Jez Walters

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  1. Yes, you are right. What he's done for the Club is nothing short of spectacular. He's given me some moments (Bolton away '05) that will remain with me until the day I pass away. I need to be careful I don't lose sight of that. However, CPO was sold to the fans to protect them from future owners, Roman included. Everyone on this Forum keeps banging on about a shiny new stadium yet the point I'm trying to drill home is that in 2020 he can move us to Wembley, re-brand us Chelsea London FC, and pocket £750 million. Stolichnaya all round! I don't want to give anyone even a sniff of chance of pulling a stunt like that. That's why it is a straight 'no'. Look, if Roman isn't going to shaft us, why not come out and give us some guarantees? One line saying "I promise to hold a CPO vote over the location of Nine Elms" or "we won't move beyond 3 miles until 2050" will do for me. SO WHY DOESN'T HE DO IT? Because there is another agenda at work. I might be many things but I didn't come down in the last shower.
  2. Everyone is confusing the issue. The issue over CPO is not about whether we move to a larger stadium. Nearly every CPO shareholder we know is IN FAVOUR of a move SO LONG AS WE KNOW WHERE WE ARE MOVING TO. The key clause is the 2020 date which will allow Roman to move us anywhere (e.g. Wembley or Twickenham) and pocket £750 million from the sale of Stamford Bridge. If you are in favour of THAT, vote YES. If not, ask for guarantees and vote NO. End of.
  3. Washington Blue....C'mon, c'mon! Look, if there is nothing to distrust about the situation, why can't the Club either extend the deadline to 2050 or tell us where they are thinking of moving to? Or are you in favour of us moving to Wembley in 2020 and Roman pocketing £750 million as a side benefit? Vodkas all round! A professional property developer phoned CFCnet today and told us that the reason Bruce Buck gave about CPO being a sticking point for developers is, quote, "bullshit of the highest order". He continued, "do you honestly think that an owner of a brownfield site in London is going to say 'piss off and come back when you've got a CPO vote' to a company that is potentially going to give them £hundreds of millions?" he added, "No chance". If there is no reason to distrust, why can't the Club come clean over their intentions? And do you honestly think that a man who made £8 billion by the age of 36 did it by being 'trustful'. Come on, he's currently in court being sued for £3.9 billion. Come on! I love Roman for what he's done for me, the joy he's given me, but I won't hand over Stamford Bridge to him without guarantees. End of. Nothing personal Washington.
  4. Gianfranco Zola

    Just a heads up. I've heard that Zola, Wise, Di Matteo, Poyet, Monkou etc are playing at a testimonial evening at Swindon Town tonight. Kick off 7pm. That's all I know although I can guarantee its happening because we've been told about it from someone connected with Chelsea FC.
  5. Didier Drogba

    There's a programme on BBC 1 about him at 10.35pm today. That's in three minutes for the clock watchers.
  6. Chelsea Finances Thread

    You gotta speculate to accumulate!
  7. Chelsea Finances Thread

    From the Club: Chelsea reduce losses again and hit record turnover Chelsea FC plc today (Thursday, February 21) announced record group turnover and reduced losses for a second successive season. Chelsea FC also revealed a gross turnover of £223.3 million and independent research that indicated 90 million “core fans†globally. Group results for the year end June 30, 2007, followed another year of success on the field with football, media and sponsorship revenues all showing large rises on the previous financial year. The main figures were: - group turnover up 25% to £190.5m from £152.8m (2005/6) - sponsorship revenues up 89% to £32m from £16.9m (2005/6) due mainly to first year of adidas contract - football activities up 27% to £165.3m from £130.4m (2005/6) due to success on the field, FA Cup and Carling Cup winners, second in FAPL and semi-finalists UCL - cash spend reduced by 46% to £70.5m from £129.6m (2005/6) - matchday revenue up 29% to £74.5m from £57.7m (2005/6) due to increased box office/corporate sales and cup runs - media revenues up 13% to £59.6m from £52.6m (2005/6) - losses reduced by 7% to £74.8m from £80.2m (2005/6) - wages and salaries as percentage of turnover reduced by 5% to 71% from 76% (2005/6) - EBITDA down to £2.3 million negative from £8 million negative (2005/6) - gross turnover of £223.3 million (includes adidas and other merchandise and Chelsea Digital Media not consolidated in group results) The research into fan base was conducted by TNS and was taken in 14 major global markets. Also, following the end of the financial year Chelsea cleared its last remaining external debt by paying off the Eurobond under the terms of the bond arrangement. Chelsea FC Chief Executive Peter Kenyon said: “These figures once again demonstrate that Chelsea is growing in strength as a business and as a club. “I am delighted there has been such large increases in the major income streams. This has all been underpinned by our fundamental aim, success on the field, and this season we are looking to build on that again. “Our long-term target of operating profit break even by 2009/10 remains ambitious but we are determined to meet it or get as close as we can. “In the meantime we have made good on our pledges of last year, hitting all of our aims. We have expanded globally as a club, we have reduced our salaries as percentage of turnover, we have continued to be successful on the field, we have increased sponsorship revenue and we continue to invest in our academy and reduce our reliance on transfers. “With the company also being external debt free and our ownership clearly demonstrating continuing commitment to the long term, I am very confident about the future on a football and business level.â€
  8. Didier Drogba

    Geez the Forum is disintegrating. Droy, you completely missed my point. Thats all I'll say because I'm not wasting my time replying. As for Port, what sort of post is that? This is about Drogba and unless you've been living on the moon Terry didn't knife Mourinho in the back. To even suggest Terry being sold beggars belief.
  9. Gianfranco Zola

    Just a quick 'heads up'. Gianfranco Zola, Chelsea's greatest ever player as voted by the fans, is making a personal appearance in Harrod's tomorrow (Monday 25th June) at 4pm. The event is on the fifth floor in the Sports section. By all accounts, Franco will be signing memorabilia. He's visiting Harrod's as an ambassador for Sardinia Tourism Board. Here's the link: Thought you'd want to know. Cheers Jez
  10. Salomon Kalou

    I'd have to agree with My Blood is Blue. I also felt a little concerned with Kalou's article. He did come across like he deserved to be a first team regular on the strength of his performances in Holland. With Crespo, Drogs and Shevchenko in front of him, I think young Kalou could be a very angry young man by Christmas. We'll see. In the same breath, you've got to applaud Carlo Cudicini and SWP for remaining committed to the Club despite hardly showing for us. Their commitment to Chelsea prevented both of them from attending the World Cup. Bearing all that in mind, their attitudes are outstanding.
  11. New Kits

    Without appearing to be too cryptic, have a little surf on the CFCnet Forums........I can't say anymore but regular readers should know what I'm getting at.
  12. New Kits

    Kearts, I can't answer that because I don't know. All I can say is that the Champions League strip is the colour of a precious metal!
  13. New Kits

    CFCnet knows the colours of the Champions League-only shirts and it's none of these. We therefore assume that these photos are fakes.
  14. Didier Drogba

    I'm still his friend.
  15. Gianfranco Zola

    Zola. No contest, as much as I like Super Frank....