Cech blames managerial stability reason behind Chelsea’s fall
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits he would like to see Jose Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. The Russian shot-stopper believes Chelsea’s biggest need is managerial stability, which can only be achieved by hiring a good long term manager.
Petr Cech, who has been at Chelsea since 2004, has played under nine of the 10 managers Roman Abramovich has brought to the helm. The 30-year-old Russia international confesses he isn’t surprised to see chaos at Chelsea.
Chelsea grabbed a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, a victory that finally lightened some burden off the back of under-pressure interim manager Rafael Benitez. In spite of Rafael Benitez’s success, Chelsea fans asked for Jose Mourinho’s return in their chants.
“We had a fantastic success with him so why not, he is a fantastic manager,” Petr Cech said on Jose Mourinho’s return. “But I hope whoever comes to take the job will have better luck and he will stay. I have been saying that for six years. I hope the new manager will find the momentum and he will stay.”
Petr Cech also suggested that Chelsea’s hunger and success in acquiring silverware hadn’t been affected by managerial instability. The goalkeeper compared Chelsea with Arsenal, who haven’t been able to win a single trophy in the past seven years.
“It is a very hard question because you can argue with a lot of things but, in the same period of time we won more or less the same number of trophies as Man United,” Petr Cech said. “They had one manager, we had eight and we won the same trophies. We had the Champions League, there are so many positives. Arsenal had the same manager and it is a long time since they won something.
“You can't always say that it is the fault of the manager or the players. They are working and they keep waiting for success. Maybe if you asked them if they would rather have 10 managers and six trophies, I don't know what they would say, but it is always relative.
“We do it our way, the other clubs do it their way, and it seems to work so far so long may it continue.”
Chelsea are scheduled to play against Steaua in the Europea League on March 7. The Blues will then depart for Old Trafford for their FA Cup tie with Premier League leaders Manchester United.