John Terry's dispute with Chelsea rumbles on over a new contract and we should prepare ourselves for the fact that nothing is likely to change until the summer. The club have stated that the door isn't closed and the channels of discussion remain open, whereas JT will tell you that there has been no communication at all!
As all sorts of names are being linked with the Chelsea Manager's job this summer I wonder if we already have the answer in John Terry. What do you think about JT as our new manager?
Think of the man who has led this team through the most successful period in our club's history. Think of the man who commands respect of his team mates and his opponents week in, week out in the Premier League.
The whole footballing world is talking about Chelsea's decision not to offer club captain John Terry a new contract in the summer – but who will replace him? Many footballers would jump at the chance to represent a club like Chelsea, but since winning the 2014/15 Premier League title things haven't gone according to plan with Jose Mourinho leaving the Stamford Bridge side, players like Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas failing to replicate their form from the previous season, and now club legend Terry being told his services are no longer needed.
No, your eyes do not deceive you. Yesterday, Manchester United played at Old Trafford and went head-to-head with the Pep Guardiola castaway player reclamation project aka Barney Ronay's beautiful dark twisted fantasy aka Stoke City. Manchester United score goals and won.
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Matt Miazga, the big 6ft 4in USA International centre back for a fee of around £3.5m and the player himself cannot wait to get started.
Many of us had not heard much of the 20 year-old defender ahead of the story breaking that Chelsea were about to sign him but he was held in high regard by the New York Red Bulls and impressed last season.
I'm a big fan of Guardian columnist Barney Ronay. Yes, his last names sounds uncomfortably similar to Rooney, but nobody's perfect. Still, his most recent column on Liverpool FC with the angle that "committee results in incoherent plan and bad signings" struck me as a bit off the mark. In sum, two much bigger picture issues cloud the horizon for the Scousers.
This past week, I watched Leicester City play soccer. I had read and heard quite a bit about them. They are successful at football. Despite barely avoiding relegation and not re-signing Esteban Cambiasso, they'd led the league at various times this past season. People say the new EPL TV deal means smaller clubs can now offer big wages to keep their established EPL stars, messing up the established hierarchy.
Atletico Madrid are preparing themselves for Diego Simeone's departure to Chelsea this summer and have already identified his replacement.
According to reports, Chelsea believe the imposed transfer ban for the next two transfer windows on Atletico Madrid has put them in pole position to lure the Argentinian away from La Liga to come to the Premier League.
According to reports, Loic Remy is preparing for life away from Chelsea this month as he looks for a move to another Premier League club. I am wondering given our current league position if you would sell him?
We have seen Remi Garde of Aston Villa openly admit that he wants to try and sign the French international striker if he was to become available and that has really annoyed Guus Hiddink who said: "You have to respect where the players are.
There is a general census of opinion that some players will be shown the door by Chelsea next month in the transfer window. With the Premier League top four hopes virtually gone, is it a chance to play some youngsters?
I ask the question because it seems to be a debate that crops up every season.
Nemanja Matic has been speaking the Official Chelsea Website and has given an indication (without knowing it) of what our problem has been this season - motivation!
It's hard to believe really coming off the back of winning the Premier League title and FA Cup last season! OK, granted for the majority of the players, it was their first trophies in Chelsea Blue and in England but still, how can a professional player, paid thousands each week, not be even more motivated to do better this term?
Alexandre Pato finally signed for Chelsea on a loan deal until the end of the season on Friday night and has been immediately challenged by Guus Hiddink to show desire for the game. The signing has divided opinion amongst Chelsea supporters.
With the future of Loic Remy to be decided tomorrow, Chelsea would be left with Diego Costa, Pato and Radamel Falcao as our only options available up front between now and the end of the season which has caused concern amongst our supporters.
On Thursday at the Chelsea training session, Diego Costa and Oscar squared up to each other over tackles made and had to be separated. What do you think of what happened? Is it something out of nothing or do you see it as a good thing?
According to reports, the line WAS crossed twice, firstly by Oscar going through the back of Costa as he tried to win the ball - a tackle we are used to seeing Costa having to take from Premier League defenders on week-to-week basis, and then Costa going in twice as hard on Oscar to get him back.
I'll say it now, Diego Costa looks reborn under Guus Hiddink and with three goals in two games so far, it's so nice to see him focus on just the football playing with a smile on his face!
What a difference a month makes! Booed by your own fans, refusing to acknowledge the supporters after games just walking off the pitch and looking like a shadow of his former self, Diego Costa looks like a totally different player.
Diego Costa splits opinion amongst the Chelsea faithful this season for his performances and above all else his lack of goals. Guus Hiddink has challenged his attacking players to provide more for him.
I for one have been very critical of Costa this season but that's only based on the high standards he has set last season.
We all saw the end for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and even suspected Rafa's demise at Madrid. The Blues' form was so poor that they hovered near the relegation zone. They lacked solidity in defense and decisiveness in attack. Meanwhile, at Madrid, the merengues played decently enough, but always seemed to trip over their own two feet when approaching the Barca juggernaut.
The dodo. The dinosaurs. Why do all the really cool animals have to disappear off the face of the Earth? Sadly, soccer reflects this reality. For at least half a decade, a position on the pitch has been neglected like no other: centerback. Here's a thought experiment. Right now, name a young star center back.
Alexandre Pato is about to sign for Chelsea on a six-month loan deal until the end of the season and I am interest to read the opinions of as many Chelsea fans as possible. What do you think of him?
He's still only 26-years old and is proven quality. As I posted on here last week, the final two years he spent at AC Milan (having made the impact he had done previously) were blighted by injury and he moved back to Brazil as a result.
Ask any football fan to give their opinion on Radamel Falcao over the last two seasons and they would state "disappointing". The player has stated that he needs to play a full season to get back to his best but do you agree?
As with Manchester United last season, things haven't worked out for Falcao at Chelsea either.
Chelsea confirmed yesterday that Branislav Ivanovic has signed a one-year contract extension worth a reported £120,000 per week. I was wondering what the general consensus amongst the Chelsea fans is to the news?
Ask me two months ago and I would have said it's a joke and that he should be one of the first to leave.
As you would have seen yesterday ahead of the game tonight, Tony Pulis slammed any form of praise for Guus Hiddink for Chelsea's change in fortunes and unbeaten in five games. I am interest to read your thoughts on what he has said.
We have all seen the good relationship Jose has with Tony Pulis, as per the photo above that's obvious.
A feature of the Chelsea team under Guus Hiddink since he arrived at Stamford Bridge for his second spell as Interim Manager is that John Obi Mikel has come straight back into the side. Much maligned by many, Mikel for Guus Hiddink is almost an untouchable.
You only have to look at Chelsea's defensive frailties and as a result, our poor defensive record this season to realise that something needed to change.
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea Football club reached a mutual agreement to terminate this contract at 2pm this afternoon and sent shockwaves around the football world. I am asking the you all who should Roman Abrmamovich turn to next?
The Official club statement reads:
"Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent.
The problem for everyone in this situation right now is that Jose Mourinho has never EVER found himself in this position. It's the first time he has had to deal with this sort of thing and you cannot help but wonder if he will turn it around. If he did he would become a much better and stronger manager for it.
Having apologised for putting pressure on current Managers in England after revealing he is coming here to work from next season, Pep Guardiola has given a quotation that will be music to the ears of Roman Abramovich.
Firstly, what on earth did Pep Guardiola think he was doing when he announced that he will be leaving Bayern Munich to manage in England from next season at THIS stage?
As the dust settles at Cobham after Jose Mourinho's departure and rumours of a brawl in training yesterday, Roman Abramovich took the decision to personally attend this mornings session. It's a sign that things have just got serious around the place!
I personally hope that he has also taken time to speak to the players face to face and explained what it means to be playing for this club.
When Pedro Rodriguez signed for Chelsea from Barcelona it was exciting. When he scored on his debut I was even more so. Now, a couple of months later I am wondering what has happened to the Spanish winger?
We have read numerous reports in the press that he has had difficulty in settling into life at Chelsea and being selected in the team one minute and left on the bench the next hasn't helped.
Cesc Fabregas has taken to his Instagram account to respond to claims that had been made by the BBC and Pat Nevin that he had been a key contributor in the fallout with Jose Mourinho which subsequently led to the Chelsea fans' booing him last weekend as he was substituted.
I'm pleased that Pat Nevin and the BBC have now apologised and corrected their comments.
Ben Andrews and Jason Cundy asked the question on Chelsea TV recently and I wanted to read as many opinions on Mikel as possible. Is he our best defensive midfielder at the moment ahead of Nemanja Matic?
I have been hammered on here in the past by fans for singing Mikel's praises over the years.
Everybody has a million-and-one-ways to improve MLS. Many of these proposals can be reduced to the film Field of Dreams as envisioned by Scrooge McDuck: if you spend money on wages and transfers, more and better players will come. Well no shit. This past winter, MLS' financial reticence was magnified by the number of deals done between European clubs and the Chinese Super League.
In addition to the disappointing performance and result against Manchester United yesterday was what looked like a horrific injury to Kurt Zouma. Gary Cahill will now get his chance with Matt Miazga waiting in the wings.
It was only recently that we had heard reports from "Chelsea sources" that Cahill was not happy at not playing regular first team football and that we wanted to leave the club in January.
According to reports, after his performance yesterday in the Chelsea U21's 5-0 victory - scoring in front of Guus Hiddink and Roman Abramovich, Charly Musonda has been promoted to the first team squad and could be named on the substitutes bench this weekend against Arsenal.
The young Belgian has a massive future ahead of him in the game and hopefully that will be with the Blues despite being watched by a whole host of names with an interest in signing him in the future.
It's a question for the Chelsea fans out there who have expected to see more of our summer signing. Do you think that Baba Rahman should be given a run of games now to improve competition for places within our back four?
Bransilav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta were our nailed on regular starters last season and provided the team with a solid base to build from.
As he continues to chughis way toward his 600th Premier League appearance, it would appear that the time is right for a critical reappraisal of all things Gareth Barry.
Considered by many as a solid/mediocre defensive midfielder, Barry found himself being lauded as one of the greatest ever English players by Everton manager Roberto Martinez after last night's 2-1 first leg win over Man City in the Capital One Cup semis.
It's a quote you would have expected to come out sooner rather than later. As people look for reasons to Chelsea's demise this season, everyone connected with the club has been asked for their opinion and Petr Cech is no different.
As Chelsea have struggled this season, Petr Cech is being touted as providing Arsenal with a much more solid base to build from and Arsenal as a result are up at the top challenging as expected.