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Chelsea sack Scolari!

by | 9th, February 2009

MOVE over Tony Adams, you are this morning’s news. The Premier League’s day of the long knives/short-sighted owners continues with the shock news that Chelsea have sacked manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Scolari lasted just seven months in the job and although his reign started brilliantly, recent poor performances were obviously enough to convince Roman Abramovich that the Brazilian was not the right man for the job. The writing was on the wall, in big fat letters – a section of Chelsea fans chanted “You don’t know what you’re doing!” at Scolari during the club’s 0-0 home draw with Hull City on Saturday. When that happens, you know you’re in trouble.

The record books will show that Scolari’s record as Chelsea boss was actually not that bad: 36 games played, 20 wins, 11 draws and only five defeats. But most of those wins came at the start of his time at the Bridge. Injuries to key men, especially Michael Essien and Didier Drogba, didn’t help. Neither did poor results against the other big-four clubs this season.

Oh well, at least Big Phil can fall back on work as a professional Gene Hackman lookalike.

Who will Chelsea replace Scolari with? Gianfranco Zola is an obvious candidate, but West Ham will fight like hungry dogs to hang on to him. Frank Rijkaard, the former Barcelona manager, will also be considered, as will another Dutchman, Guus Hiddink.

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