Vinod

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  1. A fair assessment of the situation. I would actually argue Kovacic performed better till December. The transition will take a good 2 seasons. It's a universal problem. If you are given a bad bunch, it is near impossible to get the best of good guys as well. You need to weed out the underperformers. The point to note here is that we got to 4th place because of key contributions by Tammy and Mount in the first few months. I'm happy with Lampard. He is also learning.
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    Thanks . I find it strange that we never gave him a run in the team.
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    I wonder how Tomas Kalas is doing these days. He was brilliant when he played for us against Liverpool. He had Suarez in his pocket. Shame he wasnt used more. Still a Chelsea player. Not sure if he has developed enough to be included in the squad .
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    It's a terrible quartet. For what it's worth I am not sure if Zidane will chase Hazard. Mbappe is a better target for them. Having said that, if they do make an offer for 100 million, we must accept it.
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    Brutus tried to do the right thing as well.
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    Would it be in our best interests to sue them? It's not like we can wish FIFA away.
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    Would that be the case if Bayern had publicly or privately declared interest in him?
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    The club has surely known this has been coming. I don't see any of the loanees getting a chance. What will change is contract extensions. Pretty sure Azpi and Alonsos contracts were extended with the ban in mind. I expect us to extend Hazards and CHOs contracts. The ban will give them bargaining power, but the club will blink. If we are able to appeal and get the summer window to do business; one of the two might be sold. Willian and Pedro's contracts will be run down. Our biggest challenges will be the midfield, striker and Centre back positions. If Emerson is not able to step up, then LB will be a major headache as well. Kovacic, as mediocre as he has been, will not be available next season. For what it's worth, I'd like the manager to play 4-2-3-1, if we are unable to add to the squad. We will have 4 midfielders (Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Ampadu (?)) and 5 AMs/wingers (Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Pulisic, CHO).
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    Pretty sure it was the board's decision. They are not so invested in a manager that they will let go a top player in the winter. Else Costa would have been sold to the Chinese club in the winter. They wanted to see what Conte can do. Conte won the league. Costa was sold as another year would have been untenable.
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    That's what happen when you treat talent like assets on a balance sheet.
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    Memories can be misleading. Eidur was a great bloke. One of my favourites from that era. As striker, he was technically superb and built like a tank. However, his pace was sub par and he was hardly prolific. He was the perfect squad player and Jose used him as such. What wouldn't I give to have a striker like Eidur back up Higuain!
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    Sarri clearly does not know how to manage a big squad. He was equally poor with his treatment of Cesc. An odd appearance out of the blue and you expect squad players to come out all guns blazing.
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    Really digging deep into the archives to pick out Weah. I agree on Kovacic. For a loan signing, he has been reasonably effective. The good thing with Higuain loan is that the outlay is limited; the problem is that he is expected to save our season. I am not sure if he is upto it. The reality though is that there is a dearth of world class goalscorers in the game. I can't even think of a midfielder who can get us 10 goals in a season. Ramsey (assuming if he can stay fit)? City have clearly done a great job of hoarding top level talent. Add the fact that every top club is fighting to retain the best players and looking to improve. The powers that be need to bring their A game in the transfer market. We have wasted millions in the transfer market since 2012. We have 2 PLs but every couple of seasons the gaps appear. It seems like it takes a strong manager to bring decisiveness in transfer strategy; but unfortunately the said manager is put in his proverbial place once he succeeds. Sigh!
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    Which was the last loan signing that did well for us?
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    I have still not understood what kind of striker Sarri needs. Does he need a finisher to get on the end of things or a pacy forward who can get behind the defence or a physical specimen who can hold the ball and bring others into play? How does a striker fit into Sarriball? You really can't expect Higuain to do it all on his own. In the current system I don't expect him to be more effective than Morata or Giroud.
  16. Media / Press

    Most of what Neville says applies to us as well
  17. Gallas? I felt it was more a case of Jose making it worse. And it was made easier by the deal we were able to get. Malouda was a case of the club and the manager burning the bridges. I'd argue Jose has done a lot after he joined Man Utd to burn bridges with the fans.
  18. Frank Lampard: Legend.

    Best player on the pitch apparently.
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    Acceptance is the first step to recovery.
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    You know, as far as this board is concerned, Higuain might be the important target.
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    If Hazard is sold, we should break the bank for Mbappe.
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    Twisted! :-)
  23. I don't think the reasons have ever been a secret; which is why I don't like the idea of the manager being sacked.
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    No; but his history with emotional issues, it's understandable if not acceptable.
  25. Between 2004 to 2010 we were targetting the Champions League. Now we target Champions League spot. That's a drop.