Well it’s the start of another week...usually I’d say no news is good news 🤔. The one thing that has unsettled me a bit is Michael Johnson’s Sky interview. Until that I was confident that both clubs (despite the official “no formal approach has been made” line) were probably discussing the “if, buts and maybe’s”, so that we were confident of either him staying or letting us prepare “informally” for when he goes. Johnno’s interview (which him speaking as club ambassador, so presumably with DCFC’s knowledge) suggests that the club are as in the dark as anyone else, that is concerning, being just a week away from players returning. I’m sure that Mel is working on Plan B, but unless we know who is sitting in the dug our next season we can’t sensibly recruit in a season when more than ever we need to be looking to bring in fresh blood. I hope that once back Frank will be up front with Mel at least, that will be really telling of the regard he has for the man (and club) that gave him his chance. If Frank has had “informal chats” with Chelsea and has been told he will be offered, then he should come clean with Derby County and say it, if he’s had no contact, then at this point I would be saying “as the new season is getting close, and we need to make preparations, my loyalty has to lie with the club, and for my own certainty”. If he’s refusing to sign the extension and saying “I’ll wait and see what happens” then if I were Mel I’d withdraw the extension, if he’s not willing to show any loyalty then neither should we.
Of course, it might all be sorted already and wheels in motion, Johnno might be in the dark but senior folk are aware...who knows? As fans we can only speculate, I don’t expect statements for my benefit, I just hope that Frank is giving Mel and the Club the respect they deserve for giving a rookie a go, anything less than that and he will lose the admiration of all of us that went with him, and probably a lot of neutral people that see Frank as someone with integrity...how he handles himself now could influence his future career after Chelsea.
So how many more pages before we know? Are Sky Bets giving odds?