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  2. Wilfried Zaha

    According to the Guardian: No. Not to say that will stop a team making a mammoth bid next year. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/15/wilfried-zaha-signs-new-deal-to-become-best-paid-player-at-crystal-palace
  3. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    Two goals for Diego and also managed to kick Ramos in the head. Come back to SW 6
  4. Today
  5. Victor Moses has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 27 in order to focus on his Chelsea club career and family. The right wing-back made this known on he’s Instagram page this evening. I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international […]View the full article
  6. Wilfried Zaha

    Maybe there's a buy out clause in his new contract?
  7. The Board

    Speaking the obvious but the most important thing about getting the Director of Football is that the person has to be on the same page as the manager. If they are, then it could work out like Txiki Begiristain and Guardiola at Man City right now. If one person is thinking A and the other thinking B, then problems will definitely arise. There is a piece on the DoF situation at Man United on ESPN FC and I largely agreed with the points made on that position. http://global.espn.com/football/club/manchester-united/360/blog/post/3597132/for-manchester-united-is-a-director-of-football-the-answer
  8. Wilfried Zaha

  9. Dear God what a goal. Ramos has no defensive awareness, no brain, only raw power and speed like always.
  10. The Board

    Agree about the manager but our are basically told they are purely the head coach But I think they should always have a big say and have a veto.
  11. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    Great goal from Costa 1st minute of european supercup
  12. The Board

    Having a director of football is a double ended sword. Plenty pros but also plenty cons. Ultimately I think if you have a good manager you should give him the power to sign players. If you have a manager with a good reputation or has a clear philosophy, good players will want to play for them anyway. Fair enough you see guys like Mochi who has done an amazing job with Sevilla firstly and also doing well at Roma and the guy who I believe was at Monaco? Lucas Campos? But again, known this clubs behaviour and patterns regarding managers, signings and all the other stuff, do these guys get final say over a manager in regards to a player? If things go wrong do they get more control in football related things than a manager? Or for example, what about Avram Grant for instance when he was here before he became manager, there was serious talk that his position as DOF undermined Mourinho's as manager and that among other things ultimately led to his dismissal and Grant being put in place as the manager. If a DOF appointment is made it has to be right guy and they have to be kept in check to do certain things. The thing is as well its not exactly a well refined position as every club that has one, their DOF do different jobs entirely than some of the other ones. It is very much a delicate decision to find the right one.
  13. Kevin de Bruyne

    City will be fine. De Bruyne is a brilliant player but Bernardo Silva has shown he is more than capable of playing in that role and excelling. If the community shield and also the game against Arsenal is anything to go by Silva's performances probably would have kept him in the team anyway. Scary how they can just lose somebody like De Bruyne to injury and pop somebody in as good as him or even play Gundogan in that position. Crazy squad depth.
  14. The Board

    We need a DOF with some knowledge of football. He should be in charge of the scouting team and all incoming outgoing transfers. And work hand in glove with the manager in all matters. Granny is for making the deal happen that the DOF wants doing. 2 totally separate jobs. Or is she now a dictatorship? Chelsea step up search for new technical director to succeed Michael Emenalo https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/08/15/chelsea-step-search-new-technical-director-succeed-michael-emenalo/
  15. Thibaut Courtois

    Hellova header!
  16. Kevin de Bruyne

    Going to be out 3 or 4 months then eh? Dont like seeing players injured and they got backups but they will be missing our midfield!
  17. The Board

  18. Thibaut Courtois

  19. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    I saw this tweet before and thought it was not a serious one. I guess I was wrong after seeing the defenders training alone
  20. The Board

    Granovskaia will continue to take the lead over player transfer and contract negotiations.
  21. 10. Eden Hazard

    I heard he was getting the job in october at Juve. I think it is still on. Meanwhile... Hazard practicing shooting in training today...
  22. Kevin de Bruyne

    Same knee, the right one Kevin De Bruyne could be out for four months after suffering knee injury in training https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/08/15/kevin-de-bruyne-could-two-months-suffering-knee-injury-training/
  23. The Board

  24. Kevin de Bruyne

    Bugga! Poor old ginger minge! same leg as last time I wonder?
  25. The English Football Thread

    Oh, I thought that image was from some sports blog, lolol cool
  26. 29. Álvaro Morata

    I am all in on Morata until January window, he needs to come good in a big way. I am going to just be patient, as we really have no choice, I dont think Giroud is anywhere near good enough and Abraham looks a bust. Flat track bully in Championship, shit in EPL.
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