An Open Letter to Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich
You may have expected a few letters like this, but I'd like to express my disappointment at the way my club has been handled in the past year or so, and more importantly, my dismay at the treatment of Frank Lampard.
Now, don't get me wrong. As a fan, nothing I can do can repay you for the money, commitment and faith you've put into the club for the last decade. All Chelsea fans recognise that without you, we may not be where we are today.
But I feel you should consider whether your time at Chelsea Football Club is coming to an end or not, because like many of the fellow supporters at this wonderful club, I am concerned about the future of Chelsea under your tenure.
As a Blues fan of 17 years, I've seen pretty much everything at Stamford Bridge. The club's first Premier League title since 1955 under Jose Mourinho (whom you brutally sacked, by the way) was a momentous occasion, and let's not forget the Champions League triumph in May. Again, you sacked the manager who led us to it.
I've also seen 10 managers pass through the doors at Stamford Bridge in the nine-and-a-half years that you've been in charge of the club. Bear in mind that Mourinho was in charge for three of those years, so that's quite a few sackings there, Roman. But enough of that...
I can deal with the managers being sacked. I can also deal with figures such as Rafael Benitez, one of the most disliked people in our recent history, being appointed as the man to take the club forward when you deemed Roberto Di Matteo unfit for the job even though he won two trophies in just six months with the club.
What I can't comprehend is the idea of not handing the man who has been at the club since 2001, scored 194 goals and continuously given 100 percent for the team a new contract. Frank Lampard is a club legend, and no matter what you decide to do with him at the end of the season, the fact is he will remain that until the club ceases to exist.
So if your refusal to hand Lampard a new deal, despite fan protests, his record of five goals in his last seven games and hero status, is about moving on toward the future, then at least attempt to sign a better player than Taison. The fans, like me, will not be happy if one of the club's best players of all time is let go and then replaced with a seemingly average player.
Lampard has been a loyal servant to the club in his 12 years of service. The very fact that almost any other club in the world would happily welcome him should be enough indication that he should be kept at all costs.
In addition to Lampard, I simply cannot understand why Ashley Cole, who is just 31 years old, hasn't been offered more than a one-year deal.
Cole is without a doubt the world's best left-back. Ryan Bertrand is coming along well, but he needs at least one or two more years before he can get near to Cole's level of ability. He's a winner, and that's the type of player we need at the club.
With the situation already not ideal, would you and the board really consider making it worse by releasing Lampard and Cole?
For what it's worth, I suggest you listen to the fans. Communicate to us. We want to know what your plans are for our club. Perhaps then we might get on board.
Anyway, I sincerely hope you consider my proposals. I believe that if you keep Lampard and Cole, you could go some way to restoring order at Stamford Bridge.
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