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22 Jan 2021 15:34:02
Good to see Lampard giving some barbs to the media today, especially that mob at the Athletic.

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22 Jan 2021 15:56:57
I posted something similar earlier, not sure why it didn't get accepted.

Anyway, when Liam Twomey says stuff like this:

“It seems like it’s a broken squad, miserable team and terminal decline"

Then he has no right to be upset when Frank answers his question with authority and force.

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22 Jan 2021 16:08:55
I enjoyed it “J”. My guess is people will say it’s a sign of panic but I think it was way overdue.

Pundits, Journalists and social media in general make statements about people as if they weren’t real people. If that makes sense.

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22 Jan 2021 16:16:03
The latest edition of the Chelsea fanzine c**** has asked the club's board to stick with Frank Lampard, saying: "We at c**** urge the Board to give him the time required to overhaul, rebuild and re-establish the club as one of the top sides in the country. "

That's more like it.

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22 Jan 2021 16:32:06
Blimey Ashk, that lot don’t normally pull any punches.

Very interesting.

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Liverpool v Burnley - A Liverpool Perspective

22 Jan 2021 15:29:26
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Liverpool v Burnley - A Liverpool Perspective

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22 Jan 2021 12:27:37
Maybe frank won't be sacked, we set out to close the gap on liverool, this time last season we were 20 points away played a game more, would we of taken a 15points closure on them lol.

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22 Jan 2021 09:37:29
One thing I'll say in Lampard's defence is that the saddest thing for me if Frank is indeed sacked?

That 42000 will not get to show him their support get behind him and motivate the team. He had barely half a season with supporters before lockdown. Its a once in a lifetime thing to have a club legend in charge so sad.

The above will be a regret but I suppose top 4 is the minimum standard. If we miss out on top 4 or the gap gets bigger then I'm sure we all know the fate regardless.

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22 Jan 2021 10:17:20
Yes Shak, hopefully the fans would have got behind Frank and made a difference to at least some results. I suspect that absence of fans has made a huge difference to LFC at Anfield in recent games, and been a major reason why this has been as all are saying such a 'strange season' in terms of results.

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22 Jan 2021 10:17:33
Never thought of that Shak. I agree, it is a sad consequence of this wretched C.V..

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22 Jan 2021 10:18:37
I'm sure the Shed and Matthew Harding will be singing his name throughout that first game back, to show that his standing and status at the club hasn't been lost, no matter what happens.

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22 Jan 2021 11:37:01
That's right Shak. It makes a huge difference and Lamps has already talked about it.
It would have been great to have fans at the bridge. Hopefully they will be back soon.

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22 Jan 2021 12:15:00
All good points lads. But, never say never. “It’s a funny old game” as someone once said. If Lamps is let go and he goes on to enjoy great success as a coach, he’ll be back you can be sure of that. If he doesn’t and falls into that famous category of great player but couldn’t coach then the gamble will have failed. Timing is everything in life, and maybe becoming Chelsea manager during a 12 month transfer ban and with the club having sold the best player to be followed by 18 months of lockdown football would be pretty testing.

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22 Jan 2021 12:20:15
What if fans were letting there frustration know and boo’d, him and players, wouldn’t it be worse if he was boo’d off after a game.

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22 Jan 2021 12:49:28
I'm not obsessed with this promoting the youth system over the club development football is a competition and the best players always prevail you must'be one of the best to play for Chelsea and not just the coincidence if being enrolled in the academy set upurrespecttive of having the requisite talent it's what we're suffering with Frank now because he's a legend. U can bet you no manager would still be around in Frank"s situation especially after cherry picking players around the Europe bit when RA is still running the club arsenal did it with Wenger' and it backfired and they are still paying for it. tgere are reaasons for transfer in football. tge spube ooyr most lefe daey were signed from Eve. Outside EPL and I you don't fix what is not bad even if the fa tries to put restrictions in the homegrown phone kicuestgey will be in a collusion course with the fufa an eufa because your it will endafer the excitement in the gamme and unfinfe the economic rights of players around the world iitball has no exclusive nationalityis a global trade.

{Ed001's Note - you are wrong, there is no 'collision course' with FIFA nor Uefa. Not even sure where you dreamt that utter nonsense up from. There is not even the slightest bit of reality in it. It is purely wishful thinking on your part.}

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22 Jan 2021 14:02:01
Thanks guys. I'm 100% certain the Shed and Matthew Harding would have been signing his name out aloud. Its a regret for sure. The players would not have been giving the lacklustre performances as there would be added pressure to perform in front of fans.

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22 Jan 2021 15:00:11
Doesn’t say much for our youth policy when Tomori didn’t get a chance in a leaky and slow defence.

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22 Jan 2021 15:18:52
Jimbo, I would have preferred Tomori to stay but we don’t know why this decision has been made.

I guess it might have nothing to do with his ability. Anyway, good luck to him.

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22 Jan 2021 15:37:08
Yes Tom it’s a mystery to me as long as it is for objective football grounds. We have form for letting good players go early in their development. In any event it will be good for him to get game time in a different league and Italy is the place to learn how to defend.

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22 Jan 2021 16:19:52
Let’s hope it doesn’t come back to bite us Jimbo!

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22 Jan 2021 08:28:44
I know there's a few nationalities on here. What are people's feelings on the club developing its own players?

Personally I love to see players coming though, especially after such a long gap since Terry. But I also recognise I habitually see them through blue tinted glasses. It's not a nationality thing, don't care if they're English or any other nationality, I'm just proud to see the club producing its own talent.

For me, if Lampard is replaced, that has to continue to be a big part of the mission statement for his replacement - so long as the talent coming through is good enough.

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22 Jan 2021 08:57:47
Agreed J. Also that would become priority no.1 once fa makes changes on number of home grown and club developed in line with uefa requirements.

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22 Jan 2021 08:59:17
The cub and us fans should be proud of our continued success at youth level.

Like a lot of fans I was pleased that some of our more talented academy players would be given a chance to prove themselves in the first team.

I do not care what part of the world they come from.

I hope whatever happens in the future that our young talent get given chances to prove their worth at our club.

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22 Jan 2021 09:57:07
All great posts guys. Got to be the way forward. Nurturing and promoting youth. I am not totally clear on the English and European YA football set up, but are Chelsea not just about “THE” team to be with? Winning tournaments and cups right left and centre? Even if you can uncover 1 player that can play at CL/ PL level every other year your first team would be the basis of of your academy. In terms of financing the YA, selling on Chelsea trained YA academy players who are just short of PL or CL level for nominal fees of 4 or 5 million to provincial clubs would surely help make it a self financing viability. But there also has to be support and genuine interest form the first team coach for this model to work.

{Ed001's Note - you also need to consider that the rules on homegrown and club developed are going to become more important to the Prem in the future. You will soon be required to have more of them in your team, so you have to look to the academy more anyway. Whether people like it or not, the change is coming.}

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22 Jan 2021 10:00:48
Yes this has probably been the most encouragingb thing to have happened since beginning of last season and to have come out of the transfer ban problem. Few managers before Frank seemed to trust the youth, preferred to rely on already proven experienced players - and of course this brought (rival fans often hypocritically said 'bought') us success -but what I've always hoped for as with many others on here (and am sure Roman has hoped and expected this too! ) was for the fantastic investment and success with our academy program to turn into regularly providing quality players for the first team. This is beginning to happen, though at a time when we have also made up for lost transfer time by bringing in so many new players from outside the club too as part of the rebuilding process. May this process continue, though getting this to work in terms of blenidning all together and winning trophies will surely take some time and fair bit of patience not least from us on here!

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22 Jan 2021 10:18:27
Good point Ed001.

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22 Jan 2021 10:26:11
Ed001
What is the timeframe on the new rules and what are they?
Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - it will be a gradual tightening over the next few years and it will just mean the number of homegrown player and club-developed player spaces in the squad will be increased and the number of foreign players allowed will be reduced.}

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22 Jan 2021 11:41:46
Great post J and I have to say I agree with you completely.

I'm from Iran and I've been a fan since I was a kid and I love seeing our young players given a chance and become a first team player.

I think the new rule should have happened long ago.

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22 Jan 2021 14:05:04
Ed001, not if we create our own breakaway league haha.

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22 Jan 2021 07:57:25
This isn't comparing Lampard with Klopp etc. But Liverpool haven't scored a goal in their last four league games! Haven't scored a goal! I know they've had injuries, but to be in that is just another indication of what a crazy season this is.

Can coaches, players or teams be fairly judged this season?

Or is it simply a case of having to perform in the conditions you find yourself in, and its tough luck that they find themselves in these conditions?

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22 Jan 2021 08:44:35
Everything you have posted around Liverpool is valid. As you say no goals in 4 games, and I think they have more pain to come, shipped 7 remember before the VVD injury, United shipped 6 at home, City 5 at home, Chelsea can’t buy a win since mid December but I think will have a better second half to the season. City now look steady, resolved the love in with John Stones and that has helped them and the player. I remember thinking when Stones was allegedly tagged for sale at £20m that Chelsea should snap the player up. I posted yesterday that at United it ain’t Ole that is doing anything different it is the signing of Fernandez that has taken them from also rans to contenders (help from refs as we’ll mind you) Chelsea FC and the fans need to think very carefully before sacking Frank. Imo if they sack Frank the club are back on the merry go round of “hire a stranger, win, lose, sack” Their is no clear club identity being forged, no Chelsea way. Chelsea have done that and they have enjoyed great success, but there has been a frustrating disconnect along the way. The board took a chance on Frank we all know that. I say as a Chelsea fan that we stick to the original plan of Chelsea people making Chelsea decisions, in this case Lamps and Petr, the club continues to have the YA players seeing a clear route to the first team with the manger of the first team supporting that ethos. That’s healthy, sustainable and admirable. But, and this is important, the club continues to scout and shop at the elite level of football with a sprinkling of the very top signings in world football thrown in. I think it is a brilliant ambitious and modern vision of where the club want to go and how they want to be perceived. Let’s take whatever happens on the chin this year it will get better. If Lamps does his three years and it is mid table mediocrity then at least we will know we supported the plan and Frank 100%.

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22 Jan 2021 08:55:41
Hi J, whe what you say is factual the major difference is they have different approaches during the matches but end up not scoring while we are the same over those matches. Slow, predictable and no real effort to change things.

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22 Jan 2021 09:19:55
There's an argument for changing your approach, there's an argument for sticking to your guns until you (hopefully) come out the other end. In either case it's not working for Liverpool or us at the moment.

One thing I will add is it's always difficult to go back to back with titles. Some fantastic league winners have fallen off the next season, that probably isn't helping Liverpool either.

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22 Jan 2021 09:24:19
I don't see any improvement from Lampard, and I'm very worried by his apparent reluctance to take responsibility whilst solely blaming the players. But, I definitely think we need to see this season out, as some reports have indicated we will, and if needed hit reset in the summer when more. options will be available to us.

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22 Jan 2021 10:03:01
Good posts.

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22 Jan 2021 11:48:09
Awesome post guys. Stephen you are spot on.

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22 Jan 2021 07:39:02
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 22nd January 2021

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22 Jan 2021 07:12:27
Chelsea article in the mail

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