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  1. Absolutely spot on ! My thoughts entirely. The only question is why it has taken so long to come to this decision and why wasnt he suspended from the club. I think also many other footballers across the country may just be taking note and will maybe...hopefully, think before driving after drinking in the future.....they could be one accident away from the same fate. Now that would be an interesting situation for our overpaid, prima donners in the Premiership and indeed their clubs. Imagine a top four Premiership club sacking their top striker who has bust his knee badly and who is earning half a million a year .
  2. I made a very good career out of turning around poorly performing factories. In all of the cases i had to introduce then establish a new way of doing things that would turn the performance around to the benefit of the business and its owners. Absolutely one of the first jobs was to assess then weed out the managers/supervisors who couldnt or wouldnt change to my philosophy. This would include those who were too set in their ways (because they had done things the same way for years), the 'clique' group, (normally led by a gobshite) those that were in positions which they were clearly out of their depth, those that , maybe, wanted to change but clearly were not good enough and finally those that were lazy and just were happy to turn up and take the money every month without taking the responsibility and those that talked a good game but couldnt actually do it. Occasionally there were some who i realised could be developed and would react to my mentoring......even though this would take time and even then they may not make the standard i was expecting. This assessment, though a priority, took some months and even then to move or get shut of some took a lot longer and all the time the clock was ticking and if a factory doesnt perform, its costs are not in line with budgets etc and given the owners can get quite panicky, the axe can fall pretty quickly. Not exactly a Football Club like Derby County but a similar scenario. In all cases I formulated a period that included a short term plan which bought me time to establish my own team and staff and working practices, outlining expectations and training as part of the implementation of a forward plan. This short term plan was often painful in that some days I would question if I was making any progress at all, but experience told me to stick at it and work to my overall strategy. In nearly all cases i would say to the owners it would take x number of months or years....the average was probably 2 years. The moral of sharing my experience is that PC is in a similar position in my eyes......therefore, despite the frustrations lets support him and lower our expectations even for the short term which is this season. He has the pedigree and the experience.....and character to turn this team around. Mel knows this i am sure. PC will know what he has to do. This time next year is the time to measure progress. I guarantee the team will look completely different.
  3. I very much like all new kits and the design of the 'zebra' sleeves especially. What i dont like however is players wearing the long sleeved 'vest' type shirt underneath it which then makes the shirt scruffy. and contrasts with the 'zebra' stripes of the short sleeve. I understand why players like to wear the vest but maybe a short sleeve could do?
  4. So we await a statement from Mel that an approach has now actually been made......
  5. None of us can understand the delay in the precedings.....why has no approach been made for Frank ? Well, lets remember first and foremost that Chelsea FC are a massive world wide brand and more than a football club based at Stamford Bridge. In every Sports Shop in every country across the world their shirts are for sale alongside Barca, Real Madrid and Man Utd. That brand totally relies on the team being succesful in order to gain maximum exposure across the globe. That success has to be Premiership Titles and Champions League. It has taken years to build that brand and now more than ever the business moguls behind the scenes will be aware of potential damage to their brand if the club does not re attain the level of success they have enjoyed in building the brand to such high echelons, initially on the back of millions of investment from a certain Russian source. They will be awareand even afraid of the growing domination of Man City in the Premiership and the potential of the emerging Liverpool brand, possibly even that Spurs will threaten their Top London Club crown (Arsenal perhaps not such a threat recently). Are these high ranking business heads going to be that concerned about 45000+ Chelsea faithful when it comes to engaging a very risky and a very inexperienced manager at this level in Frank, who no doubt would galvanise the supporters and give them the emotional appointment that they crave for , he may be succesful but he may not at the levels required......or are they more concerned at recruiting a manager who has the potential to get quick results and so address their dwindling status across the world and millions of fans. If this is indeed a possible explanation why there is such a delay, are they working on the Allegri situation? Is it as dead as made out? Are there other high profile experienced candidates being considered ....Mr Benitez is rumoured to be stalling his contract negotiations which expires in 12 days....there may be others. That would leave Frank as a fall back measure and explain the state of Limbo......guess we just have to wait ......and wait.....
  6. Wouldnt rule out John Terry as a surprise candidate. As was the case with Frank a year ago , he is wanting a move into management and actively looking, similar playing background at the highest level , is a fantastic leader and organiser and has the capabilities to carry on the good work that Frank leaves in progress i.e the younger players, style of play etc. plus the inspiration to lure new players, permanent or young loanees, especially maintaining the relationship with (Frank Lampards) Chelsea. The advantage is he has experienced the Championship for the last 2 years and what it takes to be succesful. Obviousely would need a good team around him akin to Jody Morris,as he will be Chelsea bound, but no doubt he will have this already in mind. Who knows.......Ashley Cole is a big mate and has indicated his next move is into coaching. Also Mel would probably be open to Frank suggesting a replacement before he departs.
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