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Franks New Contract...

Firstly, congratulations to Frank on his new contract. He deserves it!

The club certainly made him sweat for it. You almost get the feeling that the club was holding it back on purpose, just to keep him hungry and motivated.

This particular article is about what I think Frank`s contract extension tells us about where the clubs mind-set is going forward.

Much of the article is based on assuming Mourinho will be our manager next season.

1) We will never know why the discussions took as long as they did but you get the feeling that the club has had a bit of a dramatic turnaround in thinking to award frank a new deal.

2) Could that turn around have been triggered by Mourinho? As far as I am aware, the clubs decision to release Frank was based around reducing the wage bill and giving younger more dynamic players a chance. Now, a new deal has been signed and in my opinion it was upon request from the new manager.

3) Frank is in the latest in England squad and it has been well documented that he would like to be involved in the World Cup in 2014. The only way that would happen is through consistent performances week in / week out at club level. So for those who think that Frank has signed to warm the bench for half the year, well you are sorely mistaken. Yes he loves the club, but he would not off signed if it didn't suit his own personal goals. He will play plenty.

4) Baring the above in mind, what does that mean for a player like Josh? If Lamps were to have been left out, you get the feeling some of our younger players (Josh, Chalobah, De Bruyne in a deeper role) would have had a look-in during pre-season to try and impress. It will be another year of loans for some of our brightest talent.

5) The extension of Frank`s contract reeks of a new manager who will desire instant success rather than developing a side with the use of a few youngsters ie Mourinho. We all know Mourinho won`t want to waste time and would therefore stick with an old experienced head rather than trying to mould a new one. Mourinho doesn't hang around for long and we can expect this to reflect in the type of signings he makes (26 or older, players in their prime).

6) I think most will agree that despite the goals that Lamps has contributed this season, his overall performances haven't been his best. The reason for this I think is two-fold, firstly he isn't getting any younger and therefore his performances are naturally deteriorating and secondly 4-2-3-1 doesn't exactly compliment him. If Lamps is to play 35 games next season it would surely have to be in a 4-3-3 as I don't think he has the ability anymore to play in a two man midfield.

7) Mourinho loved the 4-3-3 and it is looking increasingly likely that he will return. I fully expect us to return to some form of 4-3-3/4-5-1 next season.

In conclusion, I am delighted that Lamps is staying as I feel he deserves it. I just think it shows more short term thinking from the board which of course suits the 'Special One'. All signs point to Jose.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far.

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Date:Thursday May 16 2013
Time: 5:07PM


Your 4th and 5th points got me thinking very deep about what we actually desire to achieve as a football club with the next few yes. Perhaps 3,4-5 years. If Mourinho whom we all know to be a coach who doesn't care about developing youngsters is truely chelsea bound as being speculated, then chelsea as a football club remains in the dark.
16/05/2013 17:22:00
Whilst it certainly looks possible, maybe even likely that Jose will be out next Manager, I fail to see this connection that everyone is making between Lamps' contract extension and Jose's return. Surely any Manager would want to keep Frank on account of the fact he's still a top player with a great deal to offer Chelsea, not just Jose? It doesn't mean a thing in that sense!
16/05/2013 17:28:00
It is also nonsense to suggest that Jose isn't interested in developing youth, complete rubbish!
16/05/2013 17:30:00
Nor does keeping Frank mean we are ignoring the future, of course it is better to have quality, experienced players like Frank around who live and breath chelsea to pass on their attributes to the next generation. Sorry but you might have guessed that I don't really agree with any of the article!
16/05/2013 17:32:00
Congrats....not entirely happy but won't my lose either :)
16/05/2013 17:45:00
Pogba & Fryers (if I remember the name well) left ManUre because of the lack of game time and Fergie reverting to Scholes & Giggs instead of trustingthem....Hmmm
16/05/2013 17:48:00
0 need to be sorry. Regarding the Frank and Jose connection..the AVB fiasco taught us that not every manager has a vision of keeping the likes of Frank forever. I would venture to say that if our new manager were Klopp or Simeone they would have a different view on keeping Lamps around. Mourinho is familiar with Lamps and will know how to use him wisely, hence the connection. As far as youth goes, Jose has never had a great record of bringing youth through and letting them showcase themselves on the big stage. It takes a manager with not much to loose and full backing from the club to do that. Jose has always put an emphasis on winning above all else.
16/05/2013 17:50:00
Rubbish 'article' if u ask me. Conjecture, half-truths and nonsensical conclusions all based on flawed premises and apparent dislike for Jose Mourinhho? Whoever told u @Junior Mourinho isn't interested in developing youth? Do u know how old Salomon Kalou was when he bought him? Well, 19! How old was Thiago Mendes he brought with from Portugal, 19! How old was Varane when he blooded him for Madrid? Find out! Care to know which Madrid coach gave Jose Callejon his first-team debut and has since continually use him as impact-sub? Check! How old was Cech when Jose blooded him and made him no.1 in spite of veteran Cudicini? 22! Care to know who made a 22-year-old Joe Cole become a cult hero overnight here? Jose Mourinho, u joker! So if u ain't got any sensible think to write, just phuck off and beat it mate! Ha
The dope HGH
16/05/2013 18:01:00
Firstly, let it be known that I do not dislike Mourinho! Secondly, there is no need to so openly treat another fan with such disrespect over an "opinion piece".
16/05/2013 18:14:00
Lots of speculation and guesswork. We have to wait only a few more days and the picture will be clearer.
16/05/2013 18:25:00
Yes, the article has a somewhat negative slant on all the points make. Hardly balanced, but like the man said, it's about opinions. Move on.
16/05/2013 18:35:00
I'm really glad to see Lampard get a new contract. He's been outstanding ever since he joined back in 2001.
16/05/2013 18:36:00
16/05/2013 18:37:00
Already moved on. Just was wishing @Junior could counter any of the counter-facts I gave. To me that will be when I'd trust his football brain and nous, otherwise I'll just flag anything else.
The dope HGH
16/05/2013 18:42:00
@Junior, hope u don't take it personal though. Just hat it irks my ears and makes nonsense of peoples' sense of history when I hear the "Mourinho doesn't work with youth stuff"! Heck, he does! Check, how old was Mesut Ozil when he bought him? Check, di Maria? Check, Ferreira at Porto? Check, Deco there? Robben here? Check, Lass Diara both with us and Madrid? And it goes on! So guys should just give it a brake already!!!! Wtf do they have against JM? Or should we all take what the Spanish press choose to feed us hook, line, sinker and all? Not me man
The dope HGH
16/05/2013 18:49:00
@Mq...for the 5th time Pogba went cos of money u dick.... that was well publicised at the time. And how many games do giggs and scholes start....not very many!
16/05/2013 18:50:00
@the dope...didn't realise that you were seeking a response. Seen as though you are, my response is that clearly you and I have a different interpretation of youth. When I say promoting youth I don't mean paying 10-15mil for the brightest 19 year olds out there. Many of those names you mentioned were bought, and bought for a fair amount. When I refer to youth I am referring to the academy that is producing youngsters. Again I say I do not dislike Mourinho, I guess I just yearn for someone to come in and at least acknowledge the outstanding efforts of our academy. The one thing that Dortmund, Munich and Barca all have in common is that they have at least 4 or 5 players that have grown up through the club. In summary I do not believe Jose will change much and will spend to fill the gaps instead of looking internally. For the record my piece was not meant to be negative it was just meant to inspire thought about whats going on. My apologies for the lack of clarity.
16/05/2013 19:06:00
@Mq...for the 5th time Pogba went cos of money u dick------that's not what he said ESS and even if that were true, had ManUre not have Giggs & Scholes in their wage bill could they not have kept him?? As for Friars?? Surely Spurs not paying him more than ManUre, or are they :)
16/05/2013 19:52:00
1)Do u know how old Salomon Kalou was when he bought him? Well, 19----and how much did Kalou develop THE DOPE??......2) How old was Thiago Mendes he brought with from Portugal, 19! ------and where is he??.....3) How old was Varane when he blooded him for Madrid? Find out!------Varane was already playing first team footie, not from academy level.....4) Care to know which Madrid coach gave Jose Callejon his first-team debut and has since continually use him as impact-sub-----how many games has he played, has he improved?? It's 1 thing to give some1 5 minutes here and there, we talking full development till the player is part of the core of the team.....5) How old was Cech when Jose blooded him and made him no.1 in spite of veteran Cudicini? 22------funny you mention half truths and conjecture, did we develop Cech?? How much did we buy him for......6) Care to know who made a 22-year-old Joe Cole become a cult hero overnight here?------how much did we pay for him, and did we develop him under Jose?? summary, before you call some1 a "Joker" and accuse them of having nothing sensible to write, make sure your own comments make sense and are thought through (all factors considered) because your comment lacks subjectivity and instead makes a strong exhibit of the illusion of knowledge
16/05/2013 20:08:00
@JuniorCFC21..i personally think this a good article..i dont agree with all you have said but i appreciate your effort in putting your thoughts down in black and white and sharing them with us. That take courage..the VC audience can be brutal. Now that it is confirmed that Lamps has been offered a new contract i for one would bet a months stipend (and i am not wealthy nor profligate with my hard earned money)that this is the work of Jose and he is our next manager QED. Where i disagree with you is this popular mantra out there that Jose does not develop youth players and has no interest in it. The Dope has provided you with some hard data to shoot that right out of the water though i would have preferred he be more gentle in getting his points across. The biggest determinant regarding this whole desire for youth development is the owners agenda and priorities. This is often reflected in past history and the sort of contract the manager is offered. David Moyes contract with ManU speaks to a system and team that has youth development as a says that they will give him time and be patient. Jurgen Klopps contract speaks to that as well. From what i have read Manuel Pellegrini is being offered a 2yr contract to join City..knowing their history with that sort of contract the man will be crazy to go on a "youth development" mission..remember Mancini got sacked while finishing second..just like Carlo did with us..Pellegrini will be under pressure from day 1 to win and win now..youth development which he had the luxury and neccesity of at Malaga will go straight out the window. Jose from all i have seen and read is probably getting a 3 yr contract. That is the longest contract anyone has been offered at Chelsea since he was last with us..that he even gets a contract that long speaks to the respect Roman has for him but make no mistake about it knowing the history of our club, knowing Roman's lust for instant success which is largely shared by our fan base Jose when he comes will be under no illusions. He has no time for a big youth rebuild project. He is being brought in to bring us back to the forefront of the BPL and Europe and to do that pronto. If and when he does that he may then earn a contract extension(and that would make him the first manager in the Roman era to achieve that at Chelsea FC). If he can get there then he can make the academy products development more of a priority but let us be real..any manager coming to chelsea now especially where we find ourselves at this time knows the clock it ticking the moment they get on the job and the expectation is win baby..and win big..right now!!!
16/05/2013 20:09:00
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