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05 Apr 2018 22:57:27
Conte or The Board. Debate. Conte wins league against the odds, Repairs the damage done by Jose, Turns things around with a back 3, brings passion and some very good football. Gets out classed by Wenger in Cup Final, Moans about everything, falls out with Costa, Hazard, Luiz etal.

The board. (Roman) . takes us from 1 title in our history and the odd cup into multiple league and cup winners and Londons only Champions League winners, fantastic youth set up and about to fund a 1 billion pound stadium, serial winner and Chelsea fan but. for his own reasons. does like a change of manager, has not backed Conte, did not back Jose, chooses a transfer panel over manager control on transfers. Should be an interesting debate.


1.) 06 Apr 2018 12:44:44
Roman no contest not even a debate.

2.) 06 Apr 2018 13:28:06
I’m some what confused. When Conte joined their was a long standing formula/ process for the scouting and signing of players.
So, as much as a like Conte and I DO want him to remain (unlikely) our manager next season, I find it hard to work out why he continues to have such an angry tone as he was very aware of how Chelsea work when it comes to signings.
If he stays, it would obviously require him extending his contract if we want to avoid the sort of annual media frenzy that surrounds Wengers manergerial position at Arsenal.
We are very luck to have RA as our owner. He has brought continued success to our club and we stand on the threshold of a spectacular new stadium, with the stadium being built in our ancestral home.
I will continue to question the clubs Business Plan but my concerns are only about the never ending appointments of so many managers!

3.) 07 Apr 2018 04:26:38
Both to blame, conte hasn’t had players he wanted and from day one has said this is what would happen, if you don’t improve squad then u fall behind the rest unfortunately, on other hand his tactics have been predictable, he hasn’t changed things when we’re losing, was leaving strikers on bench and playing hazard as false 9 when clearly wasn’t working, publically moaned about his employees and set games up not to lose rather than to win and started game with 6-7 defensive minded players.

4.) 07 Apr 2018 13:06:08
Afternoon G8 nice to see you back in business. The Board will will win every time versus the manager. The question we cannot answer is what did Conte ask for when appointed? He is very thorough I am sure and is it a case of the Board reneging on what they said, certainly they spent a great deal of money pre and mid season but as I said, on four players injured or coming back from injuries, so is there someone looking for bargains? Jose did cause a fuss at the end mainly at press conferences where he was getting more bizarre by the week but it was the same problem as Conte’s, transfers, that set him of; they cannot both be wrong as they are excellent managers Re: the falling out with Costa and Co; was it him falling out with them or them trying to dictate to him? Rumours suggest he texted Costa to say he was surplus to requirements but that is the players comment! We all love RA because of the belated success he brought but our Achilles Heel after 14 trophies, as TomB alludes to is, it has cost us 11 managers which is disruptive to the club, costly and unsettles many players who join a club because of the manager. With the new stadium looming and the club playing away from the Bridge all parties need to get a settled team as few, if any clubs that have had to move, win anything. The debate would be a no contest BUT all parties need to think very hard about the next two to three years. For continuity I would like Conte to stay, be given some ‘top-up’ money in addition to what he gets for clearing out those not good enough and more importantly, those that don’t want to be there.

5.) 07 Apr 2018 18:59:33
In my opinion, a brilliant post C1955.

6.) 08 Apr 2018 10:39:48
Thankyou C1955. I think one of the EDS recently mentioned that Chelsea and indeed, a lot of European clubs appoint a head coach to work with the players they are given. Conte would of known that from the start and so will any new manager coming in so I don't see that as the issue. Days of Sir Alex and Wenger long term appointments are now coming to an end as well, I think most managers will last no more than 3 or 4 seasons in the job either because they want a change, likes of Pep etc or players get a bit tired of the same routine, possibly this is happening with Conte? Chelsea will not change the structure of buying players and appointing a head coach to manage them, that is 100% for sure. The BIG question is at what level does Roman want to invest? He is capable of surprising everyone and buying a superstar signing as we have seen in the past following a period of buying dross. I guess only time will tell.

7.) 08 Apr 2018 13:22:51
Funny Conte wasn't moaning last year in January when we were winning
Now it's the players and boards fault this year
And yes we lost Costa and matic but after arsenal game he changed formation to suit this year he has changed nothing and stagnated together with players
What annoys me is he seems to take no responsibility for this year.

8.) 08 Apr 2018 20:58:37
And last season we weren’t in the Champions League!



05 Feb 2018 12:49:42
A question for ED01 if I may. A lot of rumours circulating about Conte losing the dressing room following his treatment of Diego Costa and then David Luiz coupled with his lack of flexibility in training. Do you have any insight into the truth behind the rumours? Thankyou.


{Ed001's Note - there were a few issues with Luiz, where he was banished from the team after he complained about the defensive rotation. However he is not the issue, he is not the type to hold grudges and he does not have the ear of the right people. There has been a longstanding problem at Chelsea with certain players who go behind the manager's back to those above him, complaining about everything, which has done for a few managers now. The problem is that you have one player who has more power than the manager, and that always causes issues as the manager then loses control over the rest. So long as he is happy, everything goes well, but as soon as there is a sticky spell and he is not, you have issues.

This is circle of short term success followed by a need to change manager will continue until players are no longer the most powerful part of the club.}

1.) 05 Feb 2018 13:41:54
Is one of them players hazard?

{Ed001's Note - yes.}

2.) 05 Feb 2018 15:44:44
as evryone on here probably knows im no fan of conte but that is a disgrace that anyone should have to put up with being undermined like that at work
my view no one should be allowed that power at a football club
i have just gone off hazard in 3 seconds flat devastated
i hope we sell him now and he becomes another pawn in a big team like real like bale has become although he probably doesn't warrant it

im no fan of antonios tactics but hazard should take a look at himself
What has he got the cheek to moan about disgusted you know boys football has lost its working class soul
and shak i think your right the board should take a look at themselves leaving a manager out to dry like that is shocking
what gets me is why does know one say anything everything is hush hush even previous managers like jose say something he got you sacked
disgusted if i was there tonight id boo him and i WAS his biggest fan.

3.) 05 Feb 2018 13:48:12
Thanks ED01 for the insight. Makes sense as well and starts to explain quite a lot about what is happening/ has historically happened. Player power.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

4.) 05 Feb 2018 14:29:10
And how do you come to know this Ed please?

5.) 05 Feb 2018 14:48:15
I noticed a situation similar to the one before Mourinho's sacking. I'm very concerned the way our club is managed as some none footballing issues tend to always derail our season. Losing very good coaches to power play. The club must back the coaches and allow them control of their job which is the players.
I will be pissed if we let Conte also go for lack of backing as I feel he would have been a coach to build something for long term. Thought we had seen a Mourinho without his baggage. He's has only ask for he should, quality players but they continue to frustrate. Guardiola is doing well now just because he his desired players and not alternatives as Conte has.

6.) 05 Feb 2018 16:05:45
Ed might be far fetched but would hazard have a say on transfers
I. e if he said no to a certain player would the club think about it.

{Ed001's Note - he doesn't get consulted for that to happen.}

7.) 05 Feb 2018 16:10:44
Thanks for reply ed
What are your opinions on the matter what would you do.

{Ed001's Note - for me I think the key is to back the manager over the players, a bit like when Fergie took over at United. When the players turned on him early on the directors told them he was the manager and sold them, except for Bryan Robson, because Fergie wanted to keep him. They backed the manager totally.

If the club don't feel he is the right manager, then why appoint him in the first place? You certainly don't go listening to players who have their own axe to grind.}

8.) 05 Feb 2018 16:31:36
Thanks ed I agree not a fan of his tactics but what a mess CFC have got into
Be very hard to keep hazard now if they backed a manager but I'm sure he knows that.

{Ed001's Note - the alternative is a new manager every couple of seasons...}

9.) 05 Feb 2018 17:06:34
That's hard to read for any Chelsea fan. How players can be allowed so much power is beyond me. Following on from what has been said before, it's disgraceful that not only are players complaining about management behind the managers back but also taking out frustration on the fans by producing sub par performances. If they aren't happy then leave, the club is far bigger than any player.

10.) 05 Feb 2018 19:56:19
Tbh . the board should really look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves how they have managed to give a player more power than the coach.

Forget Hazard having a say on transfers ed1, is there any chance that they could make Hazard our next player manager. At this rate they might aswel.

{Ed001's Note - I am sure he wouldn't want that, it is much easier to criticise than to actually do it yourself.}

11.) 05 Feb 2018 22:34:33
If this is the case, why not make a statement and drop these players but that aren't playing for the team and manager? Play Ampadu, Hudson-Odio.

12.) 05 Feb 2018 23:53:31
HES most likely only saying what’ we are all thinkiNG.



01 Jan 2018 08:54:54
Any of the EDS able to confirm that Ross Barkley is on the verge of signing for Chelsea? Any knowledge would be very much appreciated. Thankyou and Happy New Year to all on this site.


{Ed025's Note - he wants out of everton G8 and its a toss up between chelsea and spurs, which one he opts for is very much 50/50 mate..

1.) 01 Jan 2018 12:17:14
Does anyone actually want Barkley at Chelsea? I get he's English and we do need more English players, I for one would much rather go for west hams Antonio.

2.) 01 Jan 2018 11:53:39
Thankyou ED025 Much appreciated.

{Ed025's Note - no probs mate..

3.) 01 Jan 2018 13:00:44
At very least he is a threat from outside the box, a player who shoots from distance, plus for the few approx 10-15m is mega cheap even for a squad player. conte got a lot out of a young pogba maybe could help RB kick on too.

4.) 01 Jan 2018 13:06:00
I agree he’s an okay player who’s barley done anything for the best part of year yet thinks he’s better than Everton and good enough for spurs and Chelsea. I’d love to see him fall flat on his face.

5.) 01 Jan 2018 14:20:16
would be a decent option for a three man midfield

Kante Drinkwater Barkley

Bakayoko Kante Barkley

Kante Barkley Fab ( for lesser teams)

or can play off the forward if needed
he's a player if/ when he has confidence and bit of freedom he can run/ cause problems for defences and chip in with the odd goal.

decent buy and nice to see a English player at the club but my issues is we have a similar player In RLC tho.

6.) 01 Jan 2018 15:46:07
Think every Chelsea fan would be relieved to see him sign for Spurs :-P.

7.) 01 Jan 2018 16:33:07
id take him at that cheap price conte could make a player out of him but let's be honest if he wanted to sign for us he would of done in the summer when we bid for him he's off to spuds.

8.) 01 Jan 2018 16:45:46
I absolutely don't think we need him, and as a non-Englishman, I think he's yet another case of English press over-hyping their own players. In my eyes, at least, he isn't a player that would offer anything we couldn't get from RLC, and I'm more than certain that we would be able to find plenty players that can add some goals from midfield that do not cost 15 million pounds, if they were to get the same freedom a player like Barkley would require to do so.

9.) 01 Jan 2018 17:38:03
He’s young and on his day he brilliant give him ago around better players he be good for us my opinion.

10.) 01 Jan 2018 18:10:55
I wouldn’t spurs getting stronger like I say on his day yes fab just wants time.



08 Dec 2017 19:08:49
Great work by the club in giving Charly Musunda a new 5 year deal. Star in the making.


1.) 09 Dec 2017 17:00:52
I agree.



29 Mar 2017 21:59:04
Transfer gossip bollocks will start soon. So I will get in early, Keep Hazard, Diego, Courtois and the rest. Add 3 or 4 and away we go. My previous posts say who I feel we will sign but I have not mentioned Sanchez as ED02 has not mentioned him being linked with us. must admit it would be nice though. ED02 are we dreaming?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Chelsea speaking with Arsenal about him.}




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19 Jun 2018 11:28:33
Increasingly looking like Sarri will be the new manager. Be interesting what ED01 thinks of him as a coach? I see he achieved 90 plus points with Napoli last Season with attacking football and Pep described Napoli as the best team City had faced all Season. If he does join us it will be nice to play attacking, possesion based football. Might encourage Hazard and Willian to stay as well.


{Ed001's Note - as a coach he is one of the best. He will just coach as well, he is happy to work with what he is given, which is great for the Chelsea system. Players love him and he produces brilliant football. What he needs now is to win a league title and he will have a platform to do so with Chelsea.}

1.) 19 Jun 2018 12:01:37
Thanks ED for your input. Exciting times ahead and great that he works with what he is given, as you say, suits the Chelsea system perfectly.

{Ed001's Note - exactly. Looks a good choice football-wise.}

2.) 19 Jun 2018 13:33:06
I expect the hierarchy will be wetting themselves during press interviews. Do u know if he speaks English?

{Ed001's Note - I know he has taken English lessons but I don't know what kind of level he has reached. He might be completely fluent or completely useless, but he did attempt to learn it.}

3.) 19 Jun 2018 18:57:32
Thanks Ed . Should be interesting.

4.) 19 Jun 2018 18:57:32
Thanks Ed . Should be interesting.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

5.) 19 Jun 2018 23:57:51
do you think there will be an overhaul of the squad or much of the same with 1 or 2 added.

6.) 20 Jun 2018 17:28:22
When you look at the quality of the squad Magic we probably only need 2 or 3 to come in to freshen things up plus 1 or 2 loanees coming back and 1 or 2 youth players like Hudson-adoi coming in providing we can keep the top players like Kante, Hazard etc.



13 Jun 2018 21:32:32
So on the Eve of the World Cup my fellow posters who is going to win it? I'm going for Brazil with Willian starring and Neymar top scorer.


1.) 13 Jun 2018 22:07:37
I will be supporting Argentina for Messi. My favourite player and I wish he will be lucky this time.

2.) 13 Jun 2018 23:06:57
France for me. Mbappe and Griezmann to star. Kante to do what he does best.

3.) 14 Jun 2018 00:36:03
my bet will be either croatia or Belgium. this tournamenr will be eon by a team eho neither did it before or did it long time ago (I include England in that too)

4.) 14 Jun 2018 07:53:38
Germany France final with Germany edging it I think. As good as Brazil are going forward I’m never comfortable with their defence and I think they’re definitely beatable. Argentina don’t have the depth to win it even in their starting eleven.
Heart says England, head says Germany.

5.) 14 Jun 2018 10:41:07
im from ireland so im sure youl be surprised to hear me say i hope england do it. harry kane, sterling, deli ali, rashford etc you have a fantastic young group with experience aswell i watch these players week in week out so why wouldn't i want to see them win it.

6.) 14 Jun 2018 19:35:58
It looks like England will face either Germany or Brazil in the 1/ 4's - if we make it that far. From then on anything can happen, but I think Belgium will ultimately lift the trophy.

7.) 14 Jun 2018 23:40:04
England will be crowned World Champions.



01 Jun 2018 21:01:43
Just watched our 2012 Champions League win on TV. What a night. The Memories Roman has given us Chelsea fans. I hope he gets his visa issues sorted but fully understand if he sticks both fingers up to the uk and let's the club run without his investment. Would mean us competing for 4th place and maybe a cup but that is how it goes. 1 billion investment for 19,000 seats and 40 million a year extra income was bordering on absurd anyway. 20 plus years to pay back the loan! I hope he stays and things settle down but if he goes there will be plenty of takers. In the meantime I expect this uncertainty to continue for a long time yet. Put yourself in Romans shoes for a minute. Would you really care that much about the next manager or what players are going to come in when you have to pay off the current manager and pay a release clause to a club for a manager they don't want? And all along in a country that is making things very difficult for you? If I was Roman I would stick more than 2 fingers upto the UK. It might be very painfall and frustrating to a lot of you wanting a new manager and new players, myself included in that, but I think maybe there has been an underlying political situation brewing for a long time now and hence the situation the club are now in. Just my thoughts. In any event always Chelsea for me and as a supporter of many years including a former season ticket holder in the Mathew Harding Upper and proud to of followed Chelsea home and away I always take the rough with the smooth and savour the highs like our recent FA Cup win over Man U. (plus of course Liverpool loosing the Champions league final) and Spurs never winning anything. 😁😁.


1.) 01 Jun 2018 22:25:00
Going Loko and G8, enjoyed your posts.
Two of the best so far this window in my opinion!

2.) 02 Jun 2018 10:29:38
G8: You are like an overgrown kid at times. RA is the saviour of Chelsea there is no doubt and he was welcomed here with open arms yet following the Salisbury incident all so called oligarchs are being asked to justify where their wealth came from. Whatever he has done for us is one thing but he has been, along with many others, under scrutiny worldwide for his apparent, meteoric accumulation of wealth following the fall of the USSR. He's the one that has thrown his toys out the pram, no response to the questions and runs off to get Israeli citizenship. If he does not satisfy the UK authorities THEY will stick two fingers up at him! Be an obsessive Chelsea fan but don't let it get in the way of commonsense.

3.) 02 Jun 2018 11:00:36
C1955 We all know you are just about the most negative person on this site when it comes to the club but to now start slating Roman when you have no idea what is going on behind the scenes beggars belief. Tom B thanks for your kind comments.

4.) 02 Jun 2018 11:15:51
G8: I am well aware of what is going on with RA as far as the Government is concerned and your "if I was Roman I would stick more than 2 fingers up to the UK" was puerile rubbish. He is not bigger than the system. Matt Martin holds the "negative crown" and I support much of what he says.
Keep wearing those blue tinted glasses and focus on the team and nothing else meanwhile I will continue supporting the team I have for longer than you have been born.

5.) 02 Jun 2018 18:14:38
Thanks for comment Tom mate glass full to brim g8.

6.) 02 Jun 2018 18:36:14
Nice to hear that Loko and thanks for the comment Tom B. Always positive about life unlike 1 or 2 on here who enjoy doom and gloom and toxicity.



31 May 2018 12:31:57
Interesting seeing Zidane step down after 3 highly successful years as Manager. With the money and pressure in the modern game I honestly think 3 years is the maximum now for top level Managers before moving on. The Days of Fergie and Wenger have long gone. More clubs and Managers will follow this growing trend. (A bit like Chelsea have done for a number of years now)!




19 May 2018 20:41:40
Serial winners. Even in a poor season we deliver a trophy, that is what footballers play for. I bet Spurs would of given up top 4 for a trophy! I thought Rudiger was fantastic Today and looks a real find. Bakayoko looks very good in a midfield 3 and may well surprise a few of you going forward, he has it all and just needs to settle in the premier league. Giroud works so hard and his relationship with Hazard is promising. Kante was Kante, quite simply world class. Tibo played very well as did Azpi and Cahill. 3 or 4 additions, keep Hazard and Tibo and bring back RLC and a few others and we challenge again. As we always do. Most clubs would take our Season, Youth win the treble, seniors win the FA Cup and ladies dominate their league. Brilliant. Glass half full. Enjoy your Summer and the World Cup fellow fans and be safe.


1.) 19 May 2018 21:35:21
G8 spot on well done on winning the cup even in a poor season, I would definitely give up this top 4 nonsense for a cup every time mate. I grew up watching spurs lifting many of cups but the only ambition now is to finish top 4 which is boring. I'll take my hat off to you lot on the amount of cups you win even when things aren't going to well you even equalled spurs today by winning 8 fa cups.

2.) 19 May 2018 21:39:35
Fair play Raver. Good too see you back on the pages.

3.) 19 May 2018 22:18:06
Good post the raver 👍🏻.

4.) 19 May 2018 22:57:21
Fair play Raver. Enjoy the world cup.

5.) 20 May 2018 00:19:52
Think you a bit early to praise bakayoko. Today his season was highlighted when Matic just pushed him around with his hands and he could barely puah the guy back :D.

don't all jump on praising wagon, as the guy was clearly worst player of the season.

Anyway I really hope he improves massively.

6.) 20 May 2018 08:31:34
G8: Fair post and here's to next season BUT Bakayoko was shocking 'again'. He is clueless and clearly our worst regular player all season. If he comes good I will be pleased because of the investment but I just do not see it. He is not a footballer; tackling is clumsy, passing abysmal and heading non-existent.

7.) 20 May 2018 14:24:19
G8 good positive post another trophy good team performance only player I thought look outclassed was Alonso
But a great win
I think it meant a lot to the boys.




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10 Jun 2018 09:08:54
Totally agree Rowey, Roman is a fantastic owner and has been brilliant for Chelsea. I just hope he doesn't stick 2 fingers up at the UK though over his visa treatment.




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28 May 2018 22:32:20
You are a troll Matt. Go away.




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28 May 2018 15:05:30
Great insight ED01, you know your stuff which is why we value your opinion. Thanks.


{Ed001's Note - thank you mate.}



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04 May 2018 11:04:20
Make it up. eerrm🤔 lol.




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02 May 2018 22:29:22
Was that one of your season ticket (well imaginary) friends Tom? 😁😁😁😉.





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20 Jun 2018 17:28:22
When you look at the quality of the squad Magic we probably only need 2 or 3 to come in to freshen things up plus 1 or 2 loanees coming back and 1 or 2 youth players like Hudson-adoi coming in providing we can keep the top players like Kante, Hazard etc.




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19 Jun 2018 12:01:37
Thanks ED for your input. Exciting times ahead and great that he works with what he is given, as you say, suits the Chelsea system perfectly.


{Ed001's Note - exactly. Looks a good choice football-wise.}



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14 Jun 2018 21:01:40
Shak. Do you know we actually have a Manager? His name is Antonio Conte and not once has the club said he is going to be sacked. It is all speculation and surely you realise that the board, Roman included do have a plan? The fact they choose to remain silent does not mean things are not happening behind the scenes.




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14 Jun 2018 13:23:26
Exactly ED01, the voice of reason. It makes very little difference until pre-season training commences. Also, with Roman having these UK Visa issues he might just stick with Conte and save himself a cool 9 million while he finds a buyer for the club. Hope not but it could be a valid reason why no new manager and more importantly Conte still at the helm!




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02 Jun 2018 18:36:14
Nice to hear that Loko and thanks for the comment Tom B. Always positive about life unlike 1 or 2 on here who enjoy doom and gloom and toxicity.