Posts Tagged ‘Scolari

10
Feb
09

Fans help force Scolari out.

Scolari’s sacking, while a little surprising given the fact that many thought he’d be allowed to prove his worth in the Champion’s league, is hardly a real shock.
The amount of managers that have left their Premier League clubs this season is almost laughable, it seems “Big Phil” should have been grateful to have lasted so long.
Was the media to blame for the former Brazil and Portugal coaches sacking?
It would hardly be the first time the media have been accused of forcing a manager out. Earlier on in the season the then Blackburn manager Paul Ince blamed Granada Television for helping to try and get him sacked.
In the case of Scolari though, it seems the fans turning against him may finally have pushed the board towards pulling the plug on his tenure. Chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” and even banners saying “Scolari out” cannot have helped his cause.
Despite the fans displeasure sacking a manager after only seven months in charge seems harsh even by Chelsea’s standards. Now though the rumour mill has gone into overdrive with every big name from Hiddink to Rijkaard being linked with the Stamford Bridge hot-seat, there’s even talk of Avram Grant returning, albeit only until the end of the season. The main contender though seems to be firm fans favourite Gianfranco Zola. His time at Upton Park has now started producing results along with stylish football and the fact that former successful Chelsea coach Steve Clarke is his number two makes a Zola/Clarke return to Chelsea seem a mouth watering prospect.
Personally I think it would be beneficial for both Zola and Chelsea if he at least waits until the end of the season before considering a move. Zola was a fairly risky appointment by the West Ham board given his lack of Premier League management experience and a seeing out the remainder of the season would be the very least he could do to repay the faith of the West Ham board. It will also give him chance to start afresh in the summer and stop West Ham from kicking up too much of a fuss about him leaving. If Zola does take the job at Chelsea it seems he should expect a little more time to get it right than his predecessor, at least from the fans.