Big Phil's Chelsea: A Tougher Task Than Mourinho's

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Big Phil's Chelsea: A Tougher Task Than Mourinho's
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Upon hearing of the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari from the Chelsea managerial job, I was surprised for a time and then it sank in that it was just a continuation of the mentality that has stopped Chelsea from becoming a major European powerhouse.

They are now onto their fourth manager in two years, which is clearly not the foundation on which to build a side capable of challenging the domination of Manchester United and the seemingly indomitable Sir Alex Ferguson.

Scolari inherited a side that had been in relatively good shape considering the upheaval that had been the sacking of the clubs most successful ever manager, Jose Mourinho.

Although Avram Grant took over for a time the team was still really Mourinho's and continued to play his style of football.

Grant was unfortunate enough to apparently "blow" a couple of trophies which by anyone's estimation was a bit of an exaggeration considering that his main opposition was a resurgent Manchester United guided by one of the most successful managers of all time whose team was, at the end of the last campaign, literally firing on all cylinders.

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