The Lionel Messi will he stay or leave saga threatens to destroy the rest of Barcelona's season will news breaking on a daily basis about is relationship with the club.
On the morning that the news broke that Chelsea had spoken to Messi's father (and agent) about a possible move this summer, former Barcelona assistant Henk ten Cate has claimed that the only reason that Messi still remains at the Nou Camp is a vow he made to the late Tito Vilanova on his deathbed.
One certainly can't say Jose Mourinho had not warned his players earlier this week. On paper, a
home match to Panathinaikos seemed like an easy routine job for Inter, just the Portuguese
manager's concerns had a strong smell of pre-tactical (José-patented) "mindgames".
Instead, those concerns were well-founded.
Olé José. Julio Cruz's likely destined to leave a big "ass mark" on the subs
bench this season, but Inter Milan is "cruising" nonetheless. Carried forth by the genius
of Ibrahimovic, the timely finish of Amantino Mancini, and a new-found Adriano (ok, he only played
for 10 minutes... but that's stil good right?
Will Steve McClaren, Paul Ince and Sam Allardyce be overtaken on the line by this dark horse,
finishing fast on the rails? The Guardian report that Henk Ten Cate is back in the race to be the
next Blackburn manager, with Rovers chairman John Williams jetting out to see the Dutchman
yesterday, quizzing him [.
First there was Avram Grant, then there was Henk Ten Cate. It seems that nobody's job is safe at
Chelsea. Especially when you hear that the club have made the decision to sack Nick Perruccio,
somebody who has been on their payroll for more than ten years. For the unitiated, Perruccio was
the head chef at [.
He was to be the glass-chewing "bad cop" to shuffling goon Avram Grant's "good
cop", but it appears that Chelsea don't want one without the other and so, despite claiming
that his job was safe, Henk Ten Cate has been shown the door by the Chelsea's number one suit,
Peter Kenyon. "Ten Cate told a [..
Chelsea's long suffering assistant first-team coach Steve Clarke is ready to leave Chelsea in the
midst of seismic grumbling about the tactical illiteracy of gaffer Avram Grant. The Times claims
that he wants to get a "fresh start" at another club and quite fancies the prospect of
taking over the reigns at [.
Chelsea coach Henk ten Cate has ultimately come out of the bag and has admitted the fall-out
between him and club captain John Terry on the eve of Sunday's Carling Cup final clash with London
rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The news of the heated debate between the duo broke out immediate to the
Cup final and it [.
The Mirror reports of an amazing bust-up between Chelsea captain John Terry and the club's first
team coach Henk Ten Cate in training on the eve of the Carling Cup final with Tottenham Hotspur.
The British tabloid reports that the whole incident occurred in front of Chelsea owner Roman
Abramovich over team selection and tactics.
Henk Ten Cate held a press conference to say he wouldn't be heading to Chelsea, but to no avail,
the offer was too good to refuse. Ten Cate was given the go ahead to sever his ties with Ajax and
head to Stamford Bridge to openÂ negotiations. It's not every day you see the DutchÂ powerhouses
Oh dear. Things haven't been going well at Ajax for the last few years, but losing your head coach
to become the top assistant at Chelsea is just another painful reminder that Ajax is no longer one
of the top 50 clubs in Europe, let alone amongst the elite.
The writing has been on the wall for about 10 years now. Back when Ajax was sexy, ESPN2 showed a
weekly Dutch soccer game every Sunday morning in the early- to mid-90s.
Sky Sports is reporting that Ajax have given Chelsea the green light in having talks with current
Ajax manager Henk ten Cate. It's not a surprise. Since Mourhino's departure Chelsea's been rumored
to pursuing ten Cate. Now we know it's official. Is this a good move by Chelsea? Is this a sign
that other big name managers like Capello aren't interested in the job?
Henk ten Cate - Ajax boss - looks poised to join Avram Grant at Stamford Bridge in the capacity of
assistant coach. Grant has already said he wants to improve the backroom staff - bringing in one
big domestic target and a foreign coach who already backs the style Chelsea likes to play. ten Cate
In keeping with the theme of introducing new 'segments' to the blog, I present to you the 'Rumor
Roundup', wherein we'll try to tackle the nonsensical banter that floats across the wire as often
as we can. This week, we look at comments given to Sports Illustrated by FIFA Agent Carrie Baird,
regarding all things Chelsea.
The EC is well behind us and in all evaluations of the performance of the Dutch (more to come!)
it's clear that little big man Wesley Sneijder is seen as our new skipper and navigator. We'll look
at Wes' progress with Danny Blind, Edgar Davids, Henk ten Cate and his
Useless. That's about the only word I can use to describe Henk Ten Cate's time at Chelsea. The
assistant coach was told to do one at the end of the week, drawing to an end one of the most
obscure and egregious hirings in the history of the club.
Ten Cate came in, refused to sing & promptly begin to ooze hatefulness.