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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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12 Aug 2018 21:08:26
Good luck to Ola Aina and Bakayoko for their season loans.

I think there respective clubs both have options to buy.


1.) 12 Aug 2018 21:24:48
I just wonder with Milan’s financial state will the buy Bakyoko at end of the season. I did like him but was never going to take the role of kante and wasn’t good enough to play box to box, hope he bosses it it Milan,

2.) 12 Aug 2018 22:14:20
Hope it works out for him in Milan. With an option to buy, i assume we can't then decide to keep him after the one year, if Milan want to buy him .



09 Aug 2018 20:02:58
As I understand it, a standard loan between English clubs can be made until the 31st August.

Also, a club can make a standard loan for a player until the 31st August with an agreement to buy at the next Window.

Maybe if any of the Ed's are still awake they could confirm this?


{Ed002's Note - No.}



03 Aug 2018 19:11:16
Looking forward to Lamps first competitive match as a manager tonight but even more interested in how Mason Mount plays.
This lad is one hell of a talent.


1.) 03 Aug 2018 19:48:40
Absolutely! Hope it all goes well for lamps excited to see mount play too. Lot of memories for me in derby so all the best frankie.

2.) 03 Aug 2018 20:38:14
I grew up in Derby after moving from London as a youngster so I'll be keeping a close eye on them this season! Poor first half so far from Derby and Mount has been quiet but early days! Come on Lamps!

3.) 03 Aug 2018 22:44:11
Much more entertaining second half, Mount on the scoresheet and then a 94th minute winner after coming from 1-0 down! Not bad.

4.) 04 Aug 2018 09:18:22
Lamps and Jodie have taken on a hard job, both teams were poor.
For long periods the game passed Mason Mount by but he got a goal courtesy of their keeper and that’s never a bad thing!



14 Jul 2018 19:25:45
I guess after the comments Hazard has made today we have start coming to terms with his likely departure.
Maybe Sarri or Zola can change his thinking!


1.) 14 Jul 2018 19:55:40
Yup. What a shame, one of my favourite players of all time. Should be looking for a very close to a world record fee if he does go and hopefully we'll replace him adequately or we're in trouble.

2.) 14 Jul 2018 20:00:35
I hope so how do you replace him?
But you couldn’t begrudge him if he wants to go to Madrid
If hazard Willian and Tibo all go that should raise £250 million for some investment add to that maybe Pedro Cesc Drinkwater it could be a very busy summer.

3.) 14 Jul 2018 20:08:27
One of my all time favourites as well. I will be truly gutted if he leaves.
If we sell all the players reported to be leaving, we could raise in excess of £500mil.

4.) 14 Jul 2018 20:20:05
Could be a very new look Chelsea team next season. If Hazard wants to leave I won't begrudge him one bit as it's the next step for him and to be honest I never expected him to stay 6 seasons unless we were competing for CL every year as that's what a player of his ability should be doing. If I'm right in saying this TomB you've been a Chelsea (and football) fan for a long time as well so tells everyone a lot about the impact Eden has had for our great club!

Priority now has to be keeping Kante happy, which I don believe he is, as without him and Hazard we are well and truly in trouble! But I'm not too worried about Kante looking to leave! Willian and TBo can go for all I care as long as we get good replacements.

5.) 14 Jul 2018 20:25:42
Who would you go for if hazard left tom b?

6.) 14 Jul 2018 20:34:50
David Neres from Ajax.
Young and quick. Plays mainly on the right but prefers his left foot. Goes past people for fun and scores goals.

7.) 14 Jul 2018 20:44:55
Never heard of him I’ll have a look at him maybe it’s going to be a bit of a rebuilding project the next few years with a lot of players being linked with the exit only good thing to perhaps come of it is that the youngsters get a chance to stake their claim for a place
Am I right in thinking Sarri developes players well?

8.) 14 Jul 2018 20:52:45
Maybe one the Ed’s can give some info on Neres?
I was looking out for games with Mount in and came across him.

9.) 14 Jul 2018 21:01:31
Got ya thanks for the info mate what about the lad that was on loan at Valencia last year cuedes I think that’s his surname plays for Portugal I remember him getting good reviews playing for Valencia.

10.) 14 Jul 2018 21:15:22
Decided the best idea is to get absolutely smashed and forget about it.

11.) 14 Jul 2018 21:28:41
Hahaha very good idea mate 🍺🍺.



13 Jul 2018 23:45:53
I think I'm correct in saying Liverpool are the biggest spenders so far.
Utd have made signings and it's likely (my opinion) that Bale and Sandro will also be joining Jose.
Man City were so far in front of every other team last year they don't have to do much but they will.
Spurs are going down there usual route of last minute transfer activity (like us in recent windows) and my guess is they will try and squeeze the pups out of Utd for their centre half.
So, Sarri and the club have a lot to do and not much time to do it.
I look at the coming season with hope rather than expectation but my mighty blues may well surprise me!
I forgot about Arsenal but that's not unusual.


1.) 14 Jul 2018 07:40:11
Now Sarri is with us this next week will probably see a list of sales and releases and obviously some arrivals. The question is, can we go into a new season which is now very close with too many new faces?

2.) 14 Jul 2018 09:36:07
The king is dead long live the king.
I’m not happy with the Sarri appointment for the same reasons that so many fellow posters have given but with Zola by his side maybe he won’t do any press conferences!
It would appear that Sarri has a reputation of “attractive” football but I’m sure we will be expecting to much for him to get his methods and style over in such a short space of time.
Sarri also has a reputation of working with what he is given but I’m sure the club will secure at least four players over the next week.
Courtois, Willian, Drinkwater, Zouma, Zappacosta and one or two others will be sold. So, we can expect to raise over £200mil minimum.
I also hope we now have a manager who gives some our young talent a chance.
I think the team leave on Wednesday for a pre-season game in Perth. The season is rushing towards us and we should be prepared for a slow start but I hope I’m wrong!




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09 Aug 2018 19:23:03
I’m sorry to say MVG has another injury.




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08 Aug 2018 16:32:34
Depends on who you believe about the buy option.

I think it would be pretty dumb not to have a buy option but we have on occasions done some stupid deals.




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24 Jul 2018 12:30:24
CTV or the pub at the ground.




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16 Jul 2018 08:59:38
I’m still very much hoping he stays but if he is leaving then let’s get it over with ASAP.
Same with Willian and Courtois. If there going let’s pull the trigger and get on with the rebuild.




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16 Jul 2018 06:26:19
I hope this is just me being cynical but my guess is, this is the club ’saying to the fans, that it tried everything to keep the player but he was determined to leave and we don’t keep unhappy players!





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17 Aug 2018 13:53:03
I’m very confused by the transfer rules this year but I doubt the value of a player has any bearing on the rules.

So my guess is no you can’t sign anyone on a free transfer but we can sign a player who is contractually free.




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17 Aug 2018 11:02:57
Has been a big miss for us Shak.

Let’s hope one of our forwards come good this season although none of them are anything like Diego!




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16 Aug 2018 18:05:27
Very confident and I think 3-0 or 4-0.

Although we are going through yet another learning phases, so are they and player for player we have lots more ability.

They are bang average and I can only see a very easy win!




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11 Aug 2018 20:55:55
Overall I thought Morata was ok.

The Barkley decision will be interesting. I think he might get the nod next weekend, with Kovacic on the bench.

Hazard only on for about 15mins and was different gravy!

If we assume Hazard starts next week, then the boss has to choose between Pedro, Willian or Huson Odoi. So anther difficult choice but a good one to have!




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11 Aug 2018 20:28:13
The reports are that Hudson Odoi picked up an injury in training on Friday.

I thought Alonso had a good game.

For me, the player that struggled the most was Dave!

Sarri now has a clear week to work with the players, so I would hope for further improvement.


{Ed018's Note - thought Dave was ok. Clearly Morata needs to pick it up. It’ll be good to get Hazard back in the starting 11 and Kovacic up to speed. I’d assume he’d take Barkley’s spot}