Stan Collymore wrote an interesting editorial on Sunday People, claiming that Chelsea are a club where there is too much players power.
Let’s see what the ex players wanted to point out with his piece:
“Player power is the elephant in the dressing room at Chelsea and the first task for the next full-time boss must be to move on some of the senior players
Players like John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic have seen a number of managers come and go during their time at Stamford Bridge.
Their performance levels appear to be great for a year or two, then they dip and the manager gets the sack.
Another guy comes in and he gets a couple of seasons of great performances out of them, but it never lasts.
That suggests there’s an inherent problem, an imbalance in the dressing room.
It makes me think that the players run the club and as soon as they down tools the manager pays the price.
And this has certainly been a bad time for the Blues.
Diego Costa is another who needs to be shown the exit door.
He was touted as the next Luis Suarez when he arrived at the start of last season, but he’s nowhere near as consistent as the Uruguay star. He doesn’t work as hard, and he has let Mourinho down this term.
As I wrote a few weeks ago, he looks like a man playing to secure his exit.
And then there’s Cesc Fabregas, who arrived at the same time as Costa and was excellent for the first few months when Chelsea were firing on all cylinders.
He is a great player in great teams that can carry him, but when he is asked to roll up his sleeves – whether at Arsenal, Barcelona or now at Chelsea – he seems to go missing.
After Mourinho was axed on Thursday, Fabregas wrote on social media that he was sorry to see him go, but I haven’t seen anything on the pitch in recent weeks to suggest that was really the case. So for me, it’s those four who really need to go if Chelsea are to sort out the sorry mess they are in.
It will also be interesting to see what the future holds for Eden Hazard because for me he effectively threw in the towel at Leicester on Monday when he took the decision to go off injured.
Years ago he would have been put in the reserves for that, but these days he can mope around until the end of the season when a Real Madrid or Bayern Munich will come in and, lo and behold, he will soon rediscover his best form.
If Chelsea want to enjoy success over a sustained period of time, if they want to win Premier League titles and Champions Leagues and actually defend their trophies, then they cannot afford to field players who pick and choose when they give their all.
Sir Alex Ferguson was always a master of getting rid of players at the right time to ensure consistency at Manchester United – Roy Keane, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jaap Stam were all big names who were ushered out when he felt the time was right.
And it wasn’t just a case of waving them off because they weren’t doing it on the pitch – it was more because he realised they were becoming too powerful and perhaps too divisive in the dressing room.
Whoever takes over at Chelsea next summer has to be clear in his first team-talk and tell the players still at his disposal: “You are here to serve me, not the other way round. And if you can’t do that, if you can’t take instructions, tell me now and we will get you a nice, cushy move to another club.”
If I was Roman Abramovich, Diego Simeone would be the man I’d be turning to next summer and I’d be giving him the remit to get rid of those powerful characters and the poison that spreads from the dressing room.
Although if I was Simeone, Pep Guardiola or even a player like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, then I would not be going anywhere near Chelsea at the moment.
That’s because the tail wags the dog at the club and, until there is an understanding that the manager is the top man and the players have to do what he wants, then they will continue to fail when it comes to defending the honours they do win.