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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    We clearly haven't decided to accept it though, as we have appealed. I suppose in-house there may be a feeling that we're bang to rights and the appeal is face-saving, but outwardly we are fighting it. Given how critical and explicit FIFA have been in their condemnation of clubs who have used CAS to suspend a punishment they know is fair, I really do think our approach is about looking reasonable. Slowly slowly catchy monkey.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Can't speak for the others who were confident we were simply being careful about timing when it came to asking CAS to suspend the ban, but I at least have moved away from that position. Simply not enough time now given we've got until 8 August to buy. I still think we're being strategic and my guess is that playing nicely is about getting and banking kudos in the hope it persuades CAS we've made an honest, FA-approved error and that a ban for two windows is disproportionate... But then my first guess looks increasingly likely to be wrong, so who knows?
  3. St. Patricks 0 Chelsea FC 4

    Can get that, but if I quote myself... Two up top because neither can do one man's job just means the job not being done shifts to somewhere else on the pitch. It isn't really an option for a minimum 50-game season when you've only three strikers on the books, either. Sorry, being a pain in the bum but I think even in a transfer ban season (and I've come round to a position many have held for a while, that we are letting it go this summer... Even if I maintain that is perhaps about maintaining a look of credibility in the hope things go our way and we can buy in January) two up top just isn't viable.
  4. St. Patricks 0 Chelsea FC 4

    I don't disagree that we'll get more out of Bats in a two. I guess though I wonder about where we'll have to lose a player to have two up top, and what the consequences of that will be. Pains of an unbalanced squad, I guess.
  5. St. Patricks 0 Chelsea FC 4

    I'm pretty good at my job, and you're right that a big part of that is having lots of talented people around me. But they are, to use your word, working in 'tandem' with me. They are not doing the bits of my of my job description that I can't do. They have their own jobs. If we really stretch the simile, then maybe there is an argument to be had... We've drastically under-invested in attacking, creative and wing-based positions in the last few years, and our strikers haven't had what they have needed 'in tandem' with them to really make a go of it. Perhaps you could argue that what Bats needs is better players making the chances, and definitely at least more of them. But I think any argument that he'd be better if there was someone else to do all the other lone striker work that is, at least right now, pretty basic across styles and systems... I think that works better as a criticism of him than a compliment or defence. Personally, I like Bats as a character and a finisher. But I've seen enough to think he's not good enough for where we are or want to be.
  6. St. Patricks 0 Chelsea FC 4

    Well quite; I'd find my job easier if someone else was doing all the bits I'm crap at!
  7. Chelsea Finances Thread

    Interesting to actually see the pitch, but I'd expect more or less every PL club does similar. Indeed, it'd be an absolute failure from their fundraising staff to not court sponsors this way.
  8. Eden Hazard

    Achieved the dream move, can let himself go now!
  9. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    If making boring posts gets you on the moderator's radar, we're all f**ked...
  10. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    On a purely factual level, let's not pretend that it's just one poster (or Chelsea supporter) who had it in personally for Sarri. As for not seeing 'a problem'... Well, neither do I really. I reckon making it personal and being abusive is pretty pathetic, but I haven't alerted the church elders. My exchange with Ham was about no-one making it personal about Lampard despite a few suggestions otherwise. I was broadly a Sarri backer... Could argue that him being pinched by a, much more successful and stable club is evidence of backing the right horse, burt that's academic. He's not here anymore and that's that. Literally every Chelsea fan wants Lampard to succeed, regardless of what their best guess on whether or not he actually will is.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    Morata sold permanently...
  12. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Fair to a degree. The difference is though very obvious; we're only one or two pages away in this thread from a poster literally writing 'f**k Sarri'. Some people here (and elsewhere) really did go beyond the opinion of 'I don't rate Sarri' or 'I'm worried about what will happen to us with Sarri in charge' to 'I hate and am going to abuse Sarri'. Absolutely no one here would get even close to that with Lampard. I think anyone can see how 'I don't think Sarri is the right man' and 'f**k Sarri' might get conflated. Anyone conflating 'I don't think appointing Lampard is going to go well' and 'I hate Lampard' has no excuses.
  13. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    You posted the above... Maybe a joke, but ostensibly a dig at someone or at least a perspective, but tbh it is hard to know... So I posted this, being glib about the fact that Gullit and Vialli were appointed over two decades ago, at what was essentially a very different club (and not attempting dig you out here, but if the '91' refers to the year of your birth you might not appreciate that managerial experience or not, both Gullit and Vialli were actually huge, barely believable coups for us as a club when they agreed to sign as players and managers at the time). Literally no way they can be used as a comparison for Lampard's appointment, or in fact just about anything that happens at Chelsea in 2019. And yeah, again have literally no idea what point you're making or who you're rallying against. I really haven't seen anyone here say much of anything about Frank's experience... The worry is more the state of the playing squad he is in and that some of us simply cannot bring ourselves to believe the delusion that so many of us buy into again and again each time we get a new manager that this time, this will finally be the time that the club sticks rather than twists. Don't understand why some people read 'I disagree with you' as 'I hate Lampard and what him to fail'. Really struggling to see what Ruud Gullit (who, as a point of relevant order, was unceremoniously sacked despite bringing more success than we'd had for about 30 years) has to do with any of this...
  14. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Exactly; there are a few of us who with the best will in the world are worried this will go badly quickly, and a few who are critical of nonsense ideas around 'free passes' or people claiming they'd be okay with finishing 8th place (so losing, what, at least a quarter of our league games?) but literally no one here has been critical of Frank. Why some posters have pretended otherswise... Who knows. Not really sure what 'getting behind' means other than 'shut up and just have my opinion' anyway, tbh... Frank doesn't, in all likelihood, read CFCnet.
  15. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Seems more like you forgot it isn't 1996, tbh. Hardly even know what point it is you are making or arguing against.