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About coombsie

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  1. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    I too am very concerned that there may be some sort of "owner or Board" instruction to play him regardless. If there is not, why oh why would a Coach as good as Conte, have him anywhere near the squad, let alone in the first team? He has proved over and over again that he is simply not good enough to be at Chelsea. His performances are an embarrassment to both himself and the Club.
  2. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    When you have possibly the best COACH in the World, why would you change him? Once again we have an issue where the Coach is getting more PR exposure than the Club and the Board/Owner don't like it. This happens every time and I am fed up with it. Its time for the Board to make the COACH the MANAGER, and to sit back on their hands and let him manage. Let him pick the players he wants, buy as many as we can afford and integrate these players with the undoubted talent we already have in the first team squad and away on loan. In short let him manage the playing side of the Club from top to bottom. Now we have got rid of the imposter Emanalo, this should be possible.
  3. Emanalo The Problem

    I am convinced that Conte has won the day with Emanalo's "resignation" I feel certain that Antonio has told the Club that either he has full control over all team matters, ins and outs, loans, coaching staff etc or he was going to walk and maybe not even wait for the end of the Season. Luiz may be the catalyst to this happening today. Conte didn't want him and didn't buy him and he has left him out as a physical V sign to those that did. I think that Roman is learning
  4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    I agree that we do need 4 "TOP CLASS" players, but Oxlade Camberlain, Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy, Fernando Llorente,???? REALLY ????
  5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    I have two Arsenal mad Sons in Law, and both are adamant that the Ox is not good enough for Arsenal let alone Chelsea. He is "in and out" good one day, stinking the next. He doesn't want to play right wing back at either Arsenal or Chelsea, he wants to play in centre midfield, but he has proved many times that he is not good enough or strong enough to start there for Arsenal having been given many opportunities. The Arsenal fans have, for a long time, doubted his efforts, commitment and ability to "train on". So Why all of a sudden (because our fans are desperate for a signing, ANY signing) should he be good enough for Chelsea.
  6. David Luiz back at Chelsea

    I hope the cheque is in the post !!!
  7. A VERY interesting read although I don't think that the aluminium comparison quite works. The same question still applies though- Why the hell is Michael Emanalo still at Chelsea Football Club? The Board are derelict in their duty to the Owner if this continues.
  8. I agree 100%. I have been saying the same thing for a while now. It will be very difficult with no European football to tempt the top stars, or to strengthen with anywhere near the quality we are rightfully used to. Therefore we must buy players who can do a job at a reasonable price and go all out to finish in the Top 4, then with Champion's League Football assured, do our business EARLY next summer and bring in the players we need. The 15/16 Squad suddenly looks decent again and with one or two (strength in depth) acquisitions, we should be ok. Getting Kurt Zouma fit will be a bonus this season albeit nearer Christmas and bringing Andreas Christensen back from BMG will be like signing a new £50mill defender and I agree that he is better than Stones. We really do not need too much now, let's let Conte work his obvious magic.
  9. Kalidou Koulibaly

    Andreas Christensen, officially the BEST DEFENDER in the Bundesliga, must have one hell of a water tight contract to keep him from coming back to the Bridge. Therefore we must be patient and be excited at getting him back next Season. It will be like getting a £50million signing on a Free !!!
  10. Kalidou Koulibaly

    It is quite a shock that an Italian Manager, like most of his compatriots, renowned for getting his defence sorted out first and foremost, has not displayed any great panic in sorting the back four (three ??) out at Chelsea. Is this because he is happy with what he has seen - unlikely. He will have watched VT's of last Seasons debacle and seen the players up close in training and in Austria and the USA so he will now know what he has to work with. Therefore he either knows we are trying to bring players in or he has seen players in the squad and at the Academy that he believes can do a job for him. I think that we have to trust his judgement and pray he is right.
  11. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    I have been waiting eagerly to see Conte in action and i was not disappointed. He certainly got a tune out of a very ordinary Italian team, but what I liked most was the tactics. He was straight down Belgium's throats from the kick off. The high pressing, work rate and never say die attitude shocked Belgium to the core. They were out thought and out played by a better tactician, even though player for player they are loads better. This augurs well !! I think the future is bright, provided we get him the players he wants, not the ones Emanalo, Roman or the Board think might work. Be patient, he will be watching every game while he is in France, drawing up a short list to give to the Board. Expect no signings until a week or so after the Euros finishes. He will have had a good look at the current squad whilst he was kicking his heels waiting for the Euros to begin. He will know who he likes and who he does not and will choose players to compliment this. Expect plenty of Italians or Balkans !!
  12. Branislav Ivanovic - Your Views?

    Yes he has improved of late, but frankly he couldn't possibly have gotten any worse and let us not forget that absolutely disastrous defending of Ivan between August and December. How the Club are considering a longer deal I cannot fathom. End of this season, let him go !
  13. Jose Mourinho thread

    My late (life long Chelsea fan)Father had a saying. "Just when you start to believe that Chelsea cannot possibly let you down any more.............................They will surprise you, because they always shoot themselves in the foot!" NEVER was that statement more apt Dad.
  14. Jose Mourinho thread

    Thank you Jose for everything you have done for Chelsea. I never thought I would see us win the League in my lifetime, but we(you) did, three times. Yes we had our ups and downs, but that happens in any great relationship. When the dust settles we will remember the good times, the many trophies, the success the parades, the last days of the Season lifting the Premier League trophy. Wishing you the best of luck wherever you go (except Manchester United) :biggrin: ::clap2::
  15. Emanalo The Problem

    Following the debacle over Frank Arnesen, There must be some strategy at Chelsea, created by the Board, approved by the owner and handed down to the persons with responsibility for the individual tasks and Emanalo seems to have the player recruitment hat. Therefore he simply MUST be at fault. As I have previously posted elsewhere on this site, to have made as many poor né SHOCKING signings as we have, since his arrival in 2007, coupled with the continued signing, stock-piling and loaning of almost £100m of Europe and South America's top teenage talent, then to let them go on free's or for small fees without ever really being given a chance let alone seeing sight of a first team berth is a pure dereliction of duty. Be in no doubt, if José really believed that a kid in the under 21's or under 18's really was the next Messi or Ronaldo, he would be in the team. Mourinho knows as do we that the conveyor belt of players from the Academy, with the very rare exception is just not good enough. That is why Emanalo needs to go!! Then the Board should hold a complete review of its strategy and make the changes necessary to the recruitment policy and at risk of agreeing with Nibs, go and poach the entire Southampton Scouting team (those that did not go to Spuds)