Droy was my hero

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  1. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Brilliant for 3 years at WHU. Bought for a massive fee. Started in 34+3 games (suspended once) in his first year under tinkerman Ranieri (in a season where only 5 or 6 players played had 20+ starts and just the three acronyms, SFL, JT & JFH started over 30, and then brilliant for the next 12 and a half years. You just were expecting something else.
  2. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    so what - that is the whole point - he never was a No10 who put a little light duty in midfield. He was always a midfield warrior first and foremost. It's ok, we all get players wrong in their first six months. In 5 years time people will still be arguing Jorginho was crap in his first year.
  3. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    People say that about a lot of players who they get wrong. Drogba most famously who went from Mega star at Marseilles to a nobody but then learnt his trade at Chelsea - apparently. Most of us got SFL wrong, me too. That in 2001 Ranieri splashed out £11m on him from a club that had to get rid given that they had just sacked his uncle and father, is a prima facie case that he was never ordinary. That it was Bates money makes it even less likely (Bates, not RA's, 3 years later we paid that kind of money for Duff, Maka and just £6.6m on the WHU wunderkind and captain Joe Cole). That for 10 1/2 of the next 11 years he was a monster makes the case even stronger that he was always a monster player, just some of us were unable to see it. RLC was hyped a lot earlier than SFL ever was at Westham, yet has not produced anything like SFL's performances there. But true - Right now RLC's career has barely started. :) They say nuclear fusion will be a real commercial opportunity in 50 years. They have been saying the same for 70 years now. RLC will be a megastar in 6 months time.
  4. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    How dare anyone else have a conspiracy theory about dwmh. That is his privilege!
  5. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Really. I did see him showing his gifts for the first time over quite few seasons now. And given the options he would have been my choice to start. But I still haven't seen the competent basics.
  6. First PL club to sack a black manager too.
  7. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    True. But I think it is more neutral than either of us thought on the last page. I don't think it is that clear. There are lots of reasons not to bring in the next permanent manager in midseason when things have been going wrong. And it may be they have moved from Conte first choice, to Conte, Klopp or Poch in some other order and depending on who they can get. Certainly they must have worked out that the best managers are already in England now. IMO I still think Zidane was only brought in as a temp, and that RM will appoint Conte this summer. Though this is a long odds call, and I may be wrong.
  8. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Actually reading more today, it seems Conte is claiming that we prevented him from getting a top managers job last summer. No quotes with that, it seems that all reporting is either "off the record comments" or just made up. Indeed probably just made up by people who don't want to give their names. But if true, maybe we did just do it to spite him - he deserved it after signing a massive contract and trying to get out. There are all kinds of rumours out of Italy now, even though they still all have a league game this weekend. But I still expect Conte to go to RM.
  9. Media / Press

    The words "was accused" is not a get out clause here, it is a deliberate attempt to mislead. So so Guardian.
  10. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    It remains a complete misunderstanding of what SFL was - a hugely competent all around midfielder whose main talent was an enormous work rate and terrific defensive discipline. That he could dribble, shoot, pass brilliantly, had wonderful vision, finished, arrived late with great timing (all the strengths of RLC plus a few more less pace) - these things were all extras on top. That is why the comparison with RLC is so crazy - SFL was a monster midfielder + the Extras. RLC to date has been only the Extras
  11. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Well yes - especially given am arguing against a view that he frequently disappeared from games. A silly straw man it would be.
  12. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    I think you'll find that if you try to start a discussion based around an untruth, people will drop the discussion and start on the untruth.
  13. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    It isn't a discussion - it is a form of lunacy. Pull yourself together. Frank could have never scored a goal for us and had half the number of assists and he'd still have been a monster 90 minute player. The goals were the icing on the cake.
  14. Petr Cech retires

    Matt Law reported that Chelsea would find a role - I thought that was pretty much understood. What he did not say was that the role would be "Sporting Director". Usually that title is pretty senior, Manager level or above.
  15. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Pay it out in Silver. I wish this story confirmed my hopes that we stopped Conte from his ideal move. Sadly it doesn't.
  16. Petr Cech retires

    Sure it was a joke here too - but yes, I do have a tendency to describe rather ridiculous assertions from people sitting in Qatar about events in Cobham as ridiculous.
  17. Petr Cech retires

    So does that make you the guy who waits till Jim White gets something right and then jumps up and down saying "I told you so. Jim White predicted it". Good luck.
  18. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    This is silly. SFL was a super hardworking disciplined midfielder first. All the other things were just extras. Including the goals.
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well I have just said you are in denial of the facts and created another myth to justify yourself, so I am not surprised you don't understand my point. First we have about 40 adult players who are on our books and have recently been part of our first team squads. Secondly a ban this year is unlikely, but for the sake of argument we can let that go. So there is plenty of scope to play teams with fewer young players that Sarri has used. Plenty of choice - too much.
  20. Petr Cech retires

    Sporting Director? I doubt the press have a clue - and Jim White isn't even in the UK is he? They probably know he will get a technical role, but there are dozens of them to be had. We could do with 2 or 3 more to manage the loan observations. Seems ridiculous to me that we have GK2 and GK3 both older than Cech. Surely he should be on the bench.
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    This smacks so much of "I told you so, and I was not wrong because he only did it because he was forced to". It smacks of "Obstruction". What on earth makes you think any of those (even if they were credible candidates) would back youth?
  22. I'd have nothing against her getting an Academy job. In her case even a first team coach job. Or from getting promoted from there. But this conversation started with her getting Sarri's job. Kane became ready and played. The other two had their chances, weren't rejected, just sent on loan. The manager took a tight knit small squad to win the league. Lampard & Cech were two others moved on at the same time.
  23. It's a bit like the "Kyle Scott has never been given a chance to play with top players at Chelsea" argument. It isn't about gender. It is about the size of the market. Women's football in UK is about the size of men's football in Malta. Surely you wouldn't argue that a top domestic Maltese manager with silverware should be considered as a Chelsea manager? There is a woman manager in the German division 5. She is 30 and a former German woman U23 international. Promoted from Assistant manager. Imke Wubbenhorst. That is a good starting point for her - good luck. Sense of humour too - she told the press she picks the team on penis size.
  24. Dismissive yes, accurate yes too. It has all been Ladies football. The boys vs girls comparison is everything. Had she been just as successful in amateur football, would you be proposing her now? She is only a big fish because it is a very very very small pool. It isn't a man's job, it isn't a job where the extra speed or strength or arrogance of a man helps. But it is a job in which she competes with 50% of the population, instead of the 1% that have shown any interest in female football.
  25. No she really hasn't. She has succeeded in a sport with about 1% of the competitors of male football played at a level equivalent to U15 level. Well it isn't to me - though I can't get worked up about it. Probably his biggest qualification or the job is his sister who manages in a bigger sport. BTW Sian Massey-Ellis is brilliant - sets the standard in her profession - but she is competing with men and in the male sport, not in some parallel universe.