Box of Tricks

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  1. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I wish someone told me about blu-tac when I was younger. Sellotape was unforgiving on bedroom walls.
  2. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I want a manager to manage. What I saw in February and March wasn't management, it was a wilful dereliction of duty. Olivier Giroud's spirit and attitude in the Southampton game turned our season around, because that attitude certainly wasn't coming from the man on the touchline.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think there's truth in those Ronaldo to Juventus rumours, and I think we're the ones funding it by buying Higuain and Rugani. EDIT - This is all over Twitter, there was me thinking I was a half-decent detective.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Real Madrid is probably where he wants to go, but before any talk of Alisson coming in as a replacement, I'd approach Atletico to see if a Courtois/Oblak swap could be on the cards.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    They must have really enjoyed the last month then.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    A lot of Sarri/Chelsea stories about today, and from the looks of it, virtually every paper is putting their faith in "Calcio Napoli 24". Whatever the hell that is...
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Thanks, etc, but for £60m he can go - it will be like selling United a ceiling that will keep them below what they need to be a title winning team. Said it for years, we need a more decisive, productive player to carry our attack - an equal to Hazard. Willian isn't that. Sell him, invest in someone world class, and let Hudson-Odoi pick up the spare minutes around him because he looks gifted. -- Better still, getting Martial in a kind of swap deal for WIllian (with a bit of cash thrown in from our side) would be definitely worth doing.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    That's an incredible gesture Leo, most appreciated.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Jorginho would have been a great signing but looks City bound. However if that falls through, then we should be throwing ourselves in there without any proper safety measures.
  10. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Still hoping for Jokanovic - I just think he ticks a lot more boxes. He conducts himself well, his teams play pleasing, positive football (but not just for the hell of it - they can be ruthless and put games to bed), he understands the value of squad rotation, h'e done well in terms of integrating young players into their matchday squad, and (not saying 60 is old or anything) he's still relatively young. Give him an attacking player equal to Hazard, a proper partner for Kante and the striker he wants and I think we'd be a force. Sarri's a gamble. One that could be utterly brilliant, or be an absolute disaster. It'll certainly be interesting.
  11. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    And on that subject - we're painted as some kind of impatient, sacking machine, but taking the short temporary managers (5 games or less) out of the equation, then we're par for the course with most of the high profile clubs in Europe: Managerial appointments since 2003: Valencia 16, Real Madrid 13, Fiorentina 10, Athletic Bilbao 9, Marseille 13, Juventus 9, Bayern Munich 12, Roma 13, Chelsea 12, Spartak Moscow 14, PSG 9, Besiktas 12, Dynamo Kyiv 12, Newcastle 13, Ajax 10, Olympiakos 26, AC Milan 9, Schalke 13, Borussia Dortmund 9, Porto 13, Sevilla 12, Atletico Madrid 10, Leicester 12, Benfica 9, Galatasary 18, Lazio 12, Bayer Leverkusen 11, Internazionale 15, Sporting Lisbon 13.
  12. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0

    Great way to end a previously not very good season. Feels like ages since we last lifted that trophy! Will never tire of watching Mourinho suffer. He's getting it in the neck after the rubbish he served up, both on and off the pitch.
  13. Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0

    That Monaco game was the stuff of nightmares, but I cling onto the belief that Ranieri was genuinely incompetent in that moment. And I can handle incompetence - from time to time I specialise in it. However, I have an unshakeable feeling that Conte has absolutely done us over.
  14. Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0

    He's a disease who should have been cut out of our club months ago. Not a number cruncher myself, but keeping him has probably cost us just as much. "the quicker you act, the more of the person you save" and all that.
  15. Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0

    I see this being said all the time, but Alonso, Moses, Luiz, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Drinkwater, Morata, Batshuayi, Giroud - I don't think any of them were even here in late 2015.
  16. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    In terms of attitude, he's been an absolute disgrace. He's as good as cheated us over the last new months. Really says something that the catalyst for our late rally was Oliver Giroud's spirit shown against Southampton, because it sure as hell didn't come from Conte. The belief just flowed back into the players after our drip of a manager spent months draining it out of them. And then from that to go and set us up like he did against Huddersfield?! He deserves nothing more than to be taken out by Andy Townsend's Tactics Truck for that farce.
  17. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Surprised he's still here. I'd even show him the door midway through "Abide With Me", if it meant getting someone else in for the Cup Final.
  18. Chelsea 1 Huddersfield Town 1

    I never want to see a manager like Conte at the helm of our club again. Short of saying "rip off his wig and **** down his throat", I want him gone, asap.
  19. Chelsea 1 Huddersfield Town 1

    Don't even give him the cup final. Sack the c**t and throw him in a skip.
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yeah, in the right setup (where we accept him for what he is and play to his strengths) - he could be a goal machine.
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    Agreed. He'd be a great signing.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think we could get £15m for Kenedy quite easily, but I'd like the next manager to run the rule over Batshuayi and Zouma.
  23. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    I had no idea this even happened (lovely work by most of the media to keep it silent). http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/30/mohamed-salah-face-ban-liverpools-final-two-premier-league-games-7508615/ He should get a ban, but (like Jordan Ayew) we all know what will happen.
  24. Antonio Conte

    As long as we don't give them a three goal head start again, then I'm all for it.
  25. Antonio Conte

    If the tactic was to give Southampton a two goal head start, then it worked.