Scolari Ready To Wield The Axe At Chelsea?

Having previously turned down the England job citing press intrusion, our new manager certainly seems to be getting familiar with the press right now. Far from shying away from the media boys, Scolari seems to be having cosy chats about everything from other people’s players to the ‘revolution’ he plans at Chelsea.

I’ve said as much as I’m going to on the whole Ronaldo circus and it’d be nice to think Scolari has as well, but I won’t hold my breath on that one. Onto Chelsea though and he seems to be making it very clear who the boss of these particular players is, suggesting no player in the squad is safe once he takes charge.

Of course we all expect the threatened ‘overhaul’, and Scolari promises “it will be a revolution especially in terms of mentality”. He also ‘confesses’ “For the first few games I will have difficulty in identifying all the players and getting their fusion right,” so it’s good to see his ability to cover his arse is no different to those gone before him. More worrying for some though is his insistence that he’s not that bothered what effect his size nines have on those around him.

Obviously there’ll be a fair few departures and that’s pretty much as expected but maybe there’ll be the odd shock in store even where those are concerned? Whereas there’s a few of us who think Drogba’s antics detract sufficiently from the overall benefits of having him around and regard seeing the back of him as a positive move, but what about Lampard? I’ve never hid the fact that I see the dragging out of his contract as a sign of a player more willing to talk the talk than walk the walk, but general consensus seems to be that he’s a player we should do everything to hold onto. Scolari’s attitude though doesn’t come from the same place as your average sentimental supporter, so Lampard’s failure to sign pre-Scolari could cost him a sizeable contract now.

And what about Ballack? He turned his game around for us last season and even after a strong Euro 2008 doesn’t seem to be taking the opportunity to whore himself to the highest bidder – making his desire to stay at Chelsea pretty clear. But having complained “you can’t trust anybody on the field” after seeing the German midfielder give Ferreira a bit of a nudge for Germany’s third goal against Portugal, is that a grudge he’ll regard worth holding?

One player who definitely won’t be wanting to hear Scolari taking such a hard line in the press though surely has to be JT. Scolari insists “I pick the players I think are the best. I only give explanations about players I pick, never about others. Whoever is not selected is not selected. Let them be unhappy with it. They know that’s the way it is in football.” Anyone fancy his chances against Terry if he wields his axe in that direction?

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One Response

  1. The axe is in possession of the Special One, who has had a £15m pay off to sit tight for a year and decide exactly who he wants. Scolari will pick up the pieces after that and get the ageing galactico mercenaries that Mourinho, Real and Barca don t want.

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