Spring and Roundabouts

March 2, 2014

Spring brings a feeling of renewal; a fresh start.  Supermarkets are advertising product discounts for a “spring clean”.  The crocuses and daffodils are out – Hyde Park was looking stunning, albeit somewhat overcast today.  For those of us of the Christian faith, the great season of Lent is upon us.  And at the risk of being accused of attempting to steal the thunder of my dear friend, Driver on The…


Ten Years of The Roman Empire

June 30, 2013

“We are delighted to agree this deal to acquire what is already one of the top clubs in Europe. We have the resources and ambition to achieve even more given the huge potential of this great club.” (Roman Abramovich, 1st July 2003) “I want to know whether this individual is a fit and proper person to be taking over a club like Chelsea. Until that question is answered, then I’m…


King Without A Crown: Carlo Ancelotti

May 24, 2011

So it’s official: Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked. Roman didn’t even wait until his scheduled post-season meeting, set to take place a week after the last game of the season. Roman decided to sever Carlo’s ties with Chelsea after a frustrating game and season. This is, and has been for quite a while, the expected outcome of the season. I think this is the icing on the cake after a…


Ancelotti Shown The Door

May 22, 2011

We thought it may come but not even the most cynical of us would have seen it happening so soon. Barely hours after the season ended with a 1-0 defeat away to Everton, Chelsea released a statement that read; “Chelsea Football Club can confirm that Carlo Ancelotti parted company with the club today (Sunday, 22 May). The owner and board would like to thank Carlo for his contribution and achievements since…


Ancelotti Favourite For The Chop

May 21, 2011

Chelsea’s start to the season promised so much but fell flat on its back as they ended the campaign without a trophy. Manager Carlo Ancelotti failed to build on last term where he won the double in his first season in charge of the Blues. Chelsea’s mid-season demise has really taken its toll as reports suggest Ancelotti is the football betting favourite to be the next manager for the chop…


A Difference Of Perspective

May 12, 2011

So, here we are at the season’s end, and I have a problem. So I thought I’d put quill to parchment to put a few words out there and see what you, the goodly lords and ladies who follow our fine club, think. My problem is that I appear to have a different perspective on things to the majority of observers I see who comment on these matters. Specifically; on…


The Games That Win You Titles

May 9, 2011

The night after the day before and it’s all still a bit too much to take. Having clawed back from so far behind, to get within touching distance of retaining the title and then lose it in just 45 minutes of football has left many of us feeling deflated. In March we were wondering if we’d even make fourth place, so credit where it’s due to Carlo and the lads….


If Carlo Goes, Who Replaces Him?

April 21, 2011

As it looks as though Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure as Chelsea manager is coming to an end after our exit from the Champions League and failure to win any trophies there are a number of candidates that have already been tipped to take over from the Italian. It was recently reported that the players have asked Roman Abramovic for a “dream management team” of Jose Mourinho manager and Guus Hiddink as…


January Sales And Risking The Kids…

January 7, 2011

January is the worst time to buy players. Clubs and managers are reluctant to break up squads, especially let their prize assets go when they are playing so well. But we are getting desperate now; Spurs and Arsenal are sitting above us and were in the Europa league spot with Sunderland and Bolton breathing down our necks. Wow, who would have thought that 6 games into the season? A new…


Carlo – The Way Forward?

January 6, 2011

We interrupt our normal service of light-hearted travel reminiscence and assorted ramblings for a more serious look at matters at the Bridge. Even Stevie Wonder could see that the defeat against Wolves probably marked a 10-year low point in our history. Certainly there has been no such air of uncertainty about the future since the 2002/2003 season, the last of the Ken Bates regime, when Claudio Ranieri was hamstrung in…