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Best Managerial Choice?

So I have submitted a poll titled 'Best Choice?' containing a list of the 14 most likely managers to take over our football club as the next permanent manager (as rated by William Hill).

I'd like very much if we could get a high volume of participation in the poll as it would be nice to see who the fans choice really is.

I'll give a rundown of each possibility, and if there is someone who has been missed out by both me and William Hill, do put it into the comments section so all us fans can give it due consideration. [All odds are those presented on William Hill at the time of writing and the run downs of previous experience come from good old Wikipedia]

I'm undecided as to whether this should be a limitless project, so I'll simply say be slightly realistic: think of it as we can coax any of them to the club, but some would have higher costs than others (e.g. Mourinho would cost far more to bring in than Paul Lambert).

Roberto Di Matteo - 4/6

Played for Schaffhausen, Zurich, Aarau, Lazio, Chelsea.
Managed Milton Keynes Dons, West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea.
Age: 41.
Nationality: Swiss/Italian.
Current Club: None.

Pep Guardiola - 2/1

Played for Barcelona B, Barcelona, Brescia, Roma, Brescia, Al-Ahli, Dorados.
Managed Barcelona B, Barcelona.
Age: 41.
Nationality: Spanish.
Current Club: Barcelona (ending Friday 25 May).

Fabio Capello - 11/4

Played for SPAL, Roma, Juventus, Milan.
Managed AC Milan (x3), Real Madrid (x2), Roma, Juventus, England (National Team).
Age: 65
Nationality: Italian.
Current Club: None.

Harry Redknapp - 11/1

Played for West Ham, Bournemouth, Brentford, Seattle Sounders, Bournemouth.
Managed Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth (x2), Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur.
Age: 65.
Nationality: English.
Current Club: Tottenham Hotspur.

Laurent Blanc - 12/1 -

Played for Montpellier, Napoli, Nmes, Saint Etienne, Auxerre, Barcelona, Marseille, Internazionale, Manchester United.
Managed Bordeaux, France (National Team).
Age: 46.
Nationality: French.
Current Club: France (National Team).

Rafael Benitez - 16/1

Played for Castilla CF, Guardamar, Parla, Linares.
Managed Real Madrid B, Real Vallidolid, Osasuna, Extremadura, Tenerife, Valencia, Liverpool, Internazionale.
Age: 52.
Nationality: Spanish.
Current Club: None.

Joachim Lw - 20/1

Played for SC Freiburg, VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt, SC Freiburg, Karlsruher SC, SC Freiburg, FC Schafhaussen, FC Winterthur, FC Frauenfeld.
Managed FC Winterthur (youth), FC Frauenfeld, VfB Stuttgart (assistant), VfB Stuttgart, Fenerbahe, Karlsruher SC, Adanaspor, FC Tirol Innsbruck, FK Austria Wien, Germany (assistant), Germany (National Team).
Age: 52.
Nationality: German.
Current Club: Germany (National Team).

Brendan Rogers - 20/1

Played for Ballymena United, Reading.
Managed Chelsea (youth), Chelsea (reserves), Watford, Reading, Swansea City.
Age: 39.
Nationality: Northern Irish.
Current Club: Swansea City.

Jose Mourinho - 25/1

Played for Rio Ave, Belenenses, Sesimbra, Comrcio e Indstria.
Managed Benfica, Unio de Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale, Real Madrid.
Age: 49.
Nationality: Portugese.
Current Club: Real Madrid.

David Moyes - 25/1

Played for Celtic, Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town, Dunfermline Athletic, Hamilton Academical, Preston North End.
Managed Preston North End, Everton.
Age: 49.
Nationality: Scottish.
Current Club: Everton.

Guus Hiddink - 25/1

Played for De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven, De Graafschap, NEC Nijmegen, Washington Diplomats, San Jose Earthquakes, De Graafschap.
Managed De Graafschap (assistant manager), PSV Eindhoven (assistant manager), PSV Eindhoven (x2), Fenerbahe, Valencia, Netherlands, Real Madrid, Real Betis, South Korea, Australia, Russia, Chelsea (caretaker), Turkey, Anzhi Makhachkala.
Age: 65. Nationality: Dutch.
Current Club: Anzhi Makhachkala.

Bert van Marwijk - 33/1

Played for Go Ahead Eagles, AZ Alkmaar, MVV Maastricht, Fortuna Sittard, FC Assent.
Managed MVV Maastricht (youth), SV Meerssen (youth), FC Herderen, RKVCL Limmel, SV Meerssen, Fortuna Sittard, Feyenoord (x2), Borussia Dortmund, Netherlands
Age: 60.
Nationality: Dutch.
Current Club: Holland (National Team).

Frank Rijkaard - 33/1

Played for Ajax, Sporting CP, Zaragoza, Milan, Ajax.
Managed Netherlands, Sparta Rotterdam, Barcelona, Galatasaray, Saudi Arabia.
Age: 49.
Nationality: Dutch.
Current Club: Saudi Arabia (National Team).

Paul Lambert - 33/1

Played for St. Mirren, Motherwell, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic, Livingston.
Managed Livingston, Wycombe Wanderers, Colchester United, Norwich City.
Age: 42.
Nationality: Scottish.
Current Club: Norwich City.



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Date:Saturday May 26 2012

Time: 11:32AM

Your Comments

Lowe is impressive, but it just has to be RDM...right?
ucmyway
I want RDM. Di Matteo can be Chelsea's very own Guadiorla.
tahir630
Pep Guardiola with Lauren Blanc as a close 2nd in case Peps the one that got away.
traykidd
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Blue India
BECOZ HE HAS BEEN GREAT WITH CHELSEA.........AND NOT WITH OTHER CLUBS. THAT FOR ME IS ENOUGH TESTIMONY FOR FILLING THE POST
Blue India
RDM and rogers...Either can do a pep
Desmondadonis
I ve to commend u for coming up with such a detailed acticle. very much informative at a glance. however i would narrow chelsea's top man job next season to two men: RDM & pep. my own choice would be RDM no doubt. d guy more than deserves his chance(i see him as one of our own, a true blue) but d only reason he hasnt been appointed yet is pep. roman has always wanted pep, infact i would insinuate that he settled for AVB last summer cos pep wasnt available. roman has been a great owner, a great fan too. i think no chelsea fan can doubt that. if he feels pep is d man, then pep it should be. atleast he would still be around to rescue d situation if it doesnt turn out well.
Chelz Akamz
Of the names mentioned my preferred option would be Lw, with RDM as second choice. I wouldn't like Guardiola to be our manager.
blu4life
RDM and then moyes. one as unlikely as the other
ktm_blues
http://touch.dailymotion.com/video/xqyyb9 this is the link of the official uefa video for the final in Munich . Enjoy
JPBlues
i haven't got a clue who this board will appoint, I gave up trying to second judge them years ago!
merlin
i'm pretty sure it's gonna be pep.
trueblue44
Why is jose even on the list, he just signed a contract ffs.
LeyemovicH
I would prefer Vincente Del Bosque.Otherwise,RDM can continue.
cfc250
DI MATTEOOOOO DI MATTEOOOOOOOOO ROBERTO DI MATTEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WE WANT YOU TO STAY.
TafChels
Roberto DI matteo is the BEST CHOICE!! Only reason why we have been playing "boring" football is because we doesnt have many creative attacking players like the entertaining teams have! SO get those players and Matteo will worg magic! He did an AMAZING job with the squad and he is a brilliant tactician!! HE MUST STAY!!
Rune3k
I always believed the best man for this job would be a club man. Just look at Andre Villas-Boas at Porto, Pep at Barca. I really don't know why we haven't made any significant move already to drop the word 'interim' from the front of his name, neither do I know what there's so much to think about. The more we delay the more we stand to lose as top transfer targets keep on snubbing us, Hazard being the first name on the list. And I'm sure if he does snub Chelsea, as that is what's looking likely now, it'll be because he could not talk to the manager, to find out exactly what sort of role he'd be used in etc.
Carefree_1990
lol Merlin yeah me too, the board can surprise us from no where and sign someone that we never think we will ever sign, RDM is the best choice to be fair at the moment
chelsea44
But even he is given the chance his authority's gotta be respected as well. Which means you just can't sack Eddie Newton in midseason without the manager's knowledge or permission. He can't be set up to take the fall, he must be given a fair chance to prove his worth. With Pep's shadow looming over his shoulders, this is what I fear most for RDM.
Carefree_1990
Really interesting results so far! RDM is leading by a long, long way which is odd as in a recent poll of should RDM get the job 78% or something like that said that he shouldn't!
GhostWriter
roman dont give a *** what fan saying..remember king kenny? he is fan favorite during his temporary management at liverpool..now look how he ended up..queen kenny lol..
yat
blame it on spurs fan :P , they always vote
haji ahmed
Look like RDM has got the job finally. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1079224/roman-abramovich-ready-to-keep-roberto-di-matteo-as-chelsea-boss?cc=4716
I am Number 7
Redknapp and Chelsea should not be in the same sentence. We are looking for winners and not bottlers as coaches.
KAKUfrank
RDM, RDM, RDM, RDM, RDM.
papsy
Why should someone even want Pep Guardiola he will surley be a Avb2.
Lakupiippu
HULKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
KAKUfrank
I voted for Pep, if that makes sense. If he doesn't cut it--we can always have a good laugh. Having said that, I'm not against making RDM permanent either.
broody
Hulk has got a brace guys.
cfc250
I am New on VC and this is my 1st post . But am always here to look through all the comments and i must say that @Mq is one hell of a dude . Now looking at the manager issue i for once prefer RDM for the Job. @ least for a Year. Then if he performs on the job he should be signed on a long-term contract. Am also a Fan of Pep . But am so torn up btw RDM and Pep and i won't like to be in the shoes of Abrahimovic and Goulary at this moment
Tegzluiz
The second half starts right now.
cfc250
Meanwhile Hulk is Eating Up Denmark as i write to you. Oo dear Chelsea complete this deal
Tegzluiz
We'd better get hulk wrapped up pretty soon, otherwise others will come to the table too. Brilliant game he's has today, world class, hazard who.
Blue1989
Here's another interesting thought ..gents. Would you rather liverpool scoops Pep before us?
broody
No Ramires.
cfc250
I'm watching Hulk vs Denmark and he's having an excellent game. Another player that has impressed me a lot has been Oscar from Internacional, this is the second time I've seen him play and he's a very good player.
Drog of War
Welcome to Vital Chelsea Tegzluiz, KTBFFVH
The Psychic Blue l9l
@broody, do you really think a manager who has won 14 trophies will move to Liverpool? Liverpool are closer to Martinez than they are closer to calling Pep on the phone.
KAKUfrank
I'm not even noticing Moura...
ucmyway
@cfc250, Ramires was not called up by the stupid Mano. His excuse was Ramires has been playing the RW for us which is occupied by Hulk, Robinho and Elano.....
KAKUfrank
I've seen stranger things happening. KAKUfrank. Liverpool does have this 'spanish' vibe about them. Besides--it's just a hypothetical question.
broody
Hulk is destroying Denmark on his own. Sign him ffs!
FrLamp
Nice article mate. I would say however that your list is unduly long..there are some names mentioned on this list that are simply not on the table because they have current jobs and contracts..simpyl put they are not available no matter how much some people may want them and no matter how much money even Roman would like to spray. With that in mind the list could have the following removed right away; Jose (he just signed a contract extension with Real), Joachim loew (He has a contract with the mannscaft that extends to just beyond the 2014 world cup..there is no way Roman will get past the german federation to free the man and Loew is on record as saying he is not interested. Capello (he seemed to be a possible option earlier but a few days ago publicly declared he wasnt coming. He does not strike me as the sort of man who says one thing to do another..i get the impression he did have an interest but the terms he was given were uncceptable to him). Brendan Rodgers..has renewed his contract with the swans and has publicly declared his lack of interest in the Chelsea or Liverpool jobs. in fact his response to the question of the Chelsea Job included an insult to the Chelsea board so you can be certain he isnt coming here any time soon. With all these your list can be cut down to RDM, Pep, Redknapp, blanc, Benitez, Moyes, Van Marwik, and Rijkaard. bTW my vote on your poll was for RDM without a doubt.
GabeU
Moura is playing in an unfamiliar role on the left in the first half. He has switched with Hulk in the second half...But I don't agree with his 30mm valuation by Sao Paulo. My suggestion is for us to leave that market. Their agents are hawks looking got extract Chelsea or use us to get better negotiations. The only decent price looking to come out is the sale of Ganso to Porto for 20mm or to broke AC Milan who don't have money. Ganso is beginning to have knee problems already....
KAKUfrank
I think adding the extra 10m to get hulk should be done. Give up on hazard, get the incredible one. In times like these I would pay the 40m and get him.
Blue1989
Denmark score.3-1.
cfc250
If the tabloids are to be believed Liverpool have offered the manager job to Roberto Martinez and the DOF position to Louis Van Gaal. These are pretty good choices for them. Most importantly i am really worried that Liverpool who found out about their need for new management much later than we did are so much farther in the process of getting their house in order than we we are. This power vaccum we have right now cannot be attractive to any potential new signings we are chasing especially higher profile targets like Hazard and Kagawa for which there is significant competition from clubs like ManU who actually have a well set up management structure already in place.
GabeU
But KAKU?Ramires is better than Elano and Robinho.He was one of the best players in the CL.And Hulk and Ramires could be rotated.
cfc250
Spot on gabeu: we are so slow in these situations. if a new manager comes in and says he wants to assess the squad then I'm going to flip. There is no assessment needed its clearly obvious who needs to go. Do Porto want 40m or pounds. If euros then it's 32m pound. About the same price as hazard. Come on Chelsea just bloody leave pep alone, we're going to waste the whole summer trying to get him for him to say no, in which time hazard has gone, hulk has gone, everyone else's has gone and then we sign another Liverpool reject.
Blue1989
OK, Moura (playing in a weird position) did get a few touches in the second half...and he's not as selfish as I thought. In fact, he was a bit of a playmaker - moving the ball on quickly...
ucmyway
@the phschic .. Yeah Thanks . Bendtner has just scored his Normal Tap in Goals
Tegzluiz
Brazil won 3-1.Hulk got a standing ovation after he was subbed.
cfc250
@GabeU Van Gaal has said he is interested in day to day management position and not the DOF position. Roberto Martinez will likely get the job, but his success is not guaranteed there. Look at Roy Hodgson who could produce wonders with the Fulham's and co, but failed with Pool. Recruiting Van Gaal is not enough. To get back to where they were before will take time and money and money they have wasted. Apparently the new manager will have only 40mm in transfer money for the squad. Their flops will also be hard to sell since they are on high salaries and co.....Van Gaal is going to clash with Martinez or someone sooner or later, but definitely before his job is even half way done......
KAKUfrank
@Blue1989, Hulk and Hazard do not play the same position. As this game has illustrated, Hulk is much better on the right than on the left or the center while Eden Hazard is much more effective on the left.
KAKUfrank
Moura is not worth 40m as i was telling @mq...He is not what we need.....Its obvious hulk and hazard would add value to our team....
Desmondadonis
Now lets hope we stop pursuing moura and concentrate on the two....By the way i am watching excerpts 4rm our cl final...Drogba's goal...Sheer brilliance
Desmondadonis
No Torres and Mata in the Spanish side today.:-(.
cfc250
I don't want Hazard also @Desmond.He's being treated as the next Pele.Hulk-No comments.
cfc250
Schurrle starts for Germany - aren't we interested in this guy anymore actually? Ivanovic starts for Serbia as well.
FrLamp
cfc250 - Torres not starting todayis normal. Villa is injured, Del Bosque is trying new combinations for the Euro. Looking forward to see how the pairing of Negredo and Soldado will fare.
FrLamp
hulk would be a good signing for us. we need someone of his style very much.i think i would take him over hazard this summer. but would like them booth if greedy haha.
dtr1977
@FrLamp.Barca players are not available along with Torres and Mata.Ivanovic is the Serbian skipper tonight.And Andre Schurrle is playing on the right wing.We were rumoured to pay 14-15 million for this guy.Lets see how he features.
cfc250
wow hulk really played good today :)
kam.kh
RDM deserves a chance,but uniting an existing team is easier than rebuilding one and i do have my doubts about him being able to do that.
bluenath86
@GabeU, yeah, I know in my mind around 10 of them at least have next to no chance, but I basically decided just to go for the first 14 who are most likely rather than remove some because its a tricky business and one minute they'll sign a new contract and the next they'll be on a plane over to England!
GhostWriter
Switzerland 1-0 Germany.
cfc250
The Swiss score again.2-0.
cfc250
Kaku: what I meant was I'd rather hulk at his moment than hazard for that money.
Blue1989
Rdm is one of the most efficient coach in the history of managers....2 big trophies in 3 months.....Lordy....He doesnt deserve to be slated....We need both players...We are playing over 60 games next season
Desmondadonis
Schurrle has been decent with the ball and is keeping possession.However,he has not been much involved.
cfc250
Hulk,torres,hazard frontline with mata,mikel and ramires pulling the strings in the middle is mouth watering....A bench of marin,romeu,kdb,studge
Desmondadonis
barnetta has been good and senderos is still *****e
SALZBURRY
Germany pull one back.Hummels scores from an Ozil-free kick.
cfc250
It has to be Robbie. And a genuine go at it not just giving in to us the fans and then sacking him at the first opportunity after they twist Pep's arm and fill his pocket with the money we got for winning the UCL. Let Robbie pick the players to buy, the players to release, the boys to loan out and most importantly, the ones who go out on the pitch.
gherber3
@Desmond, Hate the idea of 433 i'm afraid.
ucmyway
Why arent we saying anything about a RB? I know we'l get the RW position covered and replacements for each position
Desmondadonis
Ncmyway,i didnt say we should adopt a predictable pattern....Check my post again my friend
Desmondadonis
@Desmond.RB?Well it depends on the new manager.Depends if he has faith in Ivanovic.I would play Ivanovic in the big games and the new RB gainst the mid-table teams.
cfc250
Switzerland 3-1 Germany.
cfc250
I said it before that Hulk will be more than good for us and some of you lot were mocking me, now you see for yourself and you are praising him.....btw, this is not the first time he has performed brilliantly for Brazil, i watched a friendly where Neymar,Robinho and Ronaldinho played almost 60mins but could not do anything about the opposition's defence...Hulk was introduced and he gave the defence the battering of their life, he single-handedly destroyed them and did much more than Neymar,Robinho and Ronaldinho combined in just about 25mins
SameX
Has to be Pep or RDM. I can't see the point in going for anyone else. Pep seems to be showing Roman a bit of leg, I'm not sure if this is all just choreography and he actually accepted the job weeks ago, but it seems odd that he's now hinting that he only needs a short break. I'm still not sure the Barca style will work at Chelsea unless Roman is prepared to spend untold millions but as long as we remain in the top 4 it's worth a try. Don't want Harry under any circumstances, he'd try and persuade us that he'd "down great" because we'd finished "top half."
CobhamBlue
cfc250- Does it really make sense to simply swap out RBs based on the opposing teams position in the PL table? I seriously doubt it.
rslack
Andre Schurrle scores due to a goalkeeping error.3-2.
cfc250
rslack.I will explain my reasoning behind it after this Germany game is over.Spain 1-0 Serbia.
cfc250
Switzerland 4-2 Germany.
cfc250
@Samex,cfc250....What's this if its not wishful thinking? Thats our 25 man team if the rules would permit us to have them
Desmondadonis
The only player out of sorts there is kagawa....We can change him with either davila or kakuta.....
Desmondadonis
4-3 Switzerland.What a hell of a game we are having!
cfc250
Spain get a penalty.Their attacker slipped in the box and Ivanovic was running behind him.Very poor refeering.2-0 Spain.
cfc250
5-3 Swiss.What a match!
cfc250
Is slobodan rajkovic with the serbia team cfc250? Who scored for both teams?
Desmondadonis
When is england playing belgium?
Desmondadonis
Rajkovic on the bench.Adrian and Santi Cazorla scored for Spain.Ivanovic was leading Serbia tonight.
cfc250
Desmond.England play Belgium on June 2nd.
cfc250
@rslack.Coming back to your question,the RB issue needs to be solved.We have been having problems in that area for a long time now.When we play the mid-table teams,we will have more possession and we will play more with the ball.Threfore,in going forward,we will probably need a RB who has pace,who can cross and is very very dangerous.As for the big games,we will play more off the ball.We will have to defend more(in the CL particularly).Ivanovic should be used at RB there.If the manager still wants us to play our new RB in the big games,then I think Ivanovic should play elsewhere because Ivanovic is one of the most important players against a top side like Didier Drogba.I don't know how much you will agree but his body language and fighting spirit are badly required when we play tough oppositions.The way he fights in the big games is just amazing.Hence,I would prefer him at RB.
cfc250
Thanks cfc250.....I really rate that lad rajkovic....Hope he gets to play...So he can get the elusive work permit....Nice top two stories on the chelsea main website
Desmondadonis
get Hulk! this guy is amazing, this is the third game i'm watching him play, get him, rather than that ***** talking machine Hazard
chelsea44
Valid points cfc250...But what is to say the new RB wont be better than iva? Or have more fighting spirit than iva and JT combined? Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best
Desmondadonis
Yes Desmond.Rajkovic is a great player.@Chelsea44-Even I do not want Hazard.Desmond will disagree with me but Hazard is already acting too big.Moreover we all know how much he would cost.
cfc250
Hulk with jersey no.11?
Desmondadonis
As for Hulk,I neither agree nor disagree.I will have to watch him a bit more.I saw him when we played FC Porto in the 2009-10 group stages.He was fantastic.But I don't see that match-winning body language in him.Maybe my judgement is wrong and I will watch him more this summer.But I am strictly against Eden Hazard signing for Chelsea.
cfc250
so no Chelsea player in england set up today apparently, due to the CL, but England set up with all those fail flop Liverpool player..lol
chelsea44
Some of the pundits are also saying that Torres may have a torrid time if Hulk signs for Chelsea,although I disagree with them.
cfc250
Cfc250....Lets wait till june2....Hazard will only cost chelsea in wages.....They have almost the same price tag....My head keeps telling me we cant get both players....We'l get only one but i am torn between who to chose between the two lads
Desmondadonis
i agree cfc250, Hazard is a great talent, no denying it, but it seems to me he is Pastore all over again, choosing the best wages, etc, i personally think he will end up in Manu though, we just need to get Hulk, another winger for left, playmaker, right back and one utility midfielder ( like Meirelles) and we're sorted
chelsea44
Hazard...Cfc250...Maybe this will change ur mind on hazard.... http://www.footyplace.com/features/which-prem-club-should-hazard-join/
Desmondadonis
Desmond.You may disagree but I have not seen better fighters than Drogba and Ivanovic.JT is also there.But Drogba and Ivanovic are special when it comes to the big games.If we can get a RB with more fighting spirit than Iva,it will make the squad stronger than ever.And Mourinho is going after Iva and Ramires.It has been reported that Mourinho has contacted Ivanovic.I want Ivanovic to stay very badly.Many people will not realise how important and worthy he is.
cfc250
why would Torres have a torrid time? sometimes the pundits are amazing with their talk, he plays in right ( not SELFISH) and Torres runs the channel in middle, i think it would be awesome personally
chelsea44
Hazard...Cfc250...Maybe this will change ur mind on hazard.... http://www.footyplace.com/features/which-prem-club-should-hazard-join/
Desmondadonis
Demond.I don't doubt his talent at all.Its the attitude I am questioning.He is acting bigger than the club before even joining.And I have a funny feeling that he may have bust-ups with JT and Lamps given his ego.Moreover,I don't know why he is being treated as the next Pele.Anyways,if he plays for us,I will surely support him.
cfc250
Cfc250.....I love iva....I am just trying to tell u that he mite not stroll into the XI if we get a hungry RB...He won me over against pool in the ucl
Desmondadonis
And this Marin guy will shine at Chelsea.I am sure of it.Chelsea44,who cares where he ends up if its not Chelsea.But I guess it will be City.LOL.Chelsea44,don't worry,Shebby Singh did not say that.If he would have said that,we know it would have made no sense.
cfc250
Yes Desmond.Thats why I am saying that we should utilise him for the big games.If the new RB plays in the big games,then Iva has to play somewhere.He can defend well and score a priceless goal from set-pieces.His winner against Napoli.Moreover,we will play off the ball most off the time.Iva will be more useful in that case.I am very very afraid that Mourinho could snatch him away.I am damn afraid.
cfc250
Cfc250..Relax mate..Mourinho cant snatch the ball boys at chelsea not to talk of key players....Roman wont allow it....
Desmondadonis
And if JT loses the racism case,Iva may start playing centrally.David Luiz,Cahill and Iva may be rotated in that case.Although I do not want this happen.JT is my favourite.I just love our skipper.
cfc250
Mourinho is a very clever manager.If he's really after him,I am afraid he can.Lets hope you are right.
cfc250
Oh.Feck.No Chelsea players in the England squad.Have they been rested due to the CL Final?
cfc250
Oh my god!Downing on the LW.Gerrard and Parker in the hole.This means that Lamps could be on the bench for the Euros.Feck you Roy Hodgson if that happens.Young behind Caroll.Milner on the right.Jagielka and Lescott are the two CB's.Phil Jones on the right AND Baines on the left.
cfc250
Cfc250...The only player to leave against the club's wish was robben...So except iva hands in a transfer request...Mourinho has no chance to lure him
Desmondadonis
Cfc250...The only player to leave against the club's wish was robben...So except iva hands in a transfer request...Mourinho has no chance to lure him
Desmondadonis
I hope so.Iva is very important.
cfc250
Thats why Robben got fecked in the Final.LOL.Mikel and DD came up to him and told him that Cech knew that time where he would place his penalty.
cfc250
Young scores an excellent goal.1-0 England.
cfc250
If we are able tO get pep i do think that we should go for him! He is simply the best manager over the last four years! Simple! Yes of course they have a great squad but we have great squad too! And there are so much other teams with great squads! But it speaks for pep when you have such an unique squad! But i would not be dissapointed if we go with rdm! I think he can bring this chelsea spirit back! I will support cfc forever! With any manager! Cause chelsea is my love!
austriablue
chelsea players aint meeting up with england till next week! guess most on here aint english as you would know this.lol same with rooney
dtr1977
RDM for sure
sojofjand
Thank You dtr1977.
cfc250
@cfc250- A rotating RB plan based on the level of opposition sounds a little too much like an XBox strategy for me. If you stick Dani Alves at the back, we're not Barca against a mid-table side. Likewise, we are not one Philipp Lahm away from being Bayern. Early in the season AVB tried a strategy of pressing- all of the back line was pushing forward whenever possible. It wasn't just the forward skill of Ashley Cole that prevented the tactic from succeeding, the poor defensive cover cause the team to concede easy shots that lead to dropped points against opposition both high and low in the table. If your opinion is that possession against inferior competition is the source of dropped points, then there are plenty of solutions to the problem that need not include rotating attacking full backs into the squad on an irregular basis.
rslack
Didier Droba, he;s young, blue, smart, has heart and knows how to motivate. He's need a decent defensive coach to ride shotgun tho
Pantisocrates
Watching the UCL final again.....Epic!!!
SameX
Judging by some of the stories recently, I think we're obviously waiting on a decision from Pep, it seems to me that despite RDM doing well in such a short space of time, the board feel that he is not the man to take Chelsea forward and have probably already got an agreement in principal in place for Pep to take over, the players we're being linked with are very much Pep's type of player quick, comfortable on the ball and interchangeable in their positions.. I would imagine we'll find out in the next week or so... We as a club, especially the board keep things in house - I also think that maybe Hazard is waiting to see if Pep takes over before committing to Chelsea and has probably been told in negotiations Pep will be in charge next season?.. Just a theory!
Splint1976
If there are less than 4 changes to the First Team, then it makes no sense to fire RDM. We will continue to play "long-ball" to whomever is at striker and hope he does something beneficial with the ball. The defence will be stout and the midfield will just be a conduit to getting the ball as far up the pitch as possible as quickly as possible without any idea who is up there or how many...or..they will back pass and let a defender kick the ball up for them. It worked against the Continental sides..but won't with any consistancy against the PL sides. Keep the basic team that finished the season with RDM as coach and we'll be staring 5-7th place in the EPL again and depend on a series of miracles to win the CL. Who is at the helm is far less important than who is on the pitch and for the weekly wages that Roman pays, he deserves far better than schoolboy "long-ball" tactics and 6th place in the PL.
rockhead
Number 22 for norway last night looked promising. And he's 19.
ucmyway
OK, found out who no. 22 was last night. Valon Berisha (19 years old). He's pretty good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBEfA4zyvZM
ucmyway
www.footmercato.net/premier league/transferts/Chelsea-sur-le-point-de-s'offrir-Eden-hazard!!! Can these be trusted at all.
Blue1989
@rslack-Roman wants us to play attacking football.We are not Barca against a mid-table side but we will be Barca against mid-table teams as per the owner.And I regret to say that our players were not pressing properly.Moreover,its difficult to play such a game when you have John Terry in your side.He does not have pace.For my life I don't know how he played such a game against Arsenal.My opinion is that waste of possession against inferior oppositions is the source of dropped points.The possession was being wasted.There was zero threat from our full-backs.Hence,I wanted a new RB and perhaps Ivanovic in the CL games and PL games against top sides where we will play off the ball a lot.If you could come up with better solutions than the rotating policy?I am afraid we will have to play the ugly way in the big games if we are to dig out results,that is more off the ball.In that case,Ivanovic is a must.
cfc250
It is being reported in France that Hazard chose Chelsea fc. This one sounds to be true
EliteBlue
@rslack.Barcelona got fecked against us because at the Bridge because they are poor without the ball.They just can't defend.I had suggested before the match that Dani Alves was their weak link.We should play Ramires on LW.He can track back.Moreover,Alves is always forward and cannot track-back and that too Ramires who runs like an engine.I am glad RDM or perhaps JT played Ramires there.And thats why I am saying that we cannot afford to make that mistake in the big games.Barcelona have not realised it and it will continue to affect them.They think that they are the kings.Well,let them think that way and suffer.At least,we should learn from their mistakes as well as our mistakes.
cfc250
Rockhead its not like that seriously, RDM is primarily an attacking minded manager don't judge his whole performance with what happened in just two or three games. It takes a smart manager go defensive against the seemingly stronger teams...and pumping the ball into the box? Well its a strategy we have been using for ages, and it has won us a lot of trophies.
LeyemovicH
The Daily Fail has reported that Eddie Newton and RDM could face the axe this week.
cfc250
Nathaniel Chalobah and Todd Kane score as England U-21 smash Slovenia U-21 5-0.
cfc250
Oh.Feck!Again,I read that Mourinho wants Ivanovic.Well,this rumour is scaring me.
cfc250
Chalobah goal was wicked! OMG!
ucmyway
Di Matteo linked with the Aston Villa job.He is the favourite to take over there.
cfc250
Mornin guys.. Link to Eden hazard Story in english http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_m&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.eurosport.fr/football/premier-league/2011-2012/hazard-vers-chelsea_sto3286877/story.shtmlhttp://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_m&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.eurosport.fr/football/premier-league/2011-2012/hazard-vers-chelsea_sto3286877/story.shtml
Tegzluiz
Hope Guardiola goes to United, replacing fergie after a year.
Mia Maynard
Anyone else notice that the poll changed overnight by like 50% in Guardiola's favour?
GhostWriter
Have a feeling it might be van gaal.
abzkilla
cfc250-u don't have to worry.nobody want to leave CFC now as we have club world championship next season..
Chelsea n Torres Fan
chelsea n torres fan-I don't think players care much about the Club World Championship.Obviously,the CL Winner is a World Champion.Jose can easily convince Ivanovic.
cfc250
RDM then Martin O'Neil
adu__
Cfc250...Have faith old son....Roman dont sell his players...And if we sell him we can get abt 20million for him which we can use to get atleast two quality buys in dat position.
Desmondadonis
I am sorry Desmond.I list Ivanovic and Drogba in another category.Its very difficult to replace these two.And to have them leaving together will be terrible.Jose is after him.I am reading it time and again.Ivanovic is saying that his current focus is on the Euros.
cfc250
@GhostWriter - It's probably Mq (created new accounts to do it maybe :P)
shindu99
@cfc250- If the back line wasn't pressing properly, what makes you think that Terry and Ashley Cole are the problem? I would argue that Luiz isn't a disciplined enough defender to be asked to both defend and push up. He can do both, but doesn't seem to have the ability to do them simultaneously in an effective manner. Terry is a good option for the last line of defense in such a system, but I wouldn't argue that pressing is the best strategy for this Chelsea team. I am also hesitant to agree that possession is the reason for dropped points against inferior teams. I think that the current squad has a number of "big game" players, and the wasted chances during matches against inferior opposition is partly a symptom of this. In my opinion, a manager who can keep the teams focus on an upcoming match, as opposed to the next big match is part of the solution. Look at Mancini is you want a good example (or Jose for that matter). If Di Matteo can be criticized for anything, this is his primary weakness in my opinion. Secondly, we need consistency from those players who will dictate possession. Enigmatic performances make for a good narrative in big games, but they don't win the league. Is it a problem of personnel or mentality? I don't know. If Essien was the player of old we might be in a different position. I lauded the Ramires signing because I thought he possessed similar traits to the Bison in his prime. Mata need help in my opinion, and another player in this mould would be of great help in my opinion. I do think that the double pivot was employed with good results, and we need not sit back as much against lesser competition like we did in the latter stages of the Champions League. Di Matteo's former teams were criticized for playing a very attacking style without the talent to pull it off, so we know that he is capable of playing an attacking game. The ability to adjust tactics and squeeze out a result is just a credit to his tactical intelligence in my opinion.
rslack
I don't know why you still list RDM at the "top" when it's been proven he's last resort?? *fantasy land*
@Mq
I though Roberto is still the interim manager?
Kendemsblue
@Mq- Having observed your comments for quite some time, I'll quickly end this before we get started as you are not worth the effort. You're and idiot.
rslack
*the use of and was ironic in the previous comment. Damn.
rslack
 

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