Since the recent results for Chelsea haven't been good, there are a lot of comments in WAGNH forums that are calling for AVB sacking. But I have some objections to this line of thinking and want to find out why you guys think so.
The most important point to be considered is who is going to replace AVB. The managers who have had success with Chelsea recently are Mourinho, Hiddink and Ancelotti. None of these 3 are available now. I have seen suggestions for bringing in Benitez or Van Gaal but I think we can all agree that there is no proof to suggest that either of these 2 is suited for Chelsea. I would have even considered options closer to EPL such as Swansea or Norwich managers but none of you seem to be looking at these two.
The next important thing to look at is a long term approach. Getting the best out of the golden era players is important but at the same time we should remember that all these players are now in the wrong side of 30. Personally I have wondered why people think Lampard and Drogba can't go on like Giggs and Scholes. But after watching them play this season, you can see that their performances are dropping. We can add Ashely Cole also to this list. Also I can notice that the younger guys such as Mata, Luiz, Ramires and even Sturridge, to a certain extent, don't seem to have any problems with AVB. So if the older guys whose quality has decreased have a problem with AVB then I would rather take AVB's side. That doesn't mean I am not grateful to these players, but they should also realize that the club needs to find replacements for them and their playing time will decrease. AVB has brought in players like Mata and Romeu and I have faith that he will bring in more such players.
There are some mistakes, I agree such as the continued use of Meireles and Bosingwa. But I want to discuss some points reagarding this. Bosingwa started this season well with a goal and assists and he also has more pace than Ivanovic. Also in recent weeks JT hasn't been available and AVB might have actually chosen between Cahill at CB and Bosingwa at RB rather than choosing between Bosingwa and Ivanovic for RB. Now that AVB seems to trust Cahill I think we will see lesser of Bosingwa. Between Meireles and Lampard, recent performances have severely dented Meireles' case. But at the same time we have to remember that Lampard's main contributions this season have been scoring goals and if we play him in a double pivot, he will have to restrain himself from running forward or he will have to sprint back to defend if we lose posession. At this age I think Lampard can't rush back and he will have to be used intelligently. But now that we have seen that Meireles sucks in tackling and defending I believe AVB will rather use Essien or Mikel there instead of Meireles.
I am not a AVB apologist actually and Chelsea's interests come before AVB's interests to me. But I believe it is in Chelsea's best interests now to stick to AVB. What do you all think?