A Frank Discussion

super frank
June 30, 2019

Frank Lampard will be announced as Chelsea’s new manager this week. The decision to hire the 41 year-old is as radical as any made by Roman Abramovich since his purchase of the club in 2003, and has already caused quite some consternation in an already divided fan base in the short-term as to the appropriateness of the move, while also creating an intriguing dynamic for the months and hopefully years…

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Sporting Directors: A Reality Cech

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June 9, 2019

With the imminent arrival of club legend Petr Cech in what we expect to be a Sporting Director role, I felt compelled to write something about it. The good, the bad and, most importantly, to dispel any misconceptions about what the role entails. It is worth noting that clubs big and small have adopted the role across continental Europe, although the concept still seems foreign to most fans, teams and…

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Who Can Make Us Whole Again?

COBHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Steve Holland of Chelsea talks to England manager Gareth Southgate before a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on February 16, 2017 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
March 24, 2019

Let’s clear one thing up nice and early: Gareth Southgate should not be Chelsea manager. Even in the wake of his selection of Callum Hudson-Odoi, any notion that he’s a realistic candidate to lead the Blues at any point in the future shouldn’t be treated seriously, regardless of what social media is saying. What he’s doing with England, however, is something that Chelsea and many other clubs could do well…

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Just Who Is In Charge At Chelsea?

Sarri Marina
February 27, 2019

I’m confused…  It used to all be so simple, clubs would have an owner, a board, a sponsorship deal that slapped a logo of some sorts in the middle of our kits. Add to that a squad of players assembled one way or another, who generally did what the bloke on the side-lines in a tracksuit with his initials on them shouted out. From the then newly established Premier League,…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 0-1 Derby County

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August 24, 2018

It was an evening for learning lessons and finding perspective. When the team news ahead of the Development Squad’s Premier League 2 fixture at home to Derby County came out some 45 minutes before kick-off, social media was abuzz, for not only was Tammy Abraham involved at this level for the first time in more than two years, he was joined in an exciting front three by Callum Hudson-Odoi –…

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Behind the Scenes At The Museum

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August 20, 2014

For most of the Stamford Bridge faithful, the real start of the season will come at the weekend, when Chelsea play Leicester in their first home Premier League game. For 4,000 lucky (and hardy) souls, the trip to Burnley on Monday night was made well worth their while by a sparkling 3-1 win, with the Master of Cesc winning plaudits from pundits and fans alike, and the big beast Costa…

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Branded

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July 18, 2014

One of the biggest issues in football in recent years has been the emergence of the “brand”.  Whether this applies to an individual, as in “Brand Beckham” (arguably the first brand of its kind), or a club, the brand, and potential damage thereto, is often cited at the first hint of trouble. When Luis Suarez was sent off for this third snack on an opponent, he was immediately dubbed “toxic”…

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