CHELSEA correspondent Dan Levene makes a guest appearance this week to round up all things blue for the season ...
The 12 months between Moscow 2008 and now have been the most bizarre and unpredictable I can recall in 25 years.
Battling against QPR for the title of job-creation kings, the Blues unceremoniously dumped the only manager ever to take them to a Champions League final, and then got rid of a World Cup winner.
In February, Chelsea fell in love with a man who seemed equally special. It was only a pity Guus Hiddink was already in a relationship with Russia.
Thus we ended up with the chain-smoking former boss of an under-performing Series A side: a man who has had two consecutive below-par league seasons, and whose recent Champions League history included the chucking-away of a 3-0 lead to Liverpool.
That must make him the perfect man for Chelsea.
On the pitch it was a good season to be English.
Ashley Cole deservedly won player's player of the year, and Frank Lampard netted a fifth consecutive 20-goal season.
But it was a bad season to be Portuguese: the six Chelsea players from there barely merited a mention in the second half, and Ricardo Quaresma (remember him) must be wondering how he ended up in west London.
What certainties are there for 2009-10? All that can be safely predicted is Carlo Ancelotti will be introduced to the likes of Wolverhampton and Burnley - assuming he can make it past the threat of the likes of Rubin Kazan in the group stages of the Champions League and Burton Albion in the fourth round of the Carling Cup.
If you're after easy cash, you'd be better off trying to get your MP to relinquish his second home allowance than betting on what might happen next at Stamford Bridge.