A Contribution Post via Nasri Eric Majdalani.
There have already been a few articles published this weekend trying to figure out the direction in which the club should go as of the 2019/2020 season. It is quite obvious the whole fanbase is utterly frustrated and confused with a few of the players and Maurizio Sarri this season, and with a transfer ban very likely until the 2020 window (amongst other things), just what on earth does the club do going forward?
Let’s discuss the managerial situation first. Sarri seems to want to stay and fight for titles next season, but rumours are suggesting there is strong interest from Italy, and that the blues hierarchy are looking to give Frank Lampard and Jody Morris a chance already.
I believe that if they really do take this decision, they will have to commit to it for a minimum of 5 years because the manager is still inexperienced, but with so much potential, along with an assistant who is his best friend and has had so much success with our academy already. The Lampard-Morris project may take more time and failures that we might like, and with the impatient fanbase we already have – is it a good idea?
Roman Abramovich. He has not really been able to attend games in person all season because of a situation not really in his control, but this has begged the question about his future as sole owner of the club.
He has been around for over a decade and has seen a good return on investment, but is his heart still in it? Can he really depend on his right and left-hand side men and women to lead the club? Is it time for a major change in ownership going into the next decade? There have been a few interested parties, but we would ultimately want to sell to someone who will think about the fans first before the cash!
The players. It is likely the end of the Eden Hazard era, who has expressed a desire to move to Real Madrid after 7 years. We are slowly building a new spine of young players who are capable of leading the team to much glory in the future (Callum Hudson Odoi, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger).
The transfer ban may also mean we will need to give a chance to fringe players to suddenly play a key role in our squad next season, and they have the talent to make an impression (Reece James, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi).
Pedro, Willian, Giroud, Cesar Azpilicueta are all getting old and inconsistent, Gary Cahill is leaving, David Luiz has signed his last contract; just what will happen to all these men?
I may have my opinion, but I cannot tell if my ideas will solve anything. There is sadly so much uncertainty over many things and it is probably affecting the players, but as many rumours and discussions amongst supporters will suggest, we can hopefully begin by lifting a trophy at the end of the month and go from there!