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  1. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    Who will be the next Chelsea boss?
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    England defender Gary Cahill, 33, is wanted by former boss Antonio Conte at Inter Milan after leaving Chelsea. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    Of course, and nobody would claim any different,.
  4. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    Sorry, but this is absolute nonsense . Just my opinion though.......
  5. 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.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    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.
  7. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Meaning what, exactly?
  11. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    Well, I hope that you're right - but, I remember having similar conversations about Robbie dM, and that certainly didn't work out well.......:)
  12. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    I certainly don't have a problem with Frank (if he gets the job), but I don't want to see him slaughtered by Roman if things don't work out (in the short to medium term), and this sort of thing has happened in the past.
  13. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    According to what I've been reading via Sky Sports, Frank is in negotiations with Derby right now for a contract extension. Make of that what you will!
  14. Tiemoue Bakayako

    Bakayoko is a Blue NEWSSAT 15 JUL 2017 Tiemoue Bakayoko is a Chelsea player having today completed a transfer from Monaco. Bakayoko, 22, is a tall, strong and quick central midfielder who was instrumental in Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph last season, as well as their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals. He recently made his debut for France in the same line-up as new team-mate N’Golo Kante, and is widely recognised as one of the best young central midfielders in European football. Bakayoko, who has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.14 shirt, said: ‘I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood. ‘I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates.’ Technical director Michael Emenalo added: ‘Tiemoue was outstanding as Monaco emerged as one of Europe’s best sides last season and we are delighted to welcome him to Chelsea. ‘Despite his young age he already has plenty of experience as a French title winner and having competed in the latter stages of the Champions League, we believe he will add considerable quality to our squad.’ In possession, Bakayoko typically plays quickly and simply but has the ability to be more expansive if required, and is strong in a one-on-one situation. His physicality, awareness and timing in the tackle means he is superb at winning the ball back and harassing opponents into mistakes. In a tight central midfield two at Monaco he starred as they unexpectedly beat Paris St-Germain to the title and also reached the last four of the Champions League, knocking out Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund en route. Bakayoko scored the decisive goal in a thrilling two-legged tie against the Premier League side. Born in Paris, Bakayoko came through the Rennes academy in the north-west of France and made his senior debut in August 2013, a week after his 19th birthday. He signed for Monaco the following summer and made almost 100 appearances for the principality side during his three seasons there, scoring five goals.
  15. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    ^^^^^^^% From what I've been reading, it would seem that Chelsea would prefer to wait until Frank has more experience. I wish I could eavesdrop when Marina speaks to Roman right now!
  16. Who Will Be The Next Chelsea Boss?

    Chelsea will use £4million of the £7m Sarri compensation to free Lampard from his Derby contract. He will bring in trusted lieutenant Jody Morris as assistant. He is also talking to Drogba about a role as striker coach and wants Shay Given from Derby as goalkeeper coach. But there is no place for his former skipper John Terry — coach at promoted Aston Villa — in Chelsea’s new set-up. Lampard, 40, is understood to have held talks with owner Roman Abramovich before agreeing to take the job. But he has to resolve the issue over Sarri’s No 2 Gianfranco Zola. The Italian has told friends he will not accept a demotion.
  17. It's hard to predict who this board would want, or could afford. Who would have thought that we'd end up with Sarri this season? Seriously? Frank is as good a guess as any right now, but he may not want the job at this stage of his management career. He should probably consult Robbie......:).
  18. Every season, at every club, the players are always partly to blame, just the same as the coach/manager is. Sometimes less/sometimes more, but the players always contribute.
  19. Tiemoue Bakayako

    Clearly, he divides opinion. He's certainly young, and my impression is that there is a player in there somewhere - whether we get to see that player, is another question.
  20. Tiemoue Bakayako

    :). Of course, you could be right - I guess I may be being influenced by the transfer ban!
  21. Tiemoue Bakayako

    I've only seen him in a couple of games in Italy, but to me he looked a much better player than the one we saw at SB. Maturity, maybe? Just guessing, but if he has 'grown' into the player we originally thought we'd bought, then I certainly wouldn't be against giving him another shot with us nest season. The transfer ban (if it stays) would strenghten his probable value to us, imo. .
  22. Eden Hazard

    Have to admit at feeling disappointed when I first saw that. But then, i realised that it's something all new players seem to do there (and when being presented at Barca). Yes, I think that's true. He's given us so much, so I simply can't begrudge his move, and wish him all success in the future.
  23. Maurizio Sarri: Why Italian is leaving Chelsea with reputation intact By Phil McNulty Chief football writer Maurizio Sarri's imminent departure from Chelsea comes as no surprise despite winning the Europa League - yet the maverick, unloved Italian can leave with his reputation enhanced. Sarri shaped Chelsea's superb 4-1 win over Arsenal in Baku, returned them to the Champions League after finishing third in the Premier League behind two magnificent teams in Manchester City and Liverpool, and only lost the Carabao Cup final to Pep Guardiola's City on penalties. And yet the 60-year-old Italian, still regarded as one of the coaching elite in his homeland, never looked like he would be in position to build on a season that would have most clubs talking instant contract extensions rather than divorce. Sarri, significantly, showed as much appetite to stay at Chelsea as they did to retain him. He could now say, with some justification, he was underappreciated. Indeed, the former banker can look back on his single season in west London with pride after that outstanding second-half display in Azerbaijan overpowered Arsenal to win his first serious silverware. And it was not just in the European context that Sarri, who succeeded compatriot Antonio Conte in July 2018, deserves great credit. It would have taken some manager to guide a team anywhere near Manchester City and Liverpool this season - as it will next season. Sarri's departure will have some questioning why the two parties did not make more strenuous efforts to extend their relationship - and yet the counter argument is that this is the inevitable end to what often appeared a loveless sporting marriage. Strange as it may seem, a very large majority of Chelsea fans will not mourn his exit. Sarri was, in many ways, the anti-Conte. His predecessor left Chelsea amid rancour, his high-maintenance, full-on approach bringing a Premier League title and an FA Cup in two campaigns at Stamford Bridge as his relationship with the club's top brass fractured beyond repair. Conte was sharp-suited and slick. Sarri was the superstitious chain-smoker, who wore a tracksuit at all times and sated his craving for nicotine by chewing on a cigarette butt during matches. He left Napoli without a trophy but with an attractive and high-quality team, arriving at Chelsea with high praise from stellar figures such as Guardiola. The appointment was regarded as coup. And yet, after a start of rich promise, trouble descended. Supporters did not take to 'Sarri-ball'; the mockery and abuse directed towards the manager became impossible to ignore, particularly during their FA Cup fifth-round home defeat by Manchester United in February. That came less than three weeks after a 4-0 Premier League loss at Bournemouth, and a mere eight days after a 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City. Six days after the Blues went out of the FA Cup, there was more embarrassment; keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, apparently injured as a penalty shootout loomed, produced an astounding act of insubordination by refusing to be substituted during the EFL Cup final at Wembley. It seemed impossible that Sarri would survive. The lack of immediate alternatives, and a very good performance in defeat by Manchester City at Wembley, gave the manager breathing space to deliver a season that he will regard as well within his remit at Chelsea. This is a club where trophy targets are not necessarily set - but where the manager is expected to be in contention for major silverware and the Champions League places at the season's end. Sarri achieved both, putting a big European prize in the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet. Chelsea agree deal for Sarri to join Juventus Chelsea managers under Abramovich Manager Dates Games Win % Trophies Maurizio Sarri Appointed 14 July 2018 63 63.49 Europa League Antonio Conte 1 July 2016 - 13 July 2018 106 66.04 Premier League, FA Cup Guus Hiddink (interim) 21 Dec 2015 - 30 June 2016 27 37.04 Jose Mourinho 1 July 2013 - 17 Dec 2015 136 58.82 Premier League, League Cup Rafael Benitez (interim) 22 Nov 2012 - 26 May 2013 48 58.33 Europa League Roberto di Matteo 13 June 2012 - 21 Nov 2012 21 52.38 Roberto di Matteo (interim) 4 Mar 2012 - 12 June 2012 21 66.67 Champions League, FA Cup Andre Villas-Boas 1 June 2011 - 4 Mar 2012 40 50.00 Carlo Ancelotti 1 June 2009 - 22 May 2012 109 62.39 Premier League, FA Cup Guus Hiddink (interim) 11 Feb 2009 - 30 June 2009 22 72.73 FA Cup Luis Felipe Scolari 1 July 2008 - 09 Feb 2009 36 55.56 Avram Grant 20 Sep 2007 - 24 May 2008 54 66.67 Jose Mourinho 1 June 2004 - 20 Sep 2007 184 67.39 Premier League (2), FA Cup, League Cup (2) Claudio Ranieri 18 Sep 2000 - 30 June 2004 190 52.63 So why is this decision to leave and return to Italy with Juventus no great surprise? Sarri guided Chelsea to a finish above Tottenham and won the Europa League so impressively, making Arsenal look distinctly second rate in the process. Yet his lack of connection with the players, as well as his tactical vagaries, meant his brief stay seemed so joyless for all parties. Conte was a player of the highest class with a track record of success with Juve and Inter, so his word was law. Sarri's background was in banking with no playing record or history of major trophies to fall back on. This may have contributed to a season in which his authority never appeared to be fully stamped on Chelsea's squad. Sarri was also stubborn to the point of pig-headedness in some moments, especially with his removal of N'Golo Kante, widely accepted as the best holding midfielder in world football, to a role marginalised on the right to accommodate favoured son Jorginho, who followed him from Napoli in a £50m deal. During the lows of February, Sarri's like-for-like substitutions - his habit of replacing Mateo Kovacic with Ross Barkley (or vice-versa) - became the subject of derision among Chelsea fans. When Barkley came on for Kovacic during that FA Cup defeat by Manchester United, the moved was greeted with very audible ironic laughter from the stands, before Stamford Bridge echoed to chants of "you don't know what you're doing". In his defence, Jorginho did improve as the season progressed but was rarely an upgrade on Kante, while Sarri's reluctance to use young England players Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi retreated as the season went on. He proved, belatedly, he could be flexible if not exactly revolutionary. Sarri never forged any sort of bond with Chelsea's fans, who regarded his signature style as tedious despite the flowing destruction of Unai Emery's Arsenal. His personality was a contrast to the combustible Conte and his wild celebrations. Perhaps because he was steeped in finance rather than the football to which he arrived late, Sarri seemed spectacularly unconcerned with how he was viewed either inside or outside Chelsea. He was even prepared to risk owner Roman Abramovich's wrath by complaining about the scheduling of an end-of-season charity game in Boston against New England Revolution. He was actually vindicated to an extent after Loftus-Cheek sustained a serious Achilles tendon injury in the match. Sarri is a singular man prepared to plough his own furrow, even if it is a lonely one. And yet, because the season ended with real success, there will always be a question of "what might have been" had Sarri stayed - although this will be a question that may not trouble Chelsea or their fans for too long. Sarri is leaving with his stock higher than when he arrived at Stamford Bridge.
  24. Derby will demand £4m in compensation if Chelsea are to take Frank Lampard as their new manager, Sky Sports News understands
  25. Essentially, you'd have to say 'yes' to that.