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  2. dont see it personally. think we are stuck with it
  3. he will have money to spend there, he will be ok
  4. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    Harry Redknapp has just said on talksport it would be a major surprise if Lampard doesn't get the job.
  5. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    Harry Redknapp all but confirming Frank on Talksport It’s happening...
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    Honestly the state of football journalism in this country , you and I could do a better job.
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    England defender Gary Cahill, 33, is wanted by former boss Antonio Conte at Inter Milan after leaving Chelsea. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)
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    Of course, and nobody would claim any different,.
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    Great article . I think Callum Hudson-Odoi would prefer working with Mr T from the A team. There's as much truth and investigative journalism in my statement as in the utter guesswork of the Mail's bs.
  11. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    Sorry, but this is absolute nonsense . Just my opinion though.......
  12. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    I think they're the best possible circumstances for him , there are no positives to taking on the club for any manager at the moment , other than the champions league which given the dreadful squad we have every chance of bombing straight out of at the first opportunity . We have an ageing side who are degrading in performance levels year on year ( three goals from Willian ? Whoop -de-do !) , We have lost our best player , we have our three best youth prospects out on long term injury , we have a transfer ban and we have a heap of loanees returning to the club to be sorted out . I'm not saying Lampard has anywhere near the credentials to take over the helm , what I'm saying is that IF you're going to take that chance , this is the ideal time to take it , not for Frank but for us , surely at this juncture someone as astute as Roman will understand what any new man is up against . If Frank comes in and gets the best out of Azpi , Kante , Alonso , Willian , Drinkwater , Bakayoko , then he'll already be half way there , he may even be the man to finally get some of the youth in the side and start paying that side of the business off , we have an absolute ton of players nearing retirement , incorporate the youth and maybe reinvigorate the loanees and give some of them like Tammy a proper opportunity thus saving the club even more money in the future , then , like most intelligently run businesses we can add to the playing squad piecemeal when an absolute top notch player becomes available , splash out on a galactico on the way up instead of on the way down as we haven't needed to splash the cash elsewhere. As you yourself have stated , there is a disconnect between the club and the support at this moment in time , I cannot recall , other than Benitez and possibly Grant getting as much stick as Sarri got from the match going support and there were tangible reasons for all of them to get it . Maybe SFL is the sticking plaster we need to mend the relationship? If he comes , and I hope he does , I do know he will give 110% all day every day to get this club back to where we want to be , regardless of the smoothness of the ride and , that'll do me .
  13. Seriously, it's been going for years - well, since RA arrived anyway. Not to say that it won't, but it hasn't comeback to bite us yet. So, what's the answer then? And how are we 'very vulnerable' compared to previous seasons? Yes, Hazard has gone, but what else? What if we get a run deep into the CL? And what if we get the transfer ban delayed and get to buy some players this window? Trick question probably, but 'top 4' certainly isn't out of the question, imo. The new manager/head coach will have a significant bearing on where we finish. As will if we get that transfer ban delayed.
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    This. I’m all for Lampard being our manager but fear these are the worst possible circumstances for him to do so. Some people seem to think that he’ll be given a free pass because of who he is, I don’t buy that for a second. If he fails badly he’ll be on his way. If he fails, he’ll be under massive pressure to do a lot better very quickly. Does he have the experience to be able to turn it around after a bad season? On the other hand, with a good start the feel-good factor can mean a lot and perhaps give us some much needed positive feeling around the club. But it’s a risky move alright. It’s worrying where we are headed. We are doing worse and worse and have been for quite some time. Last season was a bit of a break from that trend but seemingly at a great cost. Now we start again and I’m not sure the fundamentals are in place for this to end well next season.
  15. That our incessant chopping and changing manager and utter lack of continuity will come back and bite us. Right now we are very vulnerable and had just managed to get back to the CL after a very good season all things considered. Now we start from scratch again with a ban and a squad with holes literally everywhere. So what do you think Michael, where do we end up in the league next season? Top 4? Top 6? Top 10? Lower?
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    Maybe the club knows all of this, has considered it and have come to the conclusion that there are still a few positives worth pursuing....? Surely a guy who gave 10 years to the club, seems to be a great communicator, learned from the best in the business and knows how Chelsea operates PLUS has a supposedly good relationship with the owner has a few things going for him. OGS is frequently brought up, but OGS never seemed to command much respect as a player or a coach, had already been proven a failure in the PL BEFORE signing on at United, and he’s got a really rotten group to work with there. Lampard at the very least oozes confidence and class and definitely looks like he commands a whole lot of respect. IMO. The squad he will inherit isn’t great but I’m sure everyone knows that already - including the people in charge. I’m just saying there are certain key differences between SFL and OGS.
  17. Serie A could be different this season. Conte will immediately improve Inter Milan more than Sarri will Juventus. There's also manager shake ups at other top half sides. Juve also have an aging squad (seven players over the age of 30) and are in no way, shape, or form accustom to the way Sarri has his teams play. Sarri will also have to manage some big personalities in Bonucci, Chiellini and Ronaldo etc - players who've won it all. Not just that, but he's going to have to dramatically conduct himself significantly better than he does in the media. With there possibly being a call for him to look smarter and more professional on the sideline. Juve have put a lot of work and emphasis on their brand. I'd not be shocked if Juventus struggle (realitive to prior years) this coming season.
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    LAMPARD KEY FOR HUDSON-ODOI? Callum Hudson-Odoi will commit his long-term future to Chelsea if Frank Lampard replaces Maurizio Sarri as manager at Stamford Bridge. The Daily Mail claim Hudson-Odoi, who has been linked with Bayern Munich ever since his first-team breakthrough, would welcome the opportunity to reunite with former youth coach Jody Morris, who is currently part of Lampard’s backroom staff at Derby. With Sarri’s switch to Juventus confirmed, Chelsea legend Lampard is linked with the managers’ position at the club where he won three Premier League titles.
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    Yeah, I think that it's too early. Maybe after another season, or two, but right now I think that Frank would be on a hiding to nothing at SB. That doesn't mean that it wan't happen, but it would certainly be risky.
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  21. If anything it hasn't cost us anything. Juve paid us for Sarri.
  22. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    This. I hate the FSW as much as anyone but at least he has a track record. SFL was a fantastic player for us but has very little management experience and his one season last year was just above average to what was expected. This supposed appointment smacks of a lack of joined up thinking, which is why it is probably going to happen. This is exactly like Utd appointing OSG but worse as we do not have anyone that can score.
  23. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri exit - five questions Blues must answer By Simon Stone The entrance to the Chelsea manager's office might as well be a revolving door. Following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus, the club are looking for their 12th different manager under the ownership of Roman Abramovich. Three of the previous 11 were temporary, including Guus Hiddink, who was at Chelsea for just 27 games but still had time to make an impact. Since 2004, Chelsea have endured only one season that could be termed a complete write-off, when they failed to win, or finish second, in a major domestic competition or reach the last four in Europe. Only five times in that period have they finished a campaign empty-handed. Against that backdrop, it is reasonable to ask what do Chelsea want - and, more importantly, is there anyone who can actually give it to them? Who could Chelsea turn to? For all the difficulties Chelsea managers tend to encounter, there will be no shortage of candidates linked to the vacancy. The most obvious is record goalscorer Frank Lampard, who is in charge of Derby County. Lampard ended his first season as a manager with defeat by Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final. The 40-year-old says he expects to stay at Derby but has also said he will speak to owner Mel Morris about his plans. Lampard is steeped in Chelsea history, won 11 major trophies during his 13 years at the club, and is adored by supporters, even though he eventually moved to join Manchester City before ending his career in Major League Soccer with New York City.At Derby, Lampard also linked up with former team-mate Jody Morris, who developed an impressive reputation during five years working with Chelsea's youth teams. That might improve the pair's chances of taking over at Stamford Bridge, given the transfer embargo the club are facing. Given Chelsea loanees Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham were all involved at Wembley and others, such as Reece James, have also impressed in season-long moves, Morris' inside knowledge would be a major asset in deciding which of these youngsters have the capability to step into the first-team picture. Lampard would be a huge departure for Chelsea, though. They have not appointed an English manager since Glenn Hoddle in 1993 when John Major, a lifelong fan, was prime minister. Nice boss Patrick Vieira has more experience. Prior to his return to France he was in charge at New York City after a spell working as Pep Guardiola's reserve-team manager at Manchester City, but his London links are to Arsenal. Massimiliano Allegri is available after leaving Juventus but said on Thursday he intends to take a year out. Former France and Paris St-Germain coach Laurent Blanc may also be spoken about - but he has been out of the game for three years. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is also of interest. Nuno has taken Wolves from the Championship to seventh in the Premier League - and European qualification - in the space of two seasons. He is known to be hugely ambitious and for all the promise Wolves have shown during his time at Molineux, Chelsea represents a significant step up. How will the transfer embargo impact the recruitment of a new manager? Even if Chelsea are prevented from signing players until the summer of 2020, there would still be one significant new arrival for a new manager to work with - Christian Pulisic, at £58m the club's third most-expensive signing. Given "big-six" rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United did not sign anyone for a similar sum during 2018-19, having to "make do" with that one transfer is not a hardship for Chelsea, especially as there are so many younger players to come through. The issue - if there is one - is having to work with someone else's squad. Sarri might think N'Golo Kante playing wide and Jorginho in central midfield is an excellent combination, but plenty disagree. If Kante is moved to a more defensive role, Jorginho is of little value. Add the departure of star man Eden Hazard to that and suddenly a Chelsea side that scraped into the top four is significantly weakened. This being Chelsea, while a manager might be appointed with the idea of retaining faith beyond the point at which players can be bought again, there is no guarantee he would survive a disappointing campaign. What does a Chelsea manager need to do to keep his job? The easy answer is to keep Abramovich happy. The detail is more complex. Sarri's exit is the first of the Abramovich era when it could be argued a permanent manager has gone on his own terms. His departure was convenient for Chelsea, though. Unlike Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte - both fans' favourites - Sarri was disliked by Blues supporters, who did not appreciate either his tactics or team selections. Chants of "you don't know what you're doing" were frequent. Their incredulity at the time it took Sarri to find homegrown youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi a place in his team was deep-rooted. Nevertheless, Sarri secured a top-three Premier League finish - something Chelsea have bettered only twice in eight seasons - won the Europa Leagueand reached a second cup final, feats they have not managed in the same season since their Champions League-winning campaign of 2011-12. So, without Juventus' intervention, Abramovich would have needed to decide whether to keep a - relatively - successful manager disliked by supporters, as opposed to getting rid of one who was not doing so well but retained support in the stands. Abramovich has seemed to scale down his lofty ambitions in recent years. While Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked when it appeared the club might not finish in the top four in 2009, and Carlo Ancelotti was axed for not winning anything in 2011, Mourinho survived a trophyless season three years later and Conte made it to the end of the 2017-18 campaign even though Chelsea were fifth from 25 February to the end of the season. So the chances are Sarri would have survived had he not upset the fans. As he did, Chelsea were happy to listen when Juventus came calling. Will they look for a director of football? One of the sub-plots to Chelsea's Europa League final against Arsenal was a story that appeared a few days before claiming former Blues keeper Petr Cech would be returning to the club as technical director. Tellingly, while Cech did not wish to elaborate on the story, he did not deny it. But it is hard to see how the 37-year-old, who retired as a player after Arsenal's 4-1 defeat in Baku, can have amassed the necessary experience to fulfil a conventional technical director role. Since Michael Emenalo's exit in November 2017, director Marina Granovskaia has been in charge of negotiating transfers and new contracts, a situation that troubled Conte. What the appointment of a Cech-type figure might do is create a bridge for the manager to the club's hierarchy, thus potentially reducing the scope for conflict. Has manager turnover affected the dressing room? Remarkably, Chelsea have carried on winning no matter which name appears on the manager's door. While irritation between the man responsible for putting a team on the pitch and the people who control the finances has flared frequently, Chelsea's chain of command has ensured the club avoided stockpiling players who fit different managerial philosophies and become surplus to requirements when a change is made. However, it does feel a shift in outlook is coming. Abramovich has scaled back his funding from his early years. A much-publicised - and hugely expensive - ground redevelopment is on hold.Planning permission will have to be revisited if enabling work does not commence by the end of January 2020 and, until there is clarity over that, rumours about Abramovich selling up will not go away. Sarri's reign ended with Chelsea claiming the 16th major honour of the Abramovich era - but they had won only eight in their entire history before the Russian bought the club in 2003. With a transfer ban looming, are the club prepared to look longer term with their next manager? It would potentially mean taking a step backwards, in order to secure the stability they have so often lacked. Or are they going to carry on as they have before, believing it will carry on delivering success on the pitch? The identity of Sarri's successor will tell which way Abramovich has decided to go.
  24. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    Think I’d rather Benitez than Lampard. Yeah, I said it.. but really, Lampard is a no no. What’s he done managerial wise to warrant such a position? It’s utterly nonsensical. Looks like we can’t get Simeone, so I’m still unsure who fits.
  25. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    It isn't exactly inviting when the last two managers won trophies and still left. Although one was pushed and the other couldn't wait to leave.
  26. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    If you think it's that easy because he knows the club we should just give it to Carlo Cudicini or one of the youth teams coaches. All we really know about Frank is last season where Derby finished 20 points off top with a goal difference of +15, to suggest he is the best up and coming manager in world football, based on that, is pure sentiment at the moment. Hopefully he becomes that. I only really follow the prem and Champs League so I don't personally know but I have no doubt there are capable managers out there. A brief search just now tells me Lilles manager took them from 17th last season to 2nd this. Frankfurt had a decent season by their standards, maybe he's worth a look at. You would hope the people employed by the club would have more knowledge than you and I on who is out there. There's Ten Hag or Nuno as names we might know. Sampaoli was raved about and linked with us before Conte Roberto Martinez ;-) We are still a big club regardless sof current situation so I think pretty much any manager would want the job that isn't - someone that we've already sacked, a handful of national team managers, just taken a job, or isn't at a better project of which there are about maybe 10 clubs.
  27. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    I'd imagine that most of the names being thrown around in the media, would want to 'come in' now.
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