The Manager

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John Terry - Captain, Leader, Legend....Player/Manager?!?

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It's long been expected that John Terry would begin a managerial career after his playing days with Chelsea are finished. Now, there here are suggestions that this could happen sooner rather than later. The notion that John Terry could be appointed Player/Manager for Chelsea for the rest of the season is being thrown around.

Chelsea's Revolving Door Policy for Managers Needs to End!

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At times it's like a game of 'guess who' at Stamford Bridge with the constant fluctuance of personnel changes. Not so much with players, but the backroom staff are often moved on at a moments notice, so much so that it's becoming more and more difficult to follow just who is currently at the club.

The Helmsman - Mourinho or Pep?

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As the title implies, this question is with regards to our management. As mentioned in CD (and just about everywhere else, for that matter), Pep has stated his desire to return to coaching after this season. Furthermore, reports are aplenty in recent weeks about the issues Mourinho has with Madrid, or the issues Madrid has with Mourinho, and just about every other varying scenario involving these parties.

Di Matteo to stick with 4-2-3-1 until end of season?

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Two things stood out for me last night with Roberto Di Matteo's team selection. First of all it was our formation. With Mikel brought back into the side RDM adopted the 4-2-3-1 formation with Raul Meireles playing next to him and both had good games.

Second of all, the fact that Juan Mata was brought into the middle behind Torres and more or less given licence to roam in a similar role to David Silva.

Only one person bigger than our dressing room - Mourinho.

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I was reading an article in The Sun this morning and for one of the only times I can remember, it made perfect sense which says alot right now. The question of Roman Abramovich's next step and who he will appoint as manager will be discussed from here on in until the summer. Names that are already been linked with the club are: Benitez, Guardiola, Redknapp, Capello and Mourinho.

IT'S TORRES' FAULT THAT CARLO GOT SACKED!

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Early today an article stating ex-Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly caught my attention as he claimed that the reason Carlo Ancelotti was sacked was purely because he couldn't get the best out of Fernando Torres and nothing else.

Now straight away I thought to myself "Are you for real!

Can Villas-Boas handle the so called "Ego's" at Chelsea?

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I think the question we are asking ourselves with the news today that it looks more or less certain that Andre Villas-Boas will be named the new Chelsea manager very soon is:
Can he handle the big ego's at Chelsea?

The general consensus of opinion outside of Stamford Bridge is that there are certain players who hold some clout within that dressing room and seeing someone come to "manage" them being the same age could cause problems.

VILLAS BOAS OFFERS RESIGNATION TO PORTO

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Breaking news on Sky this morning. Andre Villas-Boas has offered his resignation to Porto this morning.

It's seems Roman Abramovich has got his man. What do you think about AVB now knowing it's more or less certain he is coming?.

The question remains, will he come here alone, with players and with Guus Hiddink eventually?

AVB

AVB SACKED - HE HAD TO GO!

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There I was having a beer with my dad this afternoon when news broke that AVB had been sacked and I will be honest, I knew it was going to happen and thought to myself it's about time.

Before I get slated on here by Chelsea fans who want to look to the future and things like that I want to make my point.

AVB - Now it's time to repay the faith Roman has given you!.

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I had my rant after the game here which created a bit of a stir (rightly so, and have had some time to think. As a result, I want to focus on the ONLY positive that came out of the defeat at Everton and that was AVB's admission he got it wrong.

Now like I said in my rant, I have been a supporter of AVB from the moment we was announced as our manager right up to the game yesterday, but as we all know, what I witnessed has changed my opinion.

DEBATE: WILL AVB'S HIGH DEFENSIVE LINE EVER WORK?

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With news that Chelsea are looking at a deal for a new right back and rumours that the Gary Cahill deal will be done and dusted by tomorrow, I am just wondering if AVB will revert back to his approach of playing with a high defensive line?.

We have seen that he tried to implement his "high", "medium" and "low" block approach during the beginning of the season and Chelsea suffered badly with heavy defeats away at United and then at home to Arsenal.

"I want to make it clear I'm 100% behind the manager!"

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JT has spoken about about stories of a dressing room revolt, backing the manager, celebrating the goals yesterday and of the hard line that AVB has installed at the club today.

In a fantastic interview featured here he said:
"I want to make it clear I'm 100 per cent behind the manager.

You have only yourselves to blame for this mess!

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It's headlines like this we wake up to this morning with The Sun claiming from their so called "Chelsea source" that there is player unrest and AVB has lost the dressing room.

The basis of this information has come about because apparently Nico Anelka was banned from the club's Xmas do by AVB so the players organised a separate one and didn't tell AVB for Anelka.

From turning the corner to the title being over - what's going on!

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How many times this season have we looked like we can beat anyone and then in an instant struggle to win games?. It's so frustrating once again this season and Saturday against Fulham proved to me once again that when sides come to the Bridge and line up defensively, we struggle to break them down.

AVB on the Lampard situation: 'He's not the only one!"

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After Frank Lampard came on and scored the winner against Manchester City in the week, he was asked after the game about being on the bench the last couple of games. His response made headlines in the media and was spoken about on here. Lampard's response was of surprise as he said straight after the game:
"I want to play, simple as that, I'm as fit as I've ever been.

AVB: CREDIT THE MANAGER FOR MAKING A BIG CALL.

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I said before the Valencia game that we needed our big players to put in big performances and to stand up and be counted and lead the rest of the team to victory. They did exactly what we asked for and we got a fantastic result.

I said the same again for yesterday against City and although understated, they still all played a part in getting the right result.

"City will understand the importance of the challenge we pose them"

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Tonight is huge and AVB has had his say ahead of the game. He has spoken of City's fantastic start to the Premier League campaign so far this season, what a win would mean to them tonight but to remember this is Chelsea they face tonight.

He said:
"City set an extreme standard of performance, They have made one of the best starts ever to the Premier League and the further they go in the league with the amount of wins they're having, the more they'll believe this is their year.

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS HAS HAD ENOUGH!!!

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We have all got used to the negativity that surrounds Chelsea from most of the written press and the media. We accept that as soon as something doesn't go our way it will be jumped on and dragged through the papers for days. I have mentioned on here about old dried up ex-pro's who have nothing else better to do even getting involved.

It the lapses in concentration that has cost us away!

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AVB held his pre match press conference yesterday and was keen to point out that Chelsea will not be sitting back to try and keep a clean sheet to progress to the knockout stages tonight but will be going all out to win the game which is good to hear.

He said:
People have seen us play enough now to be sure we always take the initiative in games, We know that Valencia want to get something because a goal for them makes the game even more difficult for us, but we won't change our strategy just because it is an important game

We will take the initiative and we don't play counter attack or use the long balls.

"CHELSEA ARE NOT IN CRISIS!"

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That's the verdict of AVB has he took on his press conference with the media ahead of tomorrow's game against Newcastle.

As we all know the pressure on the manager here is immense according to the media because of the levels of expectation that is demanded by the owner. AVB was quick to defend his role here and said:

"I am 100 per cent certain I will be at Chelsea at the end of the season.

Well excuse me AVB - I have a right to be anxious!

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Source: ESPN Soccernet
I have to say that I am finding it increasingly difficult being a Chelsea fan at the moment. I have been and will be a Chelsea fan all my life and will support them through thick and thin. I have seen good times in recent seasons and plenty of bad times at this club. I stood on the old shed end and supported Chelsea week in, week out when we were in the old second division so I know just how bad it can be.

(VIDEO) AVB ON WOLVES

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“It is legitimate that people are not happy - from the fans to the media!"

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In arguably one of the most difficult press conferences he has ever had to face being a manager, let alone Chelsea manager, AVB admitted that our run has been unacceptable and continues to believe that he can turn things round.

Here are the key parts of the press conference yesterday:
"We have spoken about results – and results in football are key to a manager's sustainability.

AVB: "There shouldn't be any dramatic changes"

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AVB has taken his pre match press conference this afternoon ahead of the Wolves game and has revealed that Ashley Cole is fit to play, has revealed there will not be dramatic changes to the squad and has spoken of team meetings ahead of the game. He said:
'There will be no radical changes in terms of the 19 players in the squad, There shouldn't be any dramatic changes.

AVB "We have to have belief to get back to winning ways".

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Never one to shirk away from this responsibility to speak to the media, Andre Villas-Boas was quick to speak honestly and openly about our recent form. He said:
It looks bad for us at the moment. It has not been the brightest of starts - the worst for quite some time - but we have to have belief and believe in the work to get back to winning ways.

AVB CHARGED. DO YOU THINK HE SHOULD RESPOND?

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Back on Friday, the FA confirmed that they have charged AVB for his comments made after our defeat at Loftus Road against QPR. The statement from the FA said:
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has been charged with improper conduct by The FA, following media comments he made about the match official after his side's match at Queens Park Rangers on 23 October 2011.

AVB: There’s a belief that things will go our way again soon.

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AVB is under pressure apparently and the media focus this week has been our recent run of poor form. We all know we should have defended better against the Arsenal and beaten Genk this week but is it just a case of being unlucky at not being able to put the ball in the net and it has cost us as Petr Cech has stated?

AVB: "I don't think I said anything I shouldn't have"

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I have said time and time again on my blog that the more I hear from AVB, the more I like him. Take yesterday's developments in his pre match press conference ahead of the Everton game tonight, he was asked to comment on the fact that Chelsea have been charged with the standard "failure to control their players" charge after receiving seven yellow cards and two red cards in the game in addition to being asked himself, to explain comments he made after the QPR game about Referee Chris Foy.

DEJA-VU AS CHELSEA EYE A DECADE FOR THE MANAGER!

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Bruce Buck is given an interview quoted on the BBC Sport website and has spoken of AVB's impact at the club and the fact that he could be our manager for the next 10-15 years. He said:
"We do envy Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in terms of longevity, but it shouldn't be longevity for longevity's sake.

AVB on Sturridge: "He creates unpredictability."

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I noticed an interview published before the Bolton game and bookmarked it to refer back to today and especially now after yesterdays result, it is even more appropriate to discuss it now.

AVB was speaking of Danny Sturridge and what he offers Chelsea and his team and has compared him to "Hulk" of Porto.

TERRY: "AVB IS A MODERN MANAGER AND NOT OLD SCHOOL"

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John Terry is featured giving an in depth interview on all things Chelsea this coming Friday evening on Chelsea TV and in that interview he speaks of AVB giving his honest opinions. A part of that interview has been published in the Guardian this afternoon.

So, on AVB since he has come in and pre season, Terry said:
"He's come in and, really, from day one, he's been on the ball and on the button with us all.

Mourinho still the benchmark?

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Petr Cech has alot of attention today after his interview has been published in various media outlets today. The focus of attention is on his comment's on the situation with the manager at Chelsea. AVB is his seventh different manager at the club since he signed in the summer of 2004 and believes that the time Mourinho spent at the club remains the benchmark.

"I am confident that I can respond to Chelsea's expectations" - AVB

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Andre Villas-Boas continues to be quoted from his interviews that took place at Stamford Bridge yesterday. First was his interview with the Official Website and last night in an interview with Chelsea TV, AVB is quoted once again. He said:
'We just want to introduce our philosophy and mould it into what is the culture of English football and English players.

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ANDRE VILLAS BOAS CONFIRMED AS CHELSEA MANAGER

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Chelsea have officially confirmed Andre Villas Boas as our new manager a moment ago. The statement on Chelseafc.com reads:
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce that Andre Villas-Boas will be the club's new manager.

He has signed a three-year contract and will start work immediately.

VIDEO: Andre Villas Boas - The Chosen One

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Rumours

Villas Boas to manage Chelsea without Hiddink?

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It's seems that it will only be a matter of days now until Chelsea reveal that Andre Villas Boas will be the new Chelsea manager after, according to reports, Guus Hiddink couldn't come to an agreement with Chelsea.

I posted yesterday about the Hiddink / Villas Boas possible link up as Director of Football and First Team Coach and it seems that this was partly right until Villas Boas "reportedly" threw a spanner in the works.

Villas-Boas & Hiddink Chelsea's future?

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Bookies have slashed the odds on Andre Villas-Boas becoming the new Chelsea manager over the weekend and this morning from 8/1 - 11/10 and have reportedly suspended the betting!.

After weeks of speculation about who the main man was going to be at Chelsea, it seems there could be two arriving at Stamford Bridge with Guus Hiddink coming in as Director of Football and Andre Villas-Boas as the new First Team Coach.

GOURLAY: In my opinion, everything he said points to Hiddink!

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Ron Gourlay is featured in today's press speaking of the search for a new manager at the club and also of the clubs transfer plans. When asked about the current speculation regarding the manager he said:
"It's a big season for us coming up. Things didn't go as well as we hoped last season and plans are very much in place for next season to be back winning trophies.

The Rest

Smart move by Abramovich as Bobby and Eddie steady the ship!.

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It was no surprise that Roberto Di Matteo's first move was to bring in Chelsea man Eddie Newton into the club to work alongside him. The two of them have had a good relationship since their playing days and have taken that into a great working relationship.

I think it's a smart move by Roman Abramovich to hand the reigns over to Di Matteo and again for Di Matteo to bring Eddie into the club.

Capello Quits: Time for the ‘Soccer Spring’

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The FA has a finely polished tin ear going back centuries, and the politburo of blazers decide. Let the England coach be chosen by a referendum of the fans!