…Or Is It Villas-Boas?

June 20, 2011

The Chelsea managerial merry-go-round continues to spin, but news this morning suggests it may be slowing down ready to stop. Major sources in Portugal are reporting that FC Porto manager André Villas-Boas is headed to London after Blues owner Roman Abramovich agreed to pay his release clause, believed to be in the region of €15m. The 33 year-old, who has previous experience at Stamford Bridge working as a scout for…


My End Of Season Awards

June 14, 2011

Well, we’ve now long past the end of a season which, although rich in promise at the outset has ended as a damp squib, particularly with Carlo’s departure, which although not unexpected was shocking in its suddenness. I strongly suspect that the most disappointed amongst our fan base will be those under 25, who have grown up seeing Chelsea as an established Premier League force and for whom a season…


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…


Managing Chelsea – Where Angels Fear To Tread…

May 23, 2011

For we fans, the possibility of Carlo Ancelotti’s departure as Chelsea manager has been the equivalent of a steady drip, drip, drip of tepid water down the back of our necks from a tiny crack in the ceiling. Now the ceiling has fallen in on us, we’re up to our ankles in water and plaster and we’re scrambling around looking for the telephone number for a plumber. The question is,…


Vote: Who’s Your Choice As Chelsea Manager?

May 22, 2011

With the news that Ancelotti has been shown the door by Chelsea, speculation is now rife as to who will be his replacement in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat. To act so decisively after the season ended suggests that Roman and the board have a replacement all but lined up, and an announcement should hopefully follow in the not too distant future. Regardless of their targets, who would you like to see take…


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…


A Date With Destiny?

May 8, 2011

Last seasons victory at Old Trafford was the turning point, Chelsea went to Manchester at a similar time of the season and victory was arguably the difference in finishing the season as Champions. Double-winning Champions. This Premier League season, however, has been very bizarre to say the least. Chelsea are currently on course to reach the lowest amount of total points gained since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003 and…


And Now You’re Gunner Believe Us

May 1, 2011

Many said it couldn’t be done, the table now shows that it’s entirely possible. This has been the season of shocks, and none will be more so than if Chelsea take the charge and win the Premier League this season. Out of the blocks like a whippet, and striding into the lead until a November slump became a December disaster, and we were hoping, if not praying we could hold…


Settling In

April 30, 2011

How long was it before you started calling your mother in law by her nickname or mum? How long was it before your work colleagues found out about your personal life? How long before those plants in your garden were settled and flowering? How long before you could confidently use your mobile phone? I’m guessing that none of the answers to the above was within 734 minutes? That’s how long…


The Happiness Index

April 8, 2011

As a Chelsea fan, how happy are you? I ask this now because, after the hugely-awaited Champions League game against Manchester Utd, I’m not happy. The world’s most rubbish pre-match meal, combined with an extortionately priced vodka and lemonade, a log-jam at the turnstiles causing me not only to not get to the loo beforehand but to miss the first five minutes of the match and a hugely disappointing result…