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04 Jun 2018 16:56:43
Good luck Jodie. Hope you come back to the bridge someday.


1.) 04 Jun 2018 18:32:48
Will be great experience for him, huge loss for younger players, wish him nothing but the best him and frank. Plus will happily loan some these boys to derby, be following them this year.

2.) 04 Jun 2018 18:44:04
Hopefully with lamps and JT.



31 May 2018 15:38:12
I think Roman is looking to sell the club.
Our BP and the latest stadium news just adds weight to my theory but it is only a theory.


1.) 31 May 2018 17:08:17
I think so, officially withdraw from UK visa, got Israeli visa, pulled stadium plans as doesn’t want to invest money into uk. Been quiet on Chelsea front too, lack of interest maybe in last year or so,

2.) 31 May 2018 18:27:44
No smoke without fire, something is wrong. It's being one challenge after another as regards the stadium reconstruction. Now i read he isn't happy about the UK visa issues. Please for whatever reason it may be i pray it gets resolved cos I like Roman Abrahimovich as the Chelsea owner.

3.) 31 May 2018 23:43:11
maybe some sheikh might take over and challenge city.



24 May 2018 22:26:31
Having looked at the comments made by Sarri I can't believe our club would consider his appointment.
His comments are outrageous and disgusting.
He may well be a good football coach but I don't want that sort of person as manager of our club.


1.) 25 May 2018 12:33:40
Finally, some sense on Sarri. Thank you TomB. I've been arguing with the plastics and fanboys on social media about his vile comments for a couple of weeks. You could argue that Conte arrived with the match-fixing allegations, but the club must have got assurances from him that he would be cleared on appeal as he was innocent. Sarri is an impending PR disaster and total embarassment in waiting followed by FA bans and suspensions. Bonanza time for the press here.

2.) 25 May 2018 12:50:01
tom b, i agree 100 percent on your point. if we sack conte it has to be allegri for me louis enrique not a hope any he won easy titles as Barcelona coach cause he had messi saurez at his peak an neymar dat doesn't make him a good mAnagerfor me.

3.) 25 May 2018 15:28:53
I agree with you on Sarri, bearing in mind what is happening with a couple of our former youth coaches, I can believe that we would seriously entertain Sarri. When Conte leaves (this looks extremely likely) I'm sure we can make a wiser choice. I would like to see somebody prepared to give opportunities to RLC, Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu etc. If that means a couple of years without a trophy, then so be it. We need a sustainable future, not just chucking money at it year upon year.

4.) 25 May 2018 16:43:09
Spot on Robster.

5.) 25 May 2018 19:42:04
Great shout robster we’ve such a great academy be such a waste to not see them boys given a chance at making it.



21 May 2018 12:09:00
Sometime ago I posted that Conte was 75% likely to stay. This came from the same source who told me Conte would see out this season at Chelsea.
Last week I asked a question about a pre FA cup board meeting and if this was a usual practice. I guess that question was impossible to answer.
This morning I got a call from the usual source and was told if now looks as if Conte's contract will be terminated.
Strange how things change so quickly in football and it makes me realise how difficult a task the Ed's have!


1.) 22 May 2018 21:50:32
TomB, given that your the man with all the info, can you tell us who Chelsea are after in terms of their managerial position. Surely you ain't Ed2 in disguise right lol?

2.) 22 May 2018 22:20:34
I’m certainly not Ed in disguise.
I do know a fairly senior person at the club reasonably well and I have asked him about certain ongoings.
He did tell me that Conte would be seeing out the season and he also recently told me that it was very likely Conte would be our manager next season. Within about two weeks that changed to goodbye Conte.
I did ask him about any preferred candidates and he told me something along the following lines.
“The situation is changing by the hour and he is not sure who the manager will be”
Basically Shak, he hasn’t got a scooby doo.
I want Conte to stay so I’ve had a small bet on him to be our manager next season.
If it’s not Conte, I have a sneaky feeling it’s going to be an old player of ours and the current Fulham manager.
I can’t see it being Sarri for the reasons already given on this site and if it’s Poch I will be gutted.

3.) 22 May 2018 23:49:38
Appreciate your reply TomB, thanks.

I just have a feeling that it MIGHT be Sarri. I say that because apparently he has allegedly rejected the approach from Zenit and Napoli have pretty much agreed a deal with Carlo and so it leave she him free potentially. It just makes me think that he might waiting for something to happen with Chelsea and I know Chelsea have approached him about the job previously! However, my guess could be totally wrong and if it is then it is due to the reasons explained here.

Jokanovic seems a decent shout but I think he would be a risky choice and the club probably won't go ahead. But I do agree, Chelsea board seem to be mulling their brains over this one And with all the names mentioned it is obvious that they haven't made a choice yet.



09 May 2018 23:42:58
Our season wasn't about tonight. It was about, West Ham, Burnley, Bournemouth and Watford
Also, being the better team against Spurs and Man Utd and losing.
It's been a frustrating season but in recent years we have had our share of success.

I respect the views and passion of the majority of people on this site but what it has definitely shown me is how so many knowledgeable fans can see the same game in so many different ways.
I did tell everyone, at Christmas, that Conte would still be our manager at the end of the season.
So, now I'm telling you guys there is a 75% plus chance Conte will be our manager next season. I'm happy!


1.) 10 May 2018 08:05:35
Hi Tom I no you have said conte will 75% be our manager next season but do YOU want him to be our manager next season? I’m split tbh. Leaving hazard and giroud on the bench last night wasn’t the thing that bothered me, it’s the 3 centre backs in a game like that surely conte could realise they would not be needed.

2.) 10 May 2018 16:27:06
Yes Blinky, I want a period of stability and I would like him to stay but my post was NOT made out of sentiment.
I don’t think this seasons disappointments are all down to Conte. Some of the responsibility rests with the club and players.
Also, I’m not sure there is anyone better who would be available!

3.) 10 May 2018 17:19:31
What last night demonstrated: 1. Conte can only set out a team to defend and play on the break - against Liverpool brilliant tactically - against Huddersfield, hopeless, Conte didn't have a clue how to break down the parked bus. Conte has to go - he's just not good enough to take us to the next level which is to match City, Real and Barcelona going forwards. 2. Morata is just not good enough - if any Italian club is really willing to pay us anywhere near £50m for this twonk, we should bite their arm off. 3. Pedro - sell him for whatever we can get or cancel his contract. 4. Zappacosta - see 'Pedro'. 5. Caballero - see 'Pedro' and 'Zappacosta'.

For anyone who seriously wants Conte to stay, please get in touch and I will give them directions to their nearest opticians and / or psychiatrist!

4.) 10 May 2018 17:43:25
I like your comment Miss Darren Wood except the Morata part (he has explained to Chelsea fans what's causing or caused his dip in form from after our away game against Athletico Madrid in the UCL- which is a terrible BACK PROBLEM) .
I have often said that we aren't considering what other top teams are doing (fortifying) AND we need to evolve our philosophy of football to be more attacking (balanced- with a good defense) .

If Conte isn't to blame then who is? I think we should let Conte go and get a more attack minded coach (that believes in a strong defense) like SARRI (OF NAPOLI) and bring in some quality quick attacking midfielders to support.

5.) 10 May 2018 22:25:03
Put me down for spec savers Miss Wood.

6.) 16 May 2018 23:08:41
Cant wait to see sarri at chelsea, bringing koulibaly along with him, and the likes of Mauro Icardi, jean micheal seri, zaha, sterling. and bringing loanee loftus cheek and charly musonda to the team. adding hudson odoi, ampadu and some talented youngstars for place in the europa league, offloading the likes of zappacosta, drinkwater, morata, pedro. and abraham move to newcastle for loan deal, with kenedy.




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22 May 2018 10:35:52
I've been told that Conte is 66/ 1 to be our manager for the first game of the season.
Says it all.


1.) 22 May 2018 11:47:51
Who’s the money on to be the new manager Tom b?

2.) 22 May 2018 12:46:23
With Allegri staying at Juve and Sarri never having had any real intention of leaving Napoli, it looks like Enrique. Oh! God, please no. As much as I've been critical of Conte, I would rather he stayed on than have bloody Luis Enrique as manager. Why, oh why, do we always get it sooooooo wrong!

3.) 22 May 2018 13:37:23
I read that Enrique's boat came and has swiftly sailed. I would hate to see humble in charge. I'm hearing Conte isn't facing the axe today!

4.) 22 May 2018 15:24:32
The same bloke who I trust at Chelsea told me he was staying and about a week later he told me he was having his contract terminated.
It’s like the okie kokie!
Danny when I looked Sari was 5/ 2 fav.

5.) 22 May 2018 16:15:59
Thankyou for the response mate.



15 May 2018 21:50:18
Congratulations to JT (the legend) and Villa going back to Wembley. Good luck in the play off final.


1.) 16 May 2018 09:41:48
Terry Venables wrote an article three weeks ago talking about his time at Chelsea and all the leaders he had around him on the pitch, likewise Wayne Bridge voiced the same opinion on his time at the club and that is a weakness we currently have. Since Terry, Lampard and Drogba to an extent we have been rudderless in games. Cahill is not a leader and as much as I fancied Azi for the role, he has not shown any special aptitude for being a strong leader. Watching Terry last night, slower but still commands the defence as if he had been there for years.

2.) 16 May 2018 13:20:06
Conte got rid of the 2 leaders in the dressing room (Costa and Luiz) because they threatened his 'authority'.

3.) 16 May 2018 19:18:25
MDW: Leaders or troublemakers? I could never see Costa as a leader, driving and organising the team. Luiz I could and it might be what he needed to calm him as on a bad day he can be reckless.

4.) 16 May 2018 21:45:51
As far as I know Luiz is still at our club and Costa wanted out.



05 May 2018 19:23:24
Congratulations to the kids and ladies.
Fantastic seasons!




03 May 2018 12:36:20
Depending on what happens with our manager and looking at posts on this site, the following could and some say, should happen!

Drinkwater/ Bakayoko. Seri/ Van Ginkel
Cesc. RLC
Michy/ Morata Tammy
Alonso. Kennedy
Zappacosta. ?
Pedro. Hudson Odoi
Hazard. Bailey/ Ajax winger
Courtois Allison/ Oblak

£350mil ish in. £200mil ish out

I wouldn't be happy to sell players like Hazard, Courtois, Morata, Alonso or Bakayoko but some of guys might be?

Potentially the club could end up with a healthy return on its investments.


1.) 03 May 2018 16:15:59
Main rule: Go back to 4-3-3 and change.

Sell Courtois - his attitude is toxic I don’t want him here. Oblak if we can as he’s better hopefully a swap although they don’t happen much.

Cahill to leave, Zouma to return. I’d like to see Alderweireld brought in as we lack leaders.

Sell Moses and Zappacosta both not good enough we need to recoup money for them. If we go back to a back four Azpi back to RB. I’d give Sterling his chance in the Europa and league cup that lad is more than ready physically wide it’s just whether he’s good enough.

Only sell Alonso if he wants to leave. He wouldn’t suit a back four but he’d be ok for rotation. Emerson has been impressive.

Fabregas and Drinkwater out. Cesc is quality on his day but his legs have gone. Loan out Baka and give him a chance for his confidence to come back. Loftus-Cheek and Van Ginkel to return. We need a quality box to box CM in hopefully either Milinkovic-Savic or Kovacic.

Sell Pedro, buy Bailey. Sign a left footed right winger to show us how we should play. Like when we had Robben. Hazard, Bailey, Willian and Hudson-Odoi is a fantastic attacking unit.

Morata and Giroud as the strikers unless Morata wants to leave. Maybe give Batman his chance but he doesn’t work hard enough for me.

2.) 03 May 2018 21:11:27
how many will actually be sold and brought in do? u just don't no cesc would be first out the door for me and his massive wages with him.

3.) 03 May 2018 19:45:56
Great - money in the bank but a mid-table team!

4.) 03 May 2018 19:55:28
Frank, I respect your summary and views but your comments about Courtois being toxic baffles me!
The overwhelming reports about Courtois and his supposed desire to leave our club have, in the main, been our press picking up on partial comments made in the Spanish press.
I’m indifferent to him being sold but he is always one of the players to go to the away supporters and when we have put in crap displays he is always one of the players sent out to front up the media.
It is true that his children are based in Madrid and it’s only natural that he would like see them more often.

5.) 03 May 2018 21:27:56
Miss Wood, my post was meant to reflect the views of my fellow posters and the media but if we replace some of the potential sales with in-house solutions the owner might not have to dip into his pocket.

6.) 04 May 2018 17:41:14
Courtois should have never been brought back to Chelsea in the first place. I feel the club sacrificed and paid him so much for him to want to leave after 4 seasons (in his prime) - citing family proximity as his reason.

* Letting OUR GREAT, BETTER AND COMMITTED GOALIE (PETER CECH) go to Arsenal- a rival club - all cos of Courtois.
* Paying Courtois top dollar just to keep him happy.

Now he wants to go when the club isn't in a good moment and you see players like Hazard saying, 'I want Courtois to sign an extension before I can commit too to Chelsea'.

I think Courtois knew what he was doing when he decided to come to Chelsea; I feel maybe he just wanted to make some money and go back to Spain. If Courtois doesn't sign a new deal he isn't a good guy.

7.) 04 May 2018 19:45:25
a bit over the top with the courtois status he's a top keeper cech is about 36 when courtois came back he was 21 or something an cech was 32/ 33 so what do u want the club to do sell some1 for 30 million whos now worth about 70 for a keeper whos worth nothing now due to his age chelsea is a buisness it made sense to keep courtois but he is top keeper an i wouldn't knock the club for making him number 1 an keeping cech. petr cech hasn't stood out or really came back to damage us i don't think the club saw arsenal as a big rival anymore anyway.

8.) 04 May 2018 23:33:15
Magichandshurley, I like where you said, He's now worth 70mil (cos that's the only advantage that Chelsea could get or he might also be worth way less after his gaffe this season) but let's wait till we see how much he's sold for- this summer or 'better' still he goes for free in 16months time- taking Hazard with him.
My G, it annoys me whichever way I look at it. Why give me sugar, only to take it away when its sweetest in my mouth.



01 May 2018 21:46:08
Obviously no one ever saw Gerrard win the league but has anyone ever seen him smile?
Has he got dodgy teeth?


{Ed0333's Note - let’s hope he doesn’t use the same dentist as Klopp and Bobby

1.) 01 May 2018 22:18:39
My old mum used to say “ never trust a man with two first names (John Terry) or a man with to many teeth (Klopp)

{Ed0333's Note - my mum used to say you’ll never amount to anything...and she was right lol

2.) 01 May 2018 22:34:47
Mums are always right.




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04 Jun 2018 16:55:35
Apologies Scott for my stupid and sarcastic response.




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04 Jun 2018 15:24:27
I must have missed something.
Wasn’t Courtois our first choice keeper when we won the league?




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02 Jun 2018 09:41:13
There is a lot of water to run under the management bridge yet.
Trust me!




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01 Jun 2018 10:17:45
No need to be sorry and I do understand your frustration. That’s how fans are supposed to be.
We all want to be players first then we know better than the manager and ever owner has lost the plot.
Can’t wait for the new season!




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31 May 2018 22:47:37
Shak, Ed outlined on the Banter page how messy the subject of Sarri could become.
I don’t want the bloke as our manager but I don’t want his employment to turn into a legal circus, with lawyers being the only winners!





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23 Jun 2018 11:54:51
Just for the record, I think Bakayoko performances improved enormously at the end of the season and I think he should be given next season to prove himself to our fans!




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22 Jun 2018 13:56:42
Bill, I would like to see VG given a chance but I have my doubts it will happen.
I think it it will be a one in one out policy and I would think Zapa, Drinkwater and Luiz/ Zouma are the most likely to be sold.
I don’t think Willian or Pedro will leave.
So, if I’m correct and this is one of many concerns I have about who will be in our squad next, how do we fit in some of our talented youth products and make the fans happy about so called quality signings?
That’s also why I think there appears to be no rush (paying compensation) to appoint a new manager.
The squad isn’t going to go through the dramatic overhaul some fans want.




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18 jun 2018 12:54:54
matt and others.
england will be the next world champions.




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




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14 Jun 2018 22:28:01
Very reasoned points G8.