Phoenix Blue

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About Phoenix Blue

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    CFCnet Member
  • Birthday 10/06/1945

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    Ex Battersea boy, now living in New Hampshire. US
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    Watching my beloved team from afar.

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  1. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    I posted this as a subject on another forum I have belonged to for many years, I called it "A sense of entitlement or mismanagement" Anyway I wrote this after the Wolves home game and I thought I would share it with you all today. I have been thinking about this subject for a few days and with the most humble respect to all of you that pay a fortune to watch Chelsea home and away, I feel that as a supporter who started watching Chelsea seriously from the late fifties right through to the early eighties I probably have a right to an opinion. Obviously since leaving the UK in the 80's to live abroad my financial contribution to CFC has been literally nothing apart from the odd trip to Moscow (thanks to Paul aka KDIG) and one or two games at the Bridge. With all that said I still love my club the same as ever and although its from an armchair I feel I need to express some thoughts as to our current situation. This subject is nothing to do with whether Sarri is frigging useless, or whether Jorghino is his pet and also no good, it has to do with the way football has changed. We still have the old time supporters who remember the old days and how precarious our financial position was years ago, but there is a new breed of supporter who have only witnessed the good times since Roman arrived, in addition to that this new generation is now taking part is this new social media world that we are all now part of. The result is what I call instant reactions to things that do not warrant such awful diatribe, Twitter on match day is a good example. I feel there is now a sense of entitlement with this new generation of fans which is now infecting the atmosphere that Les and Kyp have commented on, its like we are Chelsea and we expect to win all the time and be up there challenging for every trophy going. Listen I want to win all the time and be competing for trophies, but I am a realist to know that when you have been successful as we have been these past 15 years, unless the structure of the club matches that success on the pitch, eventually the foundation will crumble. For example these past 5 years even though we have won titles and cups we have failed to strengthen this team, I have said time and time again you always get stronger from a a position of strength and we have never done that. The club knew we were losing the spine of the this side with JT and Lampard, Drogba and Cole all leaving, but no planning or thought went into solving this dilemma and as a result this side is fundamentally weaker than we have seen for a long time. We are not a top four side at the moment and if we lose Hazard that will get worse, our club is not about football as it was in years past, its not about the fans anymore its all about the business model, what the board seem to have forgotten is that the business model only works if the team is winning things. If they do not, the sponsors will drop us like a hot potato. So we can all argue about whether Sarri is any good or not, whether Jorginho is any good, but the stark reality is that the board have seriously screwed things up and we are where we are because of their incompetence. We have never replaced Emenalo with a quality DOF, and the purchases made have on the whole been wasteful with no thought of where this club needs to be. Look at the money spent on Bakayoko, Batshuayi and Morata, players that are all out on loan at the moment and cost about 140 million? Look I really don't know where this all goes but I have a hunch that the best move would be for Roman to sell the club to a new buyer and we look forward hopefully to a new direction of forward planning and expertise. I am eternally grateful for all Roman has done for our club but politically he is an anchor on the club right now and the scatter gun approach to hiring and firing managers is now something that clearly doesn't work anymore. This would mean a year or two without maybe winning anything, but in the long run it will be far more rewarding than the way things are right now, it might even clear out the boo boys who we don't need. The constant sarcastic clapping or booing of Jorghino is totally unacceptable, we can vent our feelings in the pub with friends or on forums such as this one but to do this when a player is wearing our shirt is not on. Anyway you have my thoughts.
  2. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    The other thing that pisses me right off, is that when we play this way by completely dominating teams, people are quick then to point how **** the other team is :)
  3. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    Brilliant performance so far, cannot understand why so much pessimism during that first half.
  4. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    We have hit the woodwork 20 times this season
  5. Europa League

    Cannot beat that draw, no reason why we cannot get to the final now.
  6. Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 5

    The strength of Ruben and the pass from Alonso made that such a superb goal
  7. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    Personally we looked tired as crap and I thought Fulham were a little unlucky that second half. Scotty Parker has certainly got them up for this one, they never stopped chasing and closing the whole game. Glad to get out of there with 3 points
  8. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    Parker has at least realized that Sessonghon(sp) is now playing in his right position
  9. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    Willian having a decent game today, as for Hazard he don't look bothered
  10. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    I don't know Mark it helps now then I think :)
  11. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    Does anyone know when we last scored from a corner
  12. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    To be fair mate that was some save
  13. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    All started with another poor pass from Rudiger
  14. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    Now that is much better Higuain 1-0
  15. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    He does, had a couple of decent chances and looks a yard too slow