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22 May 2019 20:23:02
So some different rumours in respect of the managergerial saga, ones that make more sense.

Chelsea are not looking to replace Sarri even if they lose the Europa League Final. This season has been a success and he has achieved his target.

However, Sarri will be subject to offers from elsewhere and so if he decides to move on then Chelsea will not stop him. Due to the sight risk being present, Chelsea have shortlisted managers to replace him in that eventuality. That's where Lampard, Tuchel etc all come in.

This would make more sense to me if I am honest. As Ed said, the board won't be influenced by the fans or shall I say the vegetables (as ed mentioned lol) that have booed him this season which the media have used in their argument mainly. I just can't see the board sacking Sarri for delivering a reasonably successful season which of course was an improvement on last year.

1.) 22 May 2019 20:32:01
Totally agree Shak. If he leaves it will be down to him being offered an opportunity elsewhere. I think the seasons been pretty successful. Sarri’s been stubborn but seemed willing to tweak things towards the end of the season. We played very well at the start of the season and I hope with proper recruitment we’d be able to keep that form over a whole season.

Our form dropped off after Morata got injured and Sarri played Hazard as a false 9 instead of trusting Giroud. We never managed to pick up again really after that and I think players partially downed tools a bit. With a new striker this summer hopefully we can get to playing great football again.

2.) 22 May 2019 22:27:34
I’m now getting as bored with the Sarri leaving saga as I have been with the Hazard transfer.

Lets just win the final next week and all go on holiday feeling happy.

3.) 22 May 2019 22:27:47
I want Sarri to stay at Chelsea all day long but if things were to go sideways, I won't want to see Tuchel- named as a replacement if Sarri leaves. I think Chelsea dodged a bullet not employing Tuchel before now. Lampard is just the name that I want to hear. Sarri will win the Europa league and things will be fine.
I did lash him before now but I think he has done a good job so far in little time, he should stay.

4.) 23 May 2019 00:01:18
Yes he deserves to be charge for delivering a pretty successful season. I am of the opinion that we will only get better the more we play his philosophy.

A lot of fans have criticised Sarri and cited luck and the poor form of our rivals as the main reason as to why we finished 3rd. However, a lot of people have forgotten that we would not have been in the position to take 3rd position had Sarri not gone 18 games unbeaten at the start of the season.

However, there is a massive risk that he may walk should Juventus make their interest official.

5.) 23 May 2019 07:56:08
Yea CFCShak, the players will get better playing his philosophy besides, I am tired of unattractive football.

Do you know one funny that I discovered? Ed002 IS MATT LAW (HE JUST HAS TO BE) - their voice is just one and the same (there's no difference) .

6.) 23 May 2019 09:55:12
He can’t be obinna because I’m Matt Law!

7.) 23 May 2019 11:43:49



16 May 2019 22:20:49
CHO to sign a 5 year contract.

1.) 16 May 2019 22:39:31
That would be good news!

2.) 17 May 2019 09:27:38
I hope so. But wouldn't jump the gun.



04 Feb 2019 20:57:28
Whats peoples thoughts on the Courtois situation in the media. He came up with a story of Marina breaking a verbal agreeement which Chelsea have denied and are angry about!

1.) 04 Feb 2019 21:01:43
I think Mr Courtois might have a selective memory complex.

Mind you I wasn’t at the meetings but I would prefer to believe the club.

2.) 04 Feb 2019 21:03:29
He was paid by Chelsea under contract, if his agreement wasn’t honoured that’s not fair but to go on strike and let down fans and talk about a dream move away at every chance is not on and hope the madridista’s turn on him, plus his now talking about hazard moving over there with him, can’t stick the bloke, I do get how these questions are leading for players but don’t keep talking about our club/ players, worry about your front post and keeping those legs closed.

3.) 04 Feb 2019 21:51:41
Strange how footballers are all about contracts, contracts and "my contract says" etc and he accepts a verbal agreement! Probably lashing out because his season has come undone.

4.) 04 Feb 2019 22:02:56
He needs to focus on Real Madrid, his happiness could be short lived if he carrys on performing poorly. His too focused on Chelsea despite leaving.

Best case scenario for us here at Chelsea would be if Kepa continues to perform at a high level. Real Madrid would regret not taking Kepa when they had the chance.

5.) 05 Feb 2019 07:53:47
As a person, Courtois is taller than his sense of loyalty and talks too much. I think he should shut up and concentrate on the keeping clean sheets cos at the moment he's swallowing goals like aspirin.

6.) 05 Feb 2019 13:00:24
From what I read on courtois he didn’t even want to leave athletico. We let probably our best ever keeper in Cech go for courtois to take his place and not reach anywhere near Cech standard. He was so over hyped it’s unbelievable. Yes I agree he is a good goalkeeper but not a great goalkeeper. When the team played well and he only only had to make one or two saves he looked good but when the team had problems that’s when his true ability was there for all to see. I will use David de gea as an example, Utd playing bad yet David de gea is keeping them in games and earning his team upto 20 points a season over the past few years. Courtois doesn’t have the mentality to be a world beater and I’m glad he’s gone.

7.) 05 Feb 2019 14:23:41
U didn't add that he's very slow in reacting with his legs, I am guessing that cos of his height, it takes a very long time for information to go from his Central Nervous System (Brain and Spinal cord) to his effectors (hence poor reaction with his legs) .

8.) 05 Feb 2019 14:35:14
NWBLUE you have hit the nail on the head with the comparison to De Gea. Look no further than what De Gea did against Spurs and Arsenal. Countless saves. When the team played badly so did Courtois.

9.) 05 Feb 2019 18:55:28
four words "he is a clown! "

10.) 05 Feb 2019 22:22:18
Kepa every time.

11.) 05 Feb 2019 23:34:20
Agree Nibby. Kepa all day long for me too. Courtois was a bad bad mistake. He should never have replaced Cech.



23 Jan 2019 18:48:33
Looks like PSG have taken a march on us and are on the verge of signing Parades, a player we wanted but maybe had 2nd thoughts on.

1.) 23 Jan 2019 19:02:34
who cares i never even heard of him at a cost of 40 million. go and spend 80 or 90 and actually buy a top class player and make a statement not some average joe soap from the russian league. golovin or golokvin wat ever his name was apparently was d star of the league an he's strugglin big time at monaco aren't we glad we signed him.

{Ed002's Note - Maybe the issue is your lack of knowledge?}

2.) 23 Jan 2019 19:17:03
maybe either way wel still survive without him.

3.) 23 Jan 2019 20:03:52
he could still sign for us magic mate then you have shot yourself in the foot mate haha keep the faith.

4.) 23 Jan 2019 20:27:26
Survival is one thing, but we should want to flourish! To make top 4 we need strengthening this window beyond Higuain. Fact that PSG want to hijack (perhaps already have hijacked) CFC attempt at deal for Parades suggests to me that he's someone who has been scouted by a number of top teams and might have been just want we needed in terms of improving our midfield and offering competition/ alternative to Jorginho.

5.) 23 Jan 2019 20:29:00
Parades is a good player magic. There is no need to say anything else otherwise. His done well at Roma and Zenit. We have scouted him for a while.

6.) 23 Jan 2019 20:45:23
just saying in general i don't no who he is so not bothered either way im sure if he signs for a big club he must he decent but wel survive with or without him and if its with i hope he's a good player.

7.) 23 Jan 2019 21:30:29
If Barcelona paid £75m for De Jong, I think Chelsea might have to pay top money if the club wants Leandro Parades, there's no way around this one besides there's no arguing that Leandro Parades is a good player (that is if the club wants him and if PSG haven't taken the player? ) .

8.) 23 Jan 2019 21:45:25
I thought PSG had dropped out and now going for Allan of Napoli?

9.) 24 Jan 2019 00:27:46
PSG have financial constraints, given that it’s reported that Allan is valued at around £80m according to some newspapers, it doesn’t seem likely.

10.) 24 Jan 2019 01:53:36
ed donwe have another midfielder in mind if paredes goes PSG?

{Ed002's Note - I am not interested.}



21 Jan 2019 20:31:49
All three domino deals will become official tomorrow! #Higuain #Morata #Piatek.

Im excited with the arrival of Higuain. I really hope we sign Parades too. These two players are loyal servants of Sarri who have played under him at Napoli and Empoli respectively.

Sarri needs more loyalty on the pitch from his players. I suspect we have bad eggs in the team and these transfers will go along way in eradicating the issue. They should be able to promote his tactics and hopefully it rubs off on the others too. Something needs to change for the good of the club though.

Its no coincidence Sarri's predecessors suffered from player power too which led to their downfall.

But with new signings i think we will be fine. I am glad the club are backing sarri and making the requested transfers. I don't think the others in the squad will demotivate big players. I don't agree with Sarri there his obviously frustrated.

Any guess at the bad eggs in the team guys?

1.) 21 Jan 2019 20:59:51
I think Willian and Alonso definitely. Hazard and Luiz maybe. Rüdiger, Azpi, Kanté and Pedro all seem proper professionals in my eyes but could be wrong. Kepa has a very good attitude also he’s like a breath of fresh air compared to Courtois.

2.) 21 Jan 2019 21:07:35
As I’ve said in a previous post, we have now had three managers saying similar things, maybe its best to look at the players who have played under those three managers!

This is only a theory!

3.) 22 Jan 2019 00:14:53
He's been a great player for us, but all three times, this "player power" appears when Hazard gets frustrated. JM values result over his fitness and demands defensive work, Conte plays him false 9, Sarri plays him false 9.

I'm not suggesting, if player power exists here, that it's only him, but it could be a very good place to start.

4.) 22 Jan 2019 07:53:15
I have to agree with the suggestions, Hazard, Willian and Alonso seem to be the ones for me. Courtois was a major player in this all in the past.

I love Hazard for what he does on the pitch but my patience with him is running so thin when he speaks to the press. let's be honest, his been at the club for the past 6-7 years and you would expect professionalism when he opens his mouth but his calling out Madrid each time indirectly. He needs to be patient and stop talking and let nature take its course. If Madrid want him then they will have him for the right price. Its simple.

Personally, Hazard has been great for us and the premier league but if he leaves at the end of the season then that isn't the end of Chelsea. It will be a blow of course. However, the club is bigger than each individual and it will give the platform for other younger players to shine. Plus it would mean the end of another era. The board have tried and continue to do so with him but they have been good in all of this so credit where uts due. If he doesn't want to sign a new contract then we should look to move on quickly though and look for his replacement.

5.) 22 Jan 2019 08:31:16
I’m not sure it is in any way relevant but I think there are four players who have been at Chelsea with the last three managers. Willian, Pedro, Azpilicueta and Hazard.

6.) 22 Jan 2019 10:22:28
I can't imagine Azpi not playing well for any manager. He's too professional and constant.

7.) 22 Jan 2019 12:59:16
Totally agree re player power. It’s important we back the right manager to deal with this. Hopefully Sarri is the man. If not we’re buggared 😅.




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19 Aug 2019 19:43:03
It was always going to be a tough game against Leicester especially after 120 mins vs Liverpool mid week.

We started brilliantly and maybe could have killed the game off very early. However, as the match went on Leicester were the team looking more fit with more energy as expected.

No point in some fans moaning about our deficiencies I. e. no actual goal scoring CF or proper CB. These will be addressed when the ban is spent. Nobody at the club expected the ban to take shape the way it has done so.

At the moment its individual mistakes that's hurting us. Sadly Azpi has committed 3 in 2 games which is poor for his usually high standards. Willian looked rusty but his been out for a while. However, am in no doubt things will get better very quick with more games. 2 games in charge and I'm enjoying Frank's philosophy. Jorginho and Kante look to be working well as a combination, both have been very good. Mount looks very promising. Don't forget how long it took Klopp and Pep to get things right. Fans need to all stick together and not make any disconnect obvious.

For now we are without RLC, CHO, Rudiger and Reece James. These guys will improve our team dramatically when they return.

Have faith!



14 Aug 2019 23:58:29
Fantastic performance and over the 120 mins Chelsea were by far the better side. There are a lot of positives to take from the game. Defensively we were a lot better than last Sunday. General play and link up was brilliant.

I will be lying if I said that I ain't excited by Lampard's style of football. Love watching this Chelsea side dominate games from the word go whether we play home or away and regardless of the opposition. Long may it continue.

1.) 15 Aug 2019 04:29:45
I said it the other day you guys will get better as Pulisic and Giroud gets into the side and Kante gets to start games. No surprises there.



07 Aug 2019 22:32:36
Good luck to David Luiz for whatever path he chooses in his career which is looking Arsenal bound right now.

Nothing but respect for the man, it's a shame his leaving given his experience which would have been good for us this season. I can understand Lampard parting ways with him given that we have Rudiger, Zouma and AC who are arguably younger and they will probably offer more dynamism given Luiz's age. It looks likely that young Tomori will get his chance. l as the 4th choice.

Credit to Luiz for winning 1 Champions League, 2 Eurupa Leagues, Premier League, FA Cup etc and being integral in all of our victories.

Credit to chelsea for recouping money for a player that would have left for free like Cahill had they not convinced him to sign a contract.

1.) 07 Aug 2019 23:20:31
So don’t you think the way he’s leaving is disrespectful? That’s a joke mate. Him being told to train on his own just goes to show how much player power is going on here.

And massive respect to Frank, it’s his way or the highway.

2.) 07 Aug 2019 23:39:01
I will remember so many wonderful performances by Luiz and I will wish him all the best for his future career but I’m not happy about him leaving!

If there’s truth in the story about him being disruptive or expecting to be first choice centre half then it’s just best he goes, whatever the fee.



04 Aug 2019 10:18:00
Yesterday's friendly was an interesting watch. We created several chances but couldn't score a goal from open play when we should have had may be 5 goals. Defensively we didn't look good. I am hoping it was a glitch and one of those days more than any other concern.

My brother is a die hard Aston Villa fan and we seen last year that Tammy's ratio to finish chances isn't the best. At Villa he generally needed 3 golden chances to score one. My concern is that like yesterday will he be afforded 3 chances per game against a good side?

Kante automatically makes us a different team.

Against Utd, for me Kante alongside Jorginho and Barkley in front of the pair. Kovacic to challenge Jorginho for his position and Mount to challenge Barkley.

RLC, CHO and Reece will be massive returns from injury.

1.) 04 Aug 2019 10:54:05
Said this all along. Tammy isn’t clinical. And in premier league you don’t get a lot of chances, he works hard and presses but I don’t really think his all round play is that good, if we had bought him people would be raising there issues but because his youth product nobody wants to mention it, over hyped but the youth fanatics, same as Bamford was Boga mushonda kakuta etc, I think the defensive issues gets better in time, set plays isn’t ideal but I’m sure we will work on and other issues is comes from being bit messy in the press and when caught players not in position. This will get better,

2.) 04 Aug 2019 12:34:03
Guys, I’m not sure that Tammy is going to be the 25-30 goal a season man we desire but he is young and in my opinion he will get better.

He did miss a few good chances yesterday or you could argue the goalkeeper made some unbelievable saves.


3.) 04 Aug 2019 12:43:38
I think we will have to go like Liverpool in the sense that mane and salah are usually further ahead than firminho and firminho sacrifices himself with the hard work ( although is a good goalscorer too ) like last week with Pulisic our wide men will have to be the ones to go beyond and Barkley / mount close to the striker to play off, Tammy at least is a very willing worker and will get himself about.

4.) 04 Aug 2019 16:16:25
The scousers won the Champions League and finished above us in the league last season, so they, understandably, are fancied by some to finish above us again this season. They are wrong, we will be crowned Champions with Liverpool in third.

We are seeing Lamps show in the pre-season flexibility in shape, tactics and team selection. I would prefer it to be slightly more settled but as always, I trust our manager!


5.) 04 Aug 2019 22:55:59
Sterling must score one goal in about every ten clear cut chances.

Abraham is a goal scoring machine in comparison.

6.) 05 Aug 2019 07:37:24
True Matt Martin, Tammy can press a lot and from what I have seen of him in all the preseason games that he's played: it's clear that he's a hard-worker. I like your comment where you said that we can/ should use him as Liverpool uses Firmino. I feel he'll get better though- in terms of taking his chances. I like young strikers a lot but I guess we know that their biggest hurdle most times is their goal to chance conversion rate.

Hahaha TomB; truly you are like a typical Nigerian who feels and boasts that his mother's soup is the sweetest soup in world even when everyone can't stand the soup; I don't see the need of comparing Tammy to Sterling; Sterling doesn't score so many but I think he's unarguably a very very good player. Generally awesome comments from every one, have a great week 👍.

7.) 05 Aug 2019 10:05:52
Sterling’s a winger who scores goals, his not Man City’s striker who’s relied on for goals,

8.) 05 Aug 2019 12:59:16
I don’t understand the comparison between winger and centre forward?

My point is in answer to the criticism of Tammy and his chance conversion rate.

If it’s true Tammy converts one in every three chances, he will score over twenty goals in a season!



02 Aug 2019 13:34:18
Some selection headaches for Lampard in his formation of 4231, especially in defence and midfield.

Midfielders: Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, RLC, Barkley and Mount. Not to forget Drinkwater and Bakayoko.

Defenders: Luiz, Rudiger, Zouma, AC and Tomori.

Competition is good. Hopefully all the players are on top form as it will be good for us. What are your thoughts guys, who would you pick when all are fit and well? Ed1 what are your views in relation to the above?

{Ed001's Note - I doubt Drinkwater would even be in the running if his mother was picking the team. There is also the possibility that a defender goes on loan, which will cut down the options.

Personally I think you have to go with one of Christensen or Luiz, alongside one of Zouma or Rudiger. Tomori looks a long way off the same level from what I saw last season.

In midfield it is Kante, without doubt. Then it would depend on who is alongside him as to the third. If Jorginho is in, then you need another one who can do the running, which would be Bakayoko. The other 4 you can pretty much mix and match alongside Kante to be honest.}

1.) 02 Aug 2019 18:32:39
Think in a double pivot, the best duo is quite clearly Kovacic next to Kante. Both seem tailor made for a 2 man midfield, and it should be a quite balanced partnership.

In front of that it's a toss up between Mount and Barkley until Ruben comes back (probably only next season that he's fully healthy though) . Mount seems the more intelligent player, and keeps play ticking all the time. Makes good runs, has a good eye for a pass and works his socks off while defending.
Barkley however has shown quite a bit of quality so far this preseason. I haven't watched the games live so far, but the assists and goals kinda speak for themselves. He had a blinder against a strong Salzburg team that had already started its season.

2.) 02 Aug 2019 20:35:41
I agree in regards to splitting the centre half’s on their ability to play the ball, with Luiz and Rudiger (once healthy) being first choice. In midfield I also agree that Kante picks himself and while I think Kovacic has looked great so far, I’m not sure how he would pair with Kante as it’s important to have somebody shielding the backline and their mobility would hinder that. It indeed looks likely that Tomori will leave on loan and I think Bakayoko probably won’t be here as moving Drinkwater looks next to impossible. Lots of solid depth at both positions to be certain though.

3.) 02 Aug 2019 21:15:44
Jackson mate, no idea what a double pivot is but it sounds wacky. I’m really interested to see how Frank does. He was a great player and seems a pretty decent bloke, I think he’s been thrown in possibly before he’s ready but I’m genuinely intrigued to see if he can deliver.

It’s shaping up to be a very interesting season.

4.) 02 Aug 2019 22:54:53
I see no reason why, against teams likely to sit back and challenge us to break them down, two of Barkley, RLC or Mount can't play in the same team with Kante sitting behind. Bring Jorginho or, and preferably for me, Kovacic in for more competitive matches.

5.) 02 Aug 2019 23:54:10
I do not believe that bakayoko has a place in this team, though i hope he proves me wrong.

Think our best midfield 3 would be

Jorgihnk next to kante + barkley at the moment.

6.) 03 Aug 2019 07:12:24
The last couple of seasons against the lower teams we have been playing with 5 defenders under conte and 4 defenders with Kanté Kovacic and Jorginho they is no goals in there. Neither of them would change things either I have no doubt that lampard would change if needed agree with J don’t be surprised to see Barkley and mount on the pitch at the same time.

7.) 03 Aug 2019 08:19:29
Kovacic and Jorginho have looked very good as a 2 but Kante will replace one of them when fit. Zouma will start alongside Luiz but I expect Rudiger (when fit) and Christenson to challenge. Barklay and Mount will challenge for the advanced role with Ross maybe edging it. The big call for me is who starts as the lone striker?

8.) 03 Aug 2019 10:13:55
Thanks for the opinions guys, it's been a good read getting everyones views. Surely its healthy competition and one that we hope brings us good results.

9.) 03 Aug 2019 11:30:20
My guess for the Utd game CFCShak.



Kante/ Kovacic



10.) 03 Aug 2019 14:34:14
I have to confess that Bakayoko is disappointing me. I still have high hopes for him, maybe the club should see if Makalele can get him firing.

11.) 03 Aug 2019 16:17:02
AJH, by double pivot I mean the 2 in a 4231.




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07 Aug 2019 18:43:48
Wrong timing ahead of the Man Utd game.

Club ain't that daft to create a story by selling Luiz knowing they are banned and before a big game. Adverse media.

Luiz probably knows he will be phased out slowly and has been told at arsenal he will be integral. If this is the case then what a way to end a terrific career at chelsea.



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01 Jul 2019 18:45:18
Our transfer activities for this summer have been concluded gents. Pulisic and Kovacic. Not bad given that we are banned.



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27 Jun 2019 17:29:26
As always great post LB90. Things are looking optimistic.



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26 Jun 2019 07:53:32
It's good to have a balance between optimism and reality. I hope we do really well this season.

It's not beyond a miracle that we do really well this season given that the Lampard appointment will boost the playing squad and more importantly the fans. If we can get some momentum going then who knows what can happen. We still have a very good squad and who knows we may have a few young gems I. e. mount, ampadu etc who perform fantastically. Also Lampard may have a positive influence on Barkley. 1 thing for sure without Hazard we will see a unit come out to play every weekend and not look for the big man in every game.

However, there is always the thought that Lampard is still a rookie. Petr Cech who will be the link with the playing staff and board is inexperienced and will he be able to put aside friendship . I hope so.

I am more inclined to believe that we will have a great season.



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08 Jun 2019 00:05:50
I won't bother with this game lads, it doesn't seem fun especially when your banned from transfers lol.




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12 Aug 2019 08:18:02
Your right there. Zouma may not suit the playing from the back if that is what Lampard wants (I may be wrong) . Its obvious that AC is better on the ball but his not defensively astute, neither are equivalent to VVD at the moment.

However, with Kante coming back you would expect the defence to get extra cover. The 3rd and 4th goal were similar, however, when they tried it when Kante was on the pitch on 1 instance he literally tracked back from the middle of the pitch and won the ball back in the penalty box. that's the difference and support he provides to our defence.

With our full squad we will be fine guys. I liked what I seen yesterday, albeit the scoreline which was very harsh. If there's 1 game you have to lose 4 nil then may it always be the first game.



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10 Aug 2019 23:27:55
2nd Fuser's selection.



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07 Aug 2019 18:45:19
Secret agent Obinna you have cracked the code mate lol.



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07 Aug 2019 07:55:22
Arsenal have upgraded their attack, however, defensively they are even more measly now. Unless they sort this out in the next two days. I suspect Tierney and another CB will arrive.

Man Utd have upgraded their defence, however, with Lukaku going AWOL they will struggle to find goals. Similar to us in that sense. Eriksen is an auto upgrade for them if it happens.

Man City and Liverpool will be the two top teams again this season. Spurs are pushing hard and I think by the end of the transfer window there will be a cause to be jealous Matt. Let's hope spurs don't pull off Dybala and Coutinho.

We just need to hope our strikers find the net. Hopefully defensively we can be solid for the campaign.



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03 Aug 2019 10:13:55
Thanks for the opinions guys, it's been a good read getting everyones views. Surely its healthy competition and one that we hope brings us good results.