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  1. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    My main concern is that Lampard will be taking over at a tricky time when we've just lost Hazard and are not able to strengthen the squad in the transfer market for a season. I don't see it as a necessarily good thing that we might have to bring in academy players. Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek are exceptions to the rule. And they're both out with long-term injuries. Tammy Abraham will get a chance to impress. Not sure anyone else is really ready to step up. Which means we're likely to be treading water for a season while our main rivals get further away. I'm just hoping it's not going to go pear-shaped too quickly. It's going to be some achievement if Frank is able to replicate last season without Hazard. He's going to need Sarri's luck and then some, too.
  2. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    One of the greatest players ever to grace a Chelsea shirt. Operating for a first season under a transfer ban, following on the loss of Hazard, is going to be a real challenge. Good luck, Frank.
  3. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    It's difficult to be objective when a bona fide Chelsea legend like Lampard is under consideration. But I'm really surprised that Lampard hasn't turned around and said that he's not ready right now and would like to learn his trade for a few years. It's not as if the Chelsea manager's job is unlikely to be vacant in the coming years. What's the rush? Or is he planning to learn on the job? Talk about jumping in at the deep end!
  4. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    From the Sunday Times this morning...
  5. Thought we might go for Nuno as a ‘best of the rest’ option. Did well on limited resources at Wolves. Thought he might get a couple of seasons while Lampard learns his trade. But is hardly an inspiring choice. Other contenders like Blanc or Deschamps seem like yesterday's men. Everything points to Lampard now. It's a leap in the dark considering his lack of experience. I dread what will happen if results don't go for us in a post-Hazard season.
  6. This. If these rumours are true, Lampard will be expected to come in during a possible transfer ban, facing a season without the player who has carried the team for several seasons, in need of a major squad overhaul, and with our two most promising youngsters out of contention with very serious injuries from which they might not fully recover. It’s a tall order for any manager, never mind one with only one year’s experience in the Championship.
  7. Injury News

    Well, some good news as it’s being reported that Reece James’s injury is not as bad as feared. A sprained ankle rather than a break. Likely out for a month.
  8. Eden Hazard

    I don’t begrudge him moving on. Hazard has carried us for the last few seasons with his goals and assists. He’s one of the top five best players in the world. Such players don’t come along often and we’ve been privileged to have him. It’s a real problem that his leaving might coincide with a transfer ban as we need a big overhaul to compensate for his loss. My fear is we’re about to find out how the current Chelsea side copes without Hazard over a season. And it’s not going to be pretty.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Farewell Eden Hazard...
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    100m euros sounds more than 88m pounds. So I guess the Club should spin the higher figure to make us look like we negotiated hard and got a good deal.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    Other sources are saying that it’s 100m Euros plus add ons.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    An agreement has been reached between all parties and Eden Hazard's €100million move from Chelsea to Real Madrid will be made official this evening or tomorrow. (Mundo Deportivo).
  13. Non Chelsea: Champions League

    Well that was absolutely dire to watch and a terrible advert for the Premier League. How Barcelona and Ajax screwed up, I’ll never know. That might’ve been a final worth watching.
  14. Seems that this is a mutually beneficial decision. Sarri gets a crack at managing Juventus. We get to move on from a difficult season with a manager who, fairly or not, didn’t endear himself to the fans. That we rescued it at the end, doesn’t cover up how this season nearly imploded on us. Think we’d be in a much better position to face any transfer ban without long term injuries to Rudiger, CHO and RLC. Never mind the loss of Hazard which cannot be underestimated. We could do any new manager a huge favour by getting the window unfrozen this Summer. Be interesting to see how quickly we get someone in. I wouldn’t consider Lampard at this stage in his career and hope we’re not going to be sentimental about this. But we’ll see. The merry go round goes on...
  15. Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1

    Actually thought Sarri checking his first ever winner’s medal is kind of touching. He seems chuffed to bits. Well done that man!