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Rafa Benitez focus (1)

Rafa Benitez already feeling the heat of 2009-2010 season after suffering their second defeat in the Premier League in three matches only….

Pointing at ???

Pointing at ???

Yesterday Liverpool lost 1-3 at home to Aston Villa, statistically speaking this is the second lose in three games total of 2009-2010 season and their first home defeat since December 2007 (about 32 games). So Benitez anger should be understandable, the Spanish tactician pointed the blame on his senior players for Aston Villa lost as they done series of mistakes led to the result.

Chelsea has 9 out of 9, Arsenal 6 out of 6 points, Tottenham, Manchester City, and Manchester United all already outran Liverpool, plus what the observers claiming that Liverpool squad lack the proper depth to compete for this season Premier League title.

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English Premier League manager list for 2009-10 (Part 2)

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below the latest list of English Premier League Managers for 2009-10 season Part two for the other ten Premier League teams:

Rafael Benitez: (Liverpool/ Spain / 49 years old)

Rafa still searching for his first Premier League title, this season (2008-09) is best Liverpool league position (second after Manchester United) under Rafa Benitez management. Last March Benitez signed a new contract with Liverpool keeps him until 2014.

The upcoming task for Benitez is to crack Manchester United dominance of the Premier League, with a medium budget he should plan smartly for his recruitment’s.

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English Premier League manager list for 2009-10 (Part 1)

Now its football holidays, by next July teams going to start their pre-season preparation below the latest list of English Premier League Managers for 2009-10 season Part one for ten Premier League teams:

Arsene Wenger: (Arsenal/France/ 59 years old)

The French Professor has a contract with The Gunners until 2011, this summer he turned down Florentino Perez (Real Madrid President) offer to coach the White club. Proving his loyalty and belief in his project with Arsenal despite the doubters criticism he received this year (4 years without a trophy), Arsenal Board have their full trust in Wenger leadership and management.

This season Wenger guide Arsenal to 4th place in the League (W :: 20 D :: 12 :: L :: 6), also reach the semi-finals of Champions League and FA Cup and eliminated by Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

Click here to see Arsene Wenger profile.

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Bruce to Sunderland, Pellegrini to Real Madrid ???

Check The Tactician Blog new website here officially next 20th May 2010

Bruce and Sunderland:

Sunderland look closer to secure their man Steve Bruce as the agree compensation fee with his Club Wigan (£ 3 millions) to release him from his contract with Wigan. Now only personal details between Sunderland and Bruce should be agreed on to finalize the deal. Sunderland started 2008-09 season with Roy Keane later they sack him for poor results and put Ricky Sbragia as caretaker who lead them to avoid relegation.

Bruce lead Wigan since November 2007 and led Wigan to 11th place this season 2008-09.

Pellegrini and Real Madrid:

Many Spanish media sources sure that Real Madrid and Villarreal agreed on releasing Pellegrini from his remaining contract (one year) as Real Madrid will pay € 4 millions compensation for the Yellow  Submarine team. Reports aslo said that Pellegrini will sign two years contract with Los Blancos, Jorge Valdano (should be Perez sporting Director) is a big fan of Pellegrini style and accomplishments.

Manuel Pellegrini is the longest serving coach in the Spanish La Liga since 2004 during his time with Villarreal he managed to make them one of the big teams in Spain and regular European appearance:

  • 2008/2009  they finished 5th
  • 2007/2008 they finished 2nd
  • 2006/2007 they finished 5th
  • 2005/2006 they finisihed 7th
  • 2004/2005 they finished 3rd

Also He guide them to the Champions League semi-finals to eliminated by Arsenal (1-0) on aggregate, Pellegrini create a Latin playing identity for Villarreal make them one of the entertaining teams in Europe but with solid defense.


Congratulation for this season winners

So 2008-09 season is over today and I would like to congratulate and applaud this season winners……



  • English Premier League title: Alex Ferguson (Scotland) with Manchester United
  • FA Cup title: Guus Hiddink (Holland) with Chelsea
  • Carling Cup title: Alex Ferguson (Scotland) with Manchester United
  • Community Shield title: Alex Ferguson (Scotland) with Manchester United

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English Premier League Managers list (updated)

This is the latest list of EPL Managers:

Arsène Wenger (France), going to stay his contract until 2011

Aston Villa
Martin O’Neill (North Ireland), going to stay

Blackburn Rovers
Sam Allardyce (England), going to stay after saving the Rovers from relegation

Bolton Wanderers
Gary Megson (England), going to stay

Guus Hiddink (Holland), still have the cup final then he will leave his caretaker post back to Russia

David Moyes (Scotland), going to stay

Roy Hodgson (England), going to stay

Hull City
Phil Brown (England), not sure yet but avoiding relegation was a plus

Rafa Benítez (Spain), going to stay

Man City
Mark Hughes (wales), according to Cook he will stay

Man United
Alex Ferguson (Scotland), for sure the best manager is ever-green

Gareth Southgate (England), not clear yet but he want to remain and put them back to the top flight Premier League

Newcastle United
Alan Shearer (England), demand an overhaul after relegation the situation is not clear as the owner Ashely may sell the team

Paul Hart (England), ??

Stoke City
Tony Pulis (Wales), this season performance is plus for him

Ricky Sbragia (Scotland), resigned after saving them from relegation

Tottenham Hotspurs
Harry Redknapp (England), going to stay

West Brom Albion
Tony Mowbray (England), ??

West Ham United
Gianfranco Zola (Italy), going to stay he and steve clark is a winning team

Wigan Athletic
Steve Bruce (England), going to stay


Another special accomplishment for The Special One

So Special

So Special


Jose Mourinho add another Trophy (Italian Serie A title) for his great Honors record this season with Inter Milan plus the Italian Super Cup at the season start. but he add another special accomplishment which is to be the first manager to win the Enlgish Premier League title and the Italian Serie A title (don’t forget Portugese title too).

I think Mourinho’s first year with Inter was not too impressive like his first year with Chelsea, althought it’s not all his fault for me I keep questioning his two recruiting: the Brazilian Mancini from Roma and Quaresma from FC Porto which prove to be a top candidate for top three worst transfers in the Italian league. It could be the Italian Football Culture is more  complicated and less-accpetance of foreigns with strong personality than the English football which is full with foreign owners of clubs and the fact that (38% are english players of the total players active in the English Premier League.

Mourinho has the potential to make glory with the Nerrazzurri escpecially if he guide them to European trumpih the history will put him alongside Helenio Herrera.


Hiddink’s Chelsea story writing underway

The Dutch Master

The Dutch Master

So the Dutch master blue adventure started, I’m big fan of this man especially when I look to his CV and accomplishments



Hiddink words:


Chelsea asked me to help out till the end of the season, I have my work with Russia, which I will fulfill.


I have just done it because of the strong links between the Chelsea owner and the Russian federation.


I am not just here to pass the time until the end of the season. That is not in my mind. My priority is Villa Park, first – the next game. The next battle is Villa.


We know the situation at Chelsea. They are in three competitions – the FA Cup, Champions League and the league,  Chelsea are 10 points down on Man Utd, which will be very difficult, but we will give it a try.


Realistically it is difficult. But in the history of football there have been changes in the final minutes.


Chelsea don’t just have to win, but United have to lose as well. On the other two competitions, Chelsea are of course in the race. That is why it is a challenge.


Tony Cascarino thinks that Hiddink task with Chelsea is hard:


Hiddink has a difficult task. Chelsea have been too bland in recent months, lacking creativity, and their wide options aren’t great. Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou aren’t top quality and I don’t think Ricardo Quaresma is the answer


Martin O’Neill also think Hiddink have tough job to do with Chelsea:


It is incredibly hard, I think there might be a reason for doing it on a short-term basis, not overall. I think it would be very hard to combine an international management role with one in the Premier League over the fullness of time


Eventually, when you lose a game or two, someone will accuse you of not spending enough time in one particular camp. I think it is exceptionally difficult (for Hiddink).


His first game will be against Aston Villa (3rd with 51 pts)


Chelsea now fourth with 49 pts, will face at the Villa Park their direct rivals Aston Villa so what changes we will saw Hiddink will do in his starting line-up.


I remembered Russia under Hiddink during Euro 2008, he use full-backs to make an attacking width for Russia Anyukov (right back) and Zhirkov (left back), Hiddink maybe have better two full-backs (Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa)


He love to have athletic team with attacking minded playing style plus he like to keep pressure on the opposite team.


Anelka and Drogba should start both as pair strikers; with the players in his disposal 4-4-2 is the formation Hiddink will apply, relying on full-backs to add width.

The question is who will play in the central field (Ballack – Lampard – Mikel – Deco) maybe all of them? Or (Quaresma – Kalou – Malouda) two of them will feature in Aston Villa game.


I like Norman Hubbard from thoughts about what formation could Hiddink choose:


Hiddink, unlike the majority of his peers in the Premier League, has rarely used an orthodox 4-4-2. That ultimately worked for Ray Wilkins at Watford on Saturday; however, a shortage of natural wingers and a surfeit of central midfielders make it hard for Hiddink to deploy it with his new charges. Like many Dutch managers, he is no stranger to 4-3-3, but Chelsea has stagnated in that system.


We should wait and see although my opinion Hiddink will not make drastic changes and he may try to save his tactical options for the Champions League match against Juventus especially Champions League is the real reasonable title they can challenge as Chelsea is 10 points less than Man United.



Scolari, you are the Weakest Link..Goodbye!!

Big Phil you are the Weakest Link in Chelsea FC, his own charming character didn’t work well at the Blue Empire

Oh poor Scolari, the man who in his first days as Chelsea manager was hailed as a Special One, making great season start combined with an entertaining style, but in his last days at the Stamford Bridge we heard the Blues fans chanting “you don’t know what you are doing”.

Well this is football no one can predict what will happen, great resumes never safe you in your job, ask Juande Ramos and the latest victim Scolari (Big Phil).

Scolari record with Chelsea is 25 games won 14 (56%) lost  4 and drawn in 7, good record you can say but this season we saw Chelsea really struggling against the big guns, Liverpool, Man United, and Arsenal.

Blame Scolari for:

  • Dressing room discomfort
  • Lack of alternative game plan
  • Couldn’t extract the full potential of his squad, and keep moaning about Robinho lost and lack of creativity.
  • Lost the faith of his main players (Drogba, Lampard, and Terry)
  • Seven years out of club management
  • Old fashion training methods

Don’t blame Scolari for:

  • Lack of money to add new players, especially wingers
  • Unbearable pressure to bring the Champions League trophy to Stamford Bridge
  • Jose Mourinho success and Charisma shadow
  • Injuries for Key players (Essien for example)

Blame Chelsea for:

  • Lack of long-term planning as the squad becomes aging
  • Where are the youth academy products? As they consider it a vital part in Chelsea long-term success.
  • Why get ride of wingers (Shaun Wright Philips. Duff, Robben…) without backups

My comment:

Chelsea already entered the Decline Cycle; I blame bad management and long-term planning as they brought Peter Kenyon to orchestrate transforming Chelsea FC into a Global football brand. But don’t forget to blame Roman Abramovich the owner whose interference was the direct cause of Mourinho departure and later Scolari’s tied hands.


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