Droy was my hero

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  1. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Well I spotted your rather good point. It may be about Chelsea demanding compensation. And it may be that the revised Chelsea contract was based around a loyalty payment where Conte's money for 18/19 and 17/18 is based upon him not taking up any other offer before Summer 2019. Both would be smart moves by the club, and the things one would expect to be built into the July 17 contract improvement. (But I hope we are doing it through pure spite too).
  2. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Except the bold bit we know for certain happened. That is the fact, the rest, while very probable, remains guess work.
  3. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    You tell them (July 2017) that you really really really want them to stay. You offer them a big pay rise with no extension to make them absolutely 100% agree to say to 2019. It includes big clauses in it that really commit him to stay. And he signs it. Of course if he then decides he wants out, you have a very unpleasant situation - I dare say the Football Director would probably stop talking to him. He'd bad mouth the club to the press, and deny responsibility. He might well get stroppy and fall out with the fans. He might even demand his great CF or his best CB never plays again. He could even deny having had a role in squad selection and blame the club for all the guys they got from Serie A. I should think both manager and club might be pretty pissed off at the end of all that. Could all that really happen?
  4. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Just the opposite - it explains exactly why RM would sign Lopetegui 3 weeks after he had just extended his Spain contract - they were clearly hoping to get someone better. A temp manager who turned out to be rubbish, and who they had no commitment to, so dumped. And it explains why they spent 2 weeks after sacking Lopetegui to appoint the RM B manager. They could have announced both together if they hadn't been determined to get their real target. And it explains exactly why in that 2 week period Conte announced he was planning to sue Chelsea.
  5. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Tuchel? Lopetegui? The guy from RM B. I don't claim to be expert on Euro club managers, but generally when PSG, BM or RM make an appointment I have at least heard of the guy. Why they wanted Conte?? I take that as a joke. Why replace Zidane? I don't know. But in 2017 Conte seemed pretty angry he was still at Chelsea, even after the big pay rise.
  6. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    You don't make decisons on managers in July. Even so he remains the best available candidate out there by a mile. Guardiola, then Conte, then er who? Mourinho, Klopp, Pochettino, Zidane, but only two of those has ever won anything.
  7. Chelsea 0 Everton 0

    So instead of accelerating and shooting hard, you think he needs to slow down, look up, and make a controlled sideways pass. I reckon the covering defender blocks anything but a rapid shot, and maybe even gets to the ball first if Willian tries an considered pass. Which at least gives you something to complain about if Willian chose a pass. I think most of the errors of judgement are looking for a pass rather than shooting. But generally there is a lot of luck in these things*. Which is why we have scored 3 or 4 on a regular basis while having loads of opportunities against WHU and Everton and scored none. * The real issue is that we aren't getting men in the box often enough to pass to.
  8. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Not seen the allegations, but lets be clear. The number of journalists has halved over the past 10 years or so, and the number of PR professionals has tripled and is greater (can't find exact stats, but it is there or there abouts). Most of the PR experts are former journalists now on much better pay. Billions of dollars is paid into PR. Much of it comes from the ME - which explains how hard it is to get anyone to talk openly about what really happens there. Saudi, UAE and Qatar are big big payers. And of course part of this enormous spending is the subsidy that goes into PSG and Man City. Reporting on Politics, Trade, Business, Environment, Culture, Sport - it is all dominated by the PR companies that provide the interviewees ("experts"), fund the trips, write the first draft of articles, and highlight to any willing journalist what stories to follow. How any journalist competes with colleagues in their job without being wholly beholden to PR firms and their near neighbours - the unnamed sources in government - I can't imagine. But the flip side is that City are 100% right. Those with long memories will recall that when FFP was being introduced, I repeatedly called it illegal. A nice cartel to limit spending by the in-crowd and intimidate outsiders. But wholly illegal under EU or national laws. That the first club to call UEFA's bluff would win. Seems I was right for once!
  9. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    No no - you misunderstand. I suspect RM wanted him in 2017. That is why Chelsea did what surprised us all and upped his pay massively with no extension. That in retrospect only makes sense if we tied him down much more tightly, so that he became unable to walk under any circumstances. So when RM came for him (and/or with others) in 2017, 2018 and again this month, they couldn't get him because of his ultra-tight deal with Chelsea. Whether RA is refusing to release him from that because he wants a massive price or just out of spite, I don't know - I kind of like the spite version. It is not Conte turning RM and others down. It is Chelsea holding him back. So who is Thomas Tuchel anyway? Whatever you or I think of Conte, he had 4 amazing years over 2013-17. Anyone planning for a manager in 2018 would have had him top of the list.
  10. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Because his Chelsea contract runs out in 2019.
  11. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    So it is possible that RM have just not offered enough "twice". Or that Conte will only go if he gets the whole premium (because RM will have a price in mind, and if that is shared with Chelsea then Conte gets less). And probable that RM will just wait till next Summer. And assuming Conte is just waiting, the last thing he would want to do is to shaft the current RM manager by pre-announcing his own appointment.
  12. Tiemoue Bakayako

    A year different in age. They overlapped at Monaco for a year, and in the U21s. They could well be mates.
  13. Chelsea 0 Everton 0

    9 times out of 10 linesmen are correctly calling him offside. You can blame linesmen for getting one out of 3 wrong. 1 out of 10 (and those when he is in line) is not their fault.
  14. Chelsea 0 Everton 0

    Trouble is that strikers are usually on side (they get paid a lot to be onside) and so linos mostly do give "the benefit of the doubt" to them. When you are consistently 1m offside, you are going to consistently going to find the benefit is given to the defender. I blame Sarri. There are clear instructions for Morata to push the back line backwards and give more room to our other players. Morata doesn't do this well, and PL defenders are good enough not to be persuaded. It is not working. Change the instructions. But then that was a disaster season by Pep, worse than Moyes first season as the chosen one. Why he was never called out on it, I don't know. 66 points. Quite. It has never been on this season for any PL club except City. I don't think anyone is even trying seriously (though Liverpool and Spurs are still pretending they are big enough to try).
  15. Tiemoue Bakayako

    Too kind. But where were you in his last two years with us and I was in a minority of 1 on this site (but would have been pretty mainstream on other Chelsea sites)?
  16. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    History suggests we take the sanctity of a contract extremely seriously, and always pay out when there is a fair claim. That to me suggests that the club would be furious if a manager signed up to a big pay increase with the intention of committing him to the club for the remainder of his existing contract, and then demanded to go to RM. And indeed the club do appear to be furious.
  17. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I'm stuck on believing Conte would just love the RM job, and that RM would just love Conte, and only Chelsea and that pesky mega contract he signed in July 2017 are keeping him from that. The alternatives - that RM wanted Lopetegui and the B team coach more than they wanted Conte, or that Conte would say no to RM, are just not credible.
  18. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    It is in his interest to not say so. Sure - but "because I told the press this back in November" isn't evidence at all, admissable or not, whereas if he has had an offer from RM that he can confirm, that would be valid in court without debate.. It all makes perfect sense if we start with the assumption that RM wanted Conte twice and RA was determined not to let him go. A pissed off Conte threatens to sue - standard practice. Chelsea say "we'll meet in court" - also standard. I'd say our legal team likes to keep stuff out of the media and is willing to pay generously to ex-employees to do. I don't see that as being limp.
  19. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    His court case? Nothing he says out of court helps him, only what he can prove in court. Moreover, whatever he wants, you can be absolutely sure RM don't want it advertised across town that they have hired 2 managers now, neither of which they really wanted. Berezovsky wanted $6.5 billion off RA in his court case. (he was called a fantasist by the judge in the least reported part of the case). I wouldn't take headline figures too seriously. More interesting is that he announced it just after RM sacked Lopetegui, and while they spent 2 weeks deciding on promoting their B manager.
  20. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    BTW - I see RM have appointed their B team manager as new "permanent" manager. Something they could have done immediately on sacking the last "permanent manager", Lopetegui 2 weeks ago. Once again they seem to have attempted to appoint a manager and failed. I guess that ties in with the reports of Conte suing Chelsea. My full admiration goes to RA, who for the second time it seems to me has prevented Conte going to RM at great cost to Chelsea and out of pure spite.
  21. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I think Conte did a lot right and as much or more wrong last season. It seems funny, having at one time been accused of all kinds of disloyalty to the great new manager to find myself on the pro-Conte side now. I don't think my position has moved at all in 2 years, I've gone from contrarian cool on Conte to contrarian luke-warm while the consensus has swung violent pro and then against him. As ever people want to see all events as proof of Manager Genius or incompetence. But if managers really did make that much difference they'd be paid more than the players.
  22. Media / Press

    While Bernard went down very easily, I think Rudiger was very silly. First waving aggressively in the face of Bernard (which in my mind was the worst bit of the whole incident), then going down rather ridiculously after leaning in as Bernard got up. Rudiger always seemed a much more serious player than that.
  23. Media / Press

    Isn't the whole thing just some marketing shtick. Either for the US domestic league or for the PL on TV in US or both.
  24. Media / Press

    It's 20 points in 12 games. They have played 3 of the top 4. They just beat Juve away. They are just one of 3 teams to have scored against City without conceding 6. With all the wishful thinking in the world, it is miles short of a disaster. Matic and the CBs though are a real problem.
  25. Chelsea 0 Everton 0

    This one? Fair enough - I see you edited mats to mata