The world is watching. A huge weekend for…
Roberto Di Matteo
A difficult predicament for Roberto Di Matteo. Although he was never expected to get the job on a full time basis, if he wins the Champions League, he will do more than Mourinho, Ancelotti, Grant, Hiddink, Villas-Boas and Scolari did for Roman Abramovich.
The problem for the Italian is that should Chelsea lose, the danger is that he will slip into the background again. Di Matteo is 66/1 for the Liverpool job, and his next permanent job will probably be at the level of lower Premier League or the upper end of the Championship.
For a career at the top table of European football, Saturday’s final might be must win for Bobby.
When your Chairman declared that relegation from the Premier League would be ‘armageddon’ for the club, and you still sign a player for £3.5million from a Premier League club, you know that your club has gambled on promotion.
Gold and Sullivan, it appears, have temporarily postponed Armageddon by simply plugging an ever-growing hole with cash. And the cash will run out.
How many more seasons can West Ham afford in the Football League.
It could be a boom or bust match for Allardyce too. Hi remit was to take West Ham back to the Premier League at the earliest possible opportunity.
Big Sam has lost the fans at various points during the season, signed 18 players and assembled the most expensive ever squad outside the top flight.
If West Ham fail to win at Wembley on May 19 Allardyce will surely be sacked. He will have transformed himself from the manager of a top ten Premier League club to a spurned Championship manager in 18 months.
Hibs have not met Hearts in the Scottish Cup final since 1896, so a massive moment for Scotland’s capital city, and the biggest derby in history.
Hibs are the underdogs after a dreadful season in the SPL, but they were forced to have Colin Calderwood as their manager for a period of time, so they deserve our sympathies. Hearts, meanwhile, have a ridiculous Lithuanian owner, so that also deserves empathy.
So for one weekend only, Edinburgh travels to Glasgow. I hope the Scottish Police are on standby.
Chelsea might be the underdogs, but never have underdogs needed it so bad.
Since Roman Abramovich took over in West London, Chelsea have never missed out on playing the Champions League. Lose in Munich on Sunday, and the club will be relegated to the Europa League. The club have a team amongst the oldest in the Premier League, and will have to attract glamour signings without the lure of Europe’s premier cup competition.
Saturday, therefore, maybe the last chance to shine on the biggest stage for Lampard, Terry, Drogba and Cole. That’s a terrifying thought for Chelsea fans.
It has been a long road to redemption for Luton. After relegation and financial disarray, they have missed out in the Blue Square Premier playoffs for consecutive seasons.
This season Luton gained less league points than in either of the two seasons before, and yet beat a Wrexham side that surely deserved promotion in the semi-finals, but the Hatters travel to Wembley with a chance to get into the Football League for the first time their economic Armageddon.
After reconstructing the club thoroughly, they deserve a chance to have a crack again.
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