It was another sad, sad day for Chelsea Football Club supporters, Roman Abramovich has sacked Antonio Conte just days before the start of the 2016/17 season, without even playing a competitive match.
The fans had high hopes for the Italian after he joined following Italy’s strong showing at Euro 2016. The disappointment from the Blues supporters is just another disastrous mark on the reign of the Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge.
Some fans have seen enough, some had seen enough a long time ago. The Blues fans have always been a passionate bunch, aren’t weren’t willing to sit around and do nothing. So, following in the footsteps of AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester, a new club has been born.
A group of Chelsea supporters have put their hands in their pockets and formed AFC Blues, they’ll be looking for permission from the Football Association to be granted league status, in an attempt to re-write their own history of the football club.
Alan Wakes, the chief executive of AFC Blues had this to say:
“We want to start fresh, give the fans a new lease of life. The club hit an all-time low after the sacking of Antonio Conte, but this has been coming for years. Roman has brought the club everything and more, but he’s tarnishing the reputation along the way. Some of us just can’t bare it anymore.”
Wakes, 52, admitted he needed no convincing when the initial ideas were put forward to him from a group of fellow season ticket holders.
“I couldn’t turn it down. I’ve always wanted to be involved in a football club, in one way or another, so this is a dream come true. Hopefully we’ll be successful, who knows. But we want to do things the right way, with the right investment. This club will have a good name and a good reputation. That’s our first target."
Following a succession of meetings with the FA, it looks likely that the Blues will be granted league status, but in what league is yet to be seen. The club is expected to play it’s football at the 250 capacity stadium, Fulham Street Corner, located around five miles away from Stamford Brigde.