November 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm #1556255
Lol paganNovember 11, 2017 at 6:28 am #1556286
Frank Lampard’s comments re Emenalo as follows:
“I worked with Michael for seven or eight years and his role at the club coincided with the most successful period in Chelsea’s history so I think he deserves a lot of credit from that,” said Lampard.
“Everyone at Chelsea wishes him well as he moves on. In terms of myself, I don’t know. I’m a Chelsea person, I’d love to be involved with the club long-term in some way. We’ll see.”
Thats good enough for me. Let’s move on to another topic.November 11, 2017 at 8:19 am #1556292
1967, I appealed for us all to move on from this 3 days ago and I can’t believe some of the angst on this thread which has led to threats made towards individual posters which is something we’ve not seem on here before.
Where we go from here in respect of the TD role is far more important than anything else now imo.
We can’t pretend that there have not been differences of opinion as to what Michael Emenalo contributed to the club over his tenure but whether posters think that Michael Emenalo did or didn’t do a good job he gave 10 years to Chelsea and given that then imo he should leave with our thanks for those 10 years and our best wishes for the future.
Interestingly Frank this week out on an ambassadorial role in Japan for the club didn’t rule himself out of the running for that role/ a similar role.November 11, 2017 at 9:48 am #1556333
amazingly this International break could be our best. almost par Hazard, Courtois and Morata. the entire starting line up at home and rested. which gives us a fresh team vs Westrbrom. Azpi,Luiz,Pedro,Kante,Bakayoko,Drinkwater,Moses,Alonso,Fabregas and add that both Cahill and Christensen hasn’t played for their nations, which will give them only a single match each should they be selected next.November 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm #1556427
CMan, the internationals are always a worry mate look what happened to Kante and Hazard which had an enormous effect on our season.
Let’s hope every one returns to us injury free although Denmark will play two massive GA v Ireland between now and Tuesday and I would expect Denmark to select Christensen for both of them and sadly there is news if injuries to Michy and Bakayoko.November 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm #1556431
Its a big shame for Bakayoko to get injured. when he finally started to show his potential and worth, he gets a setback. let us hope nothing is serious. on a positive note both Drinkwater and Luiz can play there which compensates that lose. the only worry is Morata, with Michy injured right now, i can’t imagine us playing without a striker.November 12, 2017 at 7:38 am #1556515
Reports suggest that Gianfranco Zola is set to become the club’s Technical Director and that talks have already taken place.
Who knows? But if there is any truth to this it sounds good to me.November 12, 2017 at 9:39 am #1556530
The right choice for me IMO. he has an experience in management, he knows what football is all about. and most importantly he is an Italian who knows the club inside out. and he is acceptable to all parties, the fans, the board and Conte plus players.November 12, 2017 at 11:08 am #1556549
I would be wary of appointing Zola. We should not appoint him just because he was a most wonderful player and a lovely bloke. Zola was not a very successful manager and I think we would need to define what abilities are required to fill the Technical Director role and then seek the person who suits the role best. I would hate to see Zola get hammered on here the way Emenalo has been.
The highly intelligent Lampard might be a better candidate, though again it depends what the club want from the Technical Director.November 12, 2017 at 11:20 am #1556551
How is Lampard who has never managed a club is more qualified than Zola who has managed before? even if it was failure that is also experience compared to someone who has never managed before. if push comes to shove Zola is the better one of both men. Lampard is a wonderful man and was a wonderful player, but so to Zola was, and Zola has that added appeal of being Italian who has close relationship with Conte having played with him before.November 12, 2017 at 11:36 am #1556561
Alanp, let’s wait and see if there’s any truth in the rumours both Lampard and Zola would be good candidates imo and both have great gravitas.November 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm #1556664
Slightly off topic or maybe not given some of the criticism of the media on here lately but Natalie Gedra the Brazilian Journalist who writes for ESPN with an emphasis on Brazilian football made her Sunday Supplement debut today and she’s certainly a lot much more attractive than Neil Ashton.😊November 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm #1556857
chelsea.man I think Lampard would be a gamble because of his lack of experience, but I think he MIGHT be bright enough to succeed, I would certainly not regard him as a shoe in. I really do doubt that Zola would suit the role. The latest link is with the man who helped build last seasons Monaco side, now he does have a CV!November 13, 2017 at 1:01 pm #1556871
Not sure about Zola. He does not have the best track record as a manager implying a degree of uncertainty who to buy to turn things around…?
Would hate to see him take a role and then fail and have his reputation ruined…KTBFFHNovember 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm #1556913
The role of the TD is seemingly to act as a conduit between the Board and the Manager head up player recruitment both young potential players and first team starting eleven and squad players which requires good communication with the Manager as well as ensure that the Academy across all age groups is competitive and that the Coaches are developing players that will either create revenue for the club or can ultimately become part of the first team squad.
Personally I don’t see why someone with Zola’s gravitas couldn’t do that role whatever his lack of succses may have been as a club Manager. I’ve been lucky enough to meet Zola on a number of occasions and firstly he has a real aura about him but he is also extremely open and welcoming to all no matter their station.
The bonus could be that he’s Italian which might be a significant benefit if Conte was to now sign a new extended contract although given Zola’s character and gravitas I suspect he would dovetail well with any prospective Chelsea Manager the other major benefit should Conte stay and should we appoint Zola is that they are both Italian which would aid the relationship and communication.
Additionally any prospective player particularly the young up and coming one’s would imo react very favourably to someone as renowned as Zola talking them through the benefits of signing for Chelsea especially as he’s been there and done it in spades.
But as I said earlier on this thread Zola is just a rumour and we don’t know whether there is anything in it or even whether Emenalo will be replaced and if he is replaced whether the role will be the same as it was or not.
As for Zola souring his reputation at Chelsea particularly with the fans personally I can’t see any way that will happen particularly as with Emenalo it’s very difficult to objectively question the performance of the TD and most of the cynicsism towards Emenalo related to his questionable CV to join Chelsea as a Coach, his appointment by Grant who himself had significant question marks against him , his appointment to assist Carlo after Wilkins sacking and his “palpable discord” interview when he refused to call Mourinho by name.
Zola is a legend at Chelsea and always will be imo which again imo would stand him in good stead should things go awry at times.
Latest rumour is that if there is to be a TD appointment it won’t happen until the Summer?November 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm #1556958
999, in addition to your post, he or she needs to establish a rapport between the club, player, parents and agents that encourages trust and manages expectations. We have to show there is a development path but it needs patience from all parties hopefully Tammy and RLC will show what is possible if both parties use the loan system correctly and for its full course…PaganNovember 13, 2017 at 4:08 pm #1556959
Pagan – regarding your point that is why I would like to see an ex player to be appointed and preferably someone that the younger players could look up to (not totally convinced that Vialli or Gullit fit that bill but Zola, Frank or Drogs would IMO)
Must admit I would be a bit wary of waiting until the end of the season simply because if Marina is out of her depth then the season could go very badly. Just random thoughts at the moment but this is exactly the type of situation that someone like Roman should be prepared for and have had a plan A and B on the backburner so I will leave it up to him to make the eventual call. KTBFFHNovember 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm #1556978
999 – All very salient points re a potential Zola appointment. Lucky you for having met the great man. My thought on this is that, if I were Marina, I would certainly not want a popular ex player in the role, as she would then be the obvious scape goat for when things are going less than perfectly! We see on here, despite people not really knowing who does what, the avaricious appetites for such scape goats, and I think people would be reluctant to blame a club legend so she would get the lot! Not a good position for her to be in!November 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm #1556984
I have every confidence at Zola to fulfill that role. he has the footballing experience and the managerial experience to fulfill that role. if you judge him on the bases of the jobs he has lost. even Mourinho has lost. nowadays football is a crazy sport as soon as the manager loses a few games they are gone.November 13, 2017 at 6:43 pm #1556989
DOF, TD call it whateverv you like, it has to be one of the most difficult jobs in a club. For me this roles is there to make sure the coach gets the type of player he wants, be that a bespoke purchase or from the academy and youth system.
What makes it so difficult are the sums of money involved in the buying of players of the quality we require, and keep going cap in hand for those sums of money is difficult. From the academy side not only does they need to produce the type of player that the coach wants, it really also need to be self funding, or go someway to being so. The reall difficulty of course is producing the type of player does the coach wants, as the coach seems to change 2-3 years, what he requires changes. Stability in the style and evolution of how we play is the key, the coaches may change but the ethos of the club ands its style must remain….Pagan
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