26th September 2019 at 11:51 pm #48583
nine nine nineModerator700 pts
Brian, your posts are always a joy to read. My first experiences of watching football was watching grass roots mens football and every possible moment was spent in the park across the road with jumpers for goalposts chasing a red Frido with the highlight of the week being a Sunday morning game with all the big lads on Twickenham Green. Happy Days.😊
75 years of following City at Maine Road and now the Etihad deserves recognition by the Club and someone should let them know.
You should write a book the knowledge and experiences you’ve had should never be lost. Cheers 9’s27th September 2019 at 6:31 am #4858427th September 2019 at 7:02 am #4858727th September 2019 at 9:03 am #48588
Sean, I wouldn’t have changed the manager… The club board should have supported the one they had who finished the season in top four and with silverware regardless of the fan base’s demands.
(in future, as we’re seeing with Newcastle, clubs dont need the fans, that ties in with the romantic view that street football is king that’s popped up on here.We could argue the hind legs off a donkey over that, Brian and others start a thread called jumpers for goal posts…)
After that, I was prepared to swallow pride and have Rafa back as he did actually shape part of the current side with Hazard, Luiz, Dave etc. Wont a Europa too. Lampard was never a first choice for me until he had earned the right to manage Chelsea.
Third was Macelo Bielsa at Leeds. Just think his attention to detail is comparable to top coaches we’ve had.
I would have also taken Blanc for an 18 month period.
I just think managing Chelsea at this point inn time is a poisoned challace and Frank, regardless of what he does, will have his reputation burned if he doesn’t perform, Chelsea fans have form in stabbing Lampard in the back, once when he signed until he proved himself and once after playing for us for more than a decade and signing for New York city’s feeder club Manchester City! 😉
Anyone else looking at Derby this season going wtf…. A drinking culture engrained in the club? it would have been happening under his watch. Troubling headlines for football really.27th September 2019 at 9:41 am #48592
sean the sailorParticipant252 pts
I think the problem some fans had with sari was his stubbornness. My brother in law is a season ticket holder and he said the majority of the fans were unhappy with the way he went about certain things.
He never seemed to change tactics. It was always 4-3-3. He did in the league final to be fair to him. There was just a sense he wasn’t accepted from the off.
He did a good job though. I think you make some valid points but Lampard needs a chance. He needs patience. The crowd were fully behind the team and frank even when 2-0 down and that reflected on the pitch.
If Chelsea finished 10th, he can’t be sacked. They need to stick with him. I think lucky and nine make the points exactly why Chelsea are going in the right direction
You are well entitled to you opinion and you make some interesting points27th September 2019 at 10:08 am #48594
Getting a new manager was not optional for the club but necessary, as Sarri wanted out. Some might say its the chelsea fans that made his mind up for him, they can believe that if they want, but I feel the transfer ban and Juve calling was enough motivation for sarri to want out.
As for a top class replacement, I am not sure how many would have been attracted to the job at this time given the circumstances. The club needed someone who understood the importance of maximising the youth products we have and the moment lamps was in the mix in just seemed right.
I too posted that I would go for Rafa before lamps was appointed. But I dont really think we would have had a chance at top ready made coach outside of that due to the circumstances.27th September 2019 at 10:59 am #48598
nine nine nineModerator700 pts
The next one to step up?
“Big things are expected of Gilmour, who certainly does not lack confidence in his own game, and former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson believes the youngster could become the finest player his country has produced in several years.
The ex-Rangers star told the Daily Record: “There’s something special about Billy Gilmour. Something very different from the rest.
“I am absolutely convinced this kid is going all the way to the top.
“I’m excited for him. I’m excited for his family. But most of all I’m excited for Scottish football because I truly believe we’ll be building our national team around this boy for many, many years to cone. To put it simply, we haven’t produced a player like this in decades.
“That’s not me having a pop at the likes of Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney or Scott McTominay – who have all made it to the highest level of the English game. These guys are outstanding football players and will be Scotland internationals for years to come.
“But, like I say, there’s something special about Billy. Something different.
“Technically, there is no doubt in my mind that he has the ability to go as far in the game as he wants to. But we’ve all seen young boys come through in the past who had the world at their feet but who never quite managed to reach their full potential.
“The thing that makes Billy that little bit different from the rest is his desire, attitude and hunger. I see it all in his eyes and that’s why I am so convinced we are talking about a special player.”
“When I look at this kid I can’t help but think about Andy Murray leaving Dunblane at a similar age to make it as a tennis player in Spain. That’s the sort of single-minded attitude you have to admire and it’s why I really believe Billy has got it all going for him.
“Put it this way, if I was Stevie Clarke I’d be having a good hard think about whether or not to bring him straight into the full Scotland set-up. And, after mulling it over for five minutes, I would probably call him up for the next squad and next month’s double header with Russia and San Marino.”27th September 2019 at 11:10 am #48600
Sean, fans aside, Sarri probably over performed with the squad he had. I saw merits in what he was doing, the way the team was set up… his first year results at Chelsea actually mirrored his first year at his Napoli side. ie unexplainable big losses. He was also blamed for things outside his control. CFC’s dressing room is mental and he was also blamed for not bringing Hudson Odoi through or playing Loftus cheek much when he was injured. Hudson Odoi is a mercenary who doesn’t love the club or fans iMO… Just money.
Sarri has gone… We have Lampard. The club will stick with him until the ban is over, that could be as soon as January, More likely the summer where he will be given funds. Then he is on the famous Chelsea trap door with noose around his neck, where the biggest and best managers in the game have stood and swung.
Lampard, unless competing for the top trophies, knows he’ll be out one his ear regardless of how badly the fans champion him to remain or who he integrates into the side.. Ranieri moulded the side Jose made into winner etc… CFC have been ruthless in operating over the past 20 years, the fans have called for Grant, Ranieri, Jose M x 2, AVB, Sarri, Benitez, Soclari among others all to be sacked. I’ve not said anywhere I want Lampard sacked, I want him to do well… be he wont with the way we are defending and he needs to make changes because he’s already on borrowed time…27th September 2019 at 12:09 pm #4860127th September 2019 at 12:33 pm #48602
Steveo. Remember this? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1341356/Chelsea-four-fined-for-drunken-abuse.html27th September 2019 at 12:36 pm #48603
This was a good article about united….27th September 2019 at 12:37 pm #48604
442 i dint know about the first one, i had no idea the issues in Derby at all until today27th September 2019 at 12:42 pm #48605
Snakey, what a couple of idiots, it’s not as if they couldn’t have afforded a taxi….Pagan27th September 2019 at 12:44 pm #48606
worse than that Pagan, reading the article they were offered free cars from the club but turned them down (likely because they wanted ot stay out and get on it withot the club knowing how late) the rest of the squad used the free cars and left around 8pom like professionals!
and to top it off one of them was part of the drink aware thing for the club!!
looks a nasty crash too
no accounting for fools27th September 2019 at 12:51 pm #48607
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