the special one,hiddink or vilas boas.Dat is the only option nd discharge anelka,malouda,kalou,drogba,zhikov,lampard,essien,bosingwa,pherira,hilario nd tunbull.nd bring in young nd fresh legs,neymar,sanchez,aguero,mata,hazzard,sturridge,sneilder/pastore,modric,sandro,willian,vanderweil nd begovic.Dat is if abrahimovic want chelsea 2 move forward.

  24. hamaene

    May 19, 2011 at 7:44 am

    carlo is very good but we nrrd someone who would move chelsea forward. he has shown us with some selection that we have to sack him..hiddink will do

  25. Ibans.

    May 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hi guyz, much has been said about d present form of chelsea, do we k to ask ourself if all diz our sacked managers r actually bad as d perform here in chelsea, our team management should get a beter coach n give him d freedom to manage d team without impossures on him, cos our coaches always have d problem of impossing players on them. Lampard has not won laurels than Ryan Giggs but he plays more matches than Giggs even when his form is low, most of our players performance are bad cos d management is bad. Lets get a beter coach eg Hiddink or get Ancelotti a beter assistant n let him manage d team. Thanx

  26. O.J

    May 19, 2011 at 10:13 am

    A confused, true Chelsea fan that wrote a letter to Abramovich has been confused by Carlo’s performance!!!!!!!
    He is a wrong manager for chelsea, he lack alot of ability ,he is not tactical, he doesn’t know how to fix the players , he has confused great players of chelsea, there is no team network , and torres was a bad purchase that chelsea will soon understand.

    I’m sorry but carlo has to leave our lovely chelsea for good.

  27. Rayyan

    May 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I hate u carlos,he is not the right man 4 chelsea Since he came to chel we r not performing well in ucl.Mourinho is the right man GO WE HATE U ANCELOTTI

  28. Rusoke Gabriel

    May 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Please Sir Roman Abramovich as God has blessed U. please kindly help me and support me with a grant to construct a shelter” house” for my family at a cost of U$ 30,000 to keep me remembering my team Chelsea and you the main sponsor. I love Chelsea i support chelsea thank you.

  29. Kel xy

    May 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Ancelotti needs to go. Imagine him playing consistently out-of-form players such as lampard, malouda, essien, etc. Our lacklustre display proves that he cannot command respect and discipline from his players. He, alongside malouda, lampard, essien, mikel, bosingwa, ferreira, anelka, hilario and turnbull must go while fresh new legs must be injected in order for chelsea to return to their glory days.

  30. chelsea_crazy_fan

    May 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    i agree with those statement… but i also agree if Abramovich sack Carlo, but just 1 good candidate that only can replace him…. Jose Morinho, “The Special One”… He love chelsea very much, that include out player and fans… Bring back Jose… He the only one can bring Chelsea to the top of world…

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