The meddling boss is breaking the bridge

2010-12-15 00:00

SO much for the form book.

It pains me to start my weekly rant on a grim note, but I fear my beloved Kaizer Chiefs are turning into derby specialists.

I mean, every time you put on that team that wears a skull and crossbones on their breast, the Glamour Boys turn on the style and produce a flood of goals.

But let them face a minnow, such as Vasco da Gama, and they suddenly become bumbling bozos who cannot string three passes together — never mind buy a goal.

It is a big worry, and Sundowns seem to thrive on bullying the little ’uns.

But enough of that: there are some serious matters happening across the pond.

And what do you know, it is all to do with clubs who have owners with too much money and time on their hands.

Jay-Z, the bulbous-lipped Rap superstar, has a “sick” (that’s hip talk for “rather smashing” for those not in the know) song about 99 problems, but it seems the owners of Manchester City and Chelsea have dilemmas approaching a thousand a day judging by the reports coming out of Stamford Bridge and the Manchester Sheik Stadium.

Let’s perhaps start with Roman Abramovich, who perfected the art of making huge profits from oil, but is now showing steady development in the art of wrecking a successful football club.

Sometimes, when they have the power to do so, they meddle in things that they really ought to leave to specialists.

An owner who is constantly looking over the shoulder of his manager is just asking for trouble — it is certainly not a sign of authority.

If anything, it is a sign of weakness, insecurity and aloofness.

Yes, no one knows how to turn a rouble into a mountain of oil money like Abramovich, but I am pretty sure that Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho and even Avram Grant know a bit more about football than he does.

Since he decided to fire Ray Wilkins and insert a crony of his into a position of power, the Chelsea machine has gone into meltdown.

They can’t buy a win, and they are so desperate for momentum that stars like Frank Lampard and John Terry are calling the missed opportunity at Spurs a “great result”. Under Mourinho, that would have been abysmal.

Things are grim at the Bridge, and most of that stems from an owner meddling in matters where he shouldn’t.

As for City, it seems they are also learning that money certainly cannot buy happiness — or even loyalty. It certainly can’t seem to win over Carlos Tevez, anyway.

I have always been sceptical of the City model, a foundation built on a great youth system, but now overrun by big egos on huge salaries.

Half of them want out already, with Tevez heading the queue.

The likes of Joleon Lescott, Emmanuel Adebayor, Shaun-Wright Phillips and even the recently signed Mario Balotelli are angling for moves away.

Why?, you ask.

Well, in my armchair opinion, no dressing-room in the world is big enough for all that self-hype. Most of City’s players are pariahs, traitors who left the clubs that made them for a few extra zeros.

It was never going to last.

It should be no surprise really that the teams who are in good form in the league are those not burdened with owners with egos or players who think they are the best thing since please-call-me’s.

But it all makes for the most fascinating viewing, and there seems to be no slowing down ahead of the Christmas rush of games.

Manchester United seem to have hit a decent run without really doing too much, and the rest all seem to have the self-destruct button on stand-by.

It will be interesting to see what occurs in this weekend’s tussle between Chelsea and United at the Bridge.

United are on a roll, while Chelsea just cannot afford to lose.

It is coming to the stage where people are talking about Ancelotti’s job being in jeopardy.

Ha! And that is the same guy who won the double last year.

Some bosses just don’t seem to know what they have got until it’s gone.

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