May 29, 2010
Each year as the season comes to an abrupt end, the transfer rumor mill goes into fifth gear. It's a rather annoying period. A time where nearly every player is linked to several hundred teams. A time where fans argue with each other, disputing the legitimacy of each article released by websites starving for attention.
This year Milan finished third in the Serie A, guaranteeing them a spot in the Champions League. Most fans (myself included) are quick to bash Berlusconi, urging the owner to sell the very team he helped guide to elite status. After all, we support a team that proudly labels itself as "La squadra piu titolata", the team with the most trophies. Yet after a few years of no silverware, fans bring anti-Berlusconi/Galliani ads to the San Siro, and whistle management mercilessly. These loyal supporters craving for trophies are comparable to a drug addicts craving for cocaine.
May 4, 2010
If there's one thing an elite club needs, it's stability in the head coaching position. I've never understood sacking a coach midway through the season. Unless the squad is seriously underperforming or there is legitimate turmoil between the coach/player, doesn't switching tactics halfway through just disorganize the team and set them back to step 1?
A team like Chelsea has had four different coaches in the past four years on the search for the metaphorical Holy Grail known as the Champions League trophy. Owners that are salivating at the mouth for silverware utter the phrase "you're fired" more than Donald Trump in The Apprentice.