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New Chelsea manager and match fixing

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New Chelsea Manager And Match Fixing

New Chelsea manager and match fixing

The new Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte,s has just been acquitted of involvement in match fixing. It was alleged that he knew about a match being fixed involving the side he managed at the time, Siena and did not report it.

Prosecutors had asked for a suspended six-month jail term and a fine. but the prosecutor decided there was no blame attached to him.

Back in 2012, Conte did serve a four-month suspension after failing to report his assistant Cristian Stellini's involvement in potential match-fixing, while at Siena.

If you have been involved in match fixing you shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the game and you certainly shouldn't be allowed to have involvement with youth players. He and Chelsea should fit like a glove.

New Chelsea manager and match fixing New Chelsea manager and match fixing Reviewed by THBlogNews on 6:30 pm Rating: 5

Incompetent investigation into Chelsea

11:15 pm
The favouritism shown to Chelsea each season we have seen continue today with the sort of refereeing decisions they regularly get. 

This was confirmed by the FA investigation into manager Jose Mourinho which from th outside appears to be nothing more than a whitewash with a pre-determined outcome. They have found the answer they wanted to find by astoundingly not asking the victim for any evidence.

Incompetent investigation into Chelsea

They were investigating alleged remarks made to former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro by Jose Mourinho during this season's game against Swansea. She was not asked to make a statement and was the subject of sexual abuse at the West Ham game last season, again the FA refused to ask her for a statement.
"I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8th of August via the press. I was at no stage requested by the FA to make a statement. 
"I wonder whether this might be the only formal investigation in this country where the evidence of the individuals involved in the incident was not considered relevant. Choosing to ignore some of the evidence will surely influence the outcome of the findings. 
"Last season I had a similar experience at a game at West Ham FC, where I was subject to verbal abuse. Following complaints by the public, the FA produced a communication to the press saying there had been no sexist chanting during this game. At no time was I approached for a statement despite the fact that vile unacceptable, sexually explicit abuse was clearly heard. 
"It is incidents such as these and the lack of support from the football authorities that make it so difficult for women in the game."
Clearly the investigation isn't intended to find the truth or intended to punish unacceptable behaviour. To not ask a victim to make a statement is inexplicable in any competent investigation.

Incompetent investigation into Chelsea Incompetent investigation into Chelsea Reviewed by THBlogNews on 11:15 pm Rating: 5

One bout under AVB's belt, bring on bout number two

10:30 pm
A year is a devil of a long time in the life of a Premier League football manager, none more so than our own AVB.

Hounded out of Chelsea by old men unwilling to change. The press were having a field day, punch after punch rained down on him. Abramovich stopped the fight and declared AVB the loser. The young pretender went away to lick his wounds. Daniel Levy saw his opportunity. One mistake doesn't suddenly mean a loss of ability, he just needed someone to have faith in him.

Joe Lewis wanted Harry Redknapp out, so Levy was in a strong position, a man of quality was available cheap. Unfortunately England didn't play ball and wouldn't pay the compensation to take Harry from us, so appointed a dinosaur on cheap wages to take the nation's football backwards. Never mind, a guy regarded as one of the best up and coming managers in world football was available and whilst Chelsea paid £15.5 million to get him, he was available on a free to Daniel, just the sort of deal he likes.

Out with the old, in with the new. A new young man with ambition, with vitality and a vision that matched our own, to build a dynasty of success based around youth.

Optimism abounded, a new world class training facility, a new season dawned, a new approach, new ideas, a new mentality, the no excuse culture was born. Time for his first bout.

Round One saw AVB saw gentle sparring, a no lose approach which saw forwards taken off for defensive players to protect what we had. Things did not go to plan, the opposition spotted our weakness and kept grabbing late points.

Round Two brought a change of approach. Hanging on was dispensed with, a subtle shift in Bale's role pushing him wider and further forward brought greater belief and the results started to flow.

Round Three saw more of the same, a period on top, picking off opponents as we went about our work.

Round Four again saw AVB make a tactical change, Bale was given a free role, the gamble that his attacking would outweigh the defensive problems it would create. A period of adjustment.

Round Five and we receive a blow, Sandro falls injured, we have to regroup and eek out points.

Round Six and we went for the knock out, racking up the points the end of the bout was in sight.

Round Seven and we started to tie up, tension, fear allowed opponents back in.

Round Eight and it's tight, we are fight on guts, it'll come down to a points decision. Alas it doesn't go our way.

His first bout for us and a narrow points defeat but there was promise, something to work on. The coach knows his boxer now and is working areas to take him to the next level.

Bring on bout number two.

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Premier League Clubs transfer activity so far

10:15 am
The summer transfer window will stay open until 11pm on Monday, 2 September this year.

A quick round up thus far.

Arsenal - (Gunners)
Yaya Sanogo (Auxerre, free)

Andrey Arshavin (released)
Denilson (Sao Paulo, free)
Sebastien Squillaci (released)
Martin Angha (Nuremberg, undisclosed)
Craig Eastmond (Colchester, free)
Conor Henderson (released)
Jernade Meade (released)
Sanchez Watt (released)
Johan Djourou (Hamburg, loan)
Vito Mannone (Sunderland, £2 million)
Francis Coquelin (Freiburg, loan)

Aston Villa - (Villans)
Aleksandar Tonev (Lech Poznan, £2.5 million)
Jores Okore (Nordsjaelland, undisclosed)
Leandro Bacuna (Groningen, undisclosed)
Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, undisclosed)
Antonio Luna (Sevilla, undisclosed)
Jed Steer (Norwich, free)

Richard Dunne (released)
Eric Lichaj (released)
Jean Makoun (Rennes, undisclosed)
Andy Marshall (released)
Derrick Williams (Bristol City, free)

Cardiff City - (Bluebirds)
Andreas Cornelius (Copenhagen, £7.5 million)

Stephen McPhail (released)
Heidar Helguson (released)
Nat Jarvis (released)

Chelsea - (Blues)
Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £18 million)
Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem, £9 million)
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, free)

Yossi Benayoun (released)
Paulo Ferreira (released)
Florent Malouda (released)
Hilario (released)
Ross Turnbull (released)
Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, loan)
Patrick Bamford (MK Dons, loan)
Jeffrey Bruma (PSV, £2.5 million)

Crystal Palace - (Eagles)
Dwight Gayle (Peterborough, £8.5 million)
Stephen Dobbie (Brighton, undisclosed)
Jerome Thomas (West Brom, free)

Jermaine Easter (Millwall, free)

Everton - (Toffees)
Arouna Kone (Wigan, £6 million)
Joel Robles (Atletico Madrid, undisclosed)
Antolin Alcaraz (Unattached, free)
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, loan)

Phil Neville (released)
Thomas Hitzlsperger (released)
Jan Mucha (released)
Jake Bidwell (Brentford, undisclosed)

Fulham (Cottagers)
Sascha Riether (Cologne, undisclosed)
Derek Boateng (Dnipro, undisclosed)
Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao, free)
Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma, undisclosed)

Chris Baird (released)
Simon Davies (released)
Mahamadou Diarra (released)
Georgios Karagounis (released)
Mladen Petric (released)
Mark Schwarzer (released)
Tom Donegan (released)
Alex Smith (released)
Dan Burn (Birmingham, loan)

Hull City - (Tigers)
George Boyd (Peterborough, free)
Maynor Figueroa (Wigan, free)
Curtis Davies (Birmingham, undisclosed)
Allan McGregor (Besiktas, £1.8 million
Ahmed Elmohamady (Sunderland, £2 million)

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth, free)
Danny East (Portsmouth, free)
Mark Cullen (Hull, free)
Andy Dawson (released)
Jamie Devitt (released)
Paul McKenna (released)
Seyi Olofinjana (released)
Jay Simpson (released)

Liverpool - (Reds)
Kolo Toure (Liverpool, free)
Luis Alberto (Seville, £6.8 million)
Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo, £7.5 million)
Simon Mignolet (Sunderland, £9 million)

Danny Wilson (Hearts, free)
Jamie Carragher (retired)
Andy Carroll (West Ham £15.5 million)
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea, £6 million)

Manchester City - (Citizens)
Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30 million)
Jesus Navas (Sevilla, £23 million)

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian, free)
Kolo Toure (Liverpool, free)
Wayne Bridge (Reading, free)
Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga, free)
Carlos Tevez (Juventus, £10 million)

Manchester United - (Red Devils)
Guillermo Varela (Penarol, £1 million)

Paul Scholes (retired)

Newcastle United - (Magpies, Toon)
Olivier Kemen (Metz, undisclosed)

Steve Harper (released)
Danny Simpson (released)
James Perch (Wigan, £700,000)

Norwich City - (Canaries)
Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting Lisbon, £8.6 million)
Javier Garrido (Lazio, undisclosed)
Nathan Redmond (Birmingham, undisclosed)
Carlo Nash (Stoke - Norwich, free)
Martin Olsson (Blackburn, free)

James Vaughan (Huddersfield, undisclosed)
Jed Steer (Aston Villa, free)
Chris Martin (Derby, free)
Marc Tierney (Bolton, free)
Simeon Jackson (released)
Korey Smith (Oldham, free)
Elliott Ward (Bournemouth, free)
Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham, free)
George Francomb (released)
Lee Camp (released)
Declan Rudd (Preston, loan)

Southampton Town - (Saints)
Dejan Lovren (Lyon, £8.5 million)

Frazer Richardson (released)
Danny Butterfield (released)
Danny Seaborne (released)
Ryan Dickson (released)
Ben Reeves (released)
Sam Hoskins (released)

Stoke City - (Potters)
Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven £3.1 million)
Marc Muniesa (Barcelona, free)

Jermaine Pennant (released)
Matthew Upson (released)
Rory Delap (released)
Matthew Lund (released)
Mamady Sidibe (released)
Michael Owen (retired)
Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough, free)
Carlo Nash (Norwich, free)

Sunderland - (Black Cats)
Modibo Diakite (Lazio, free)
Duncan Watmore (Altrincham, undisclosed)
Valentin Roberge (Maritimo, free)
Cabral (Basle, free)
David Moberg Karlsson (IFK Gothenburg, free)
Vito Mannone (Arsenal, £2 million)
Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar, undisclosed)
El Hadji Ba (Le Havre, free)

Titus Bramble (released)
Matthew Kilgallon (released)
Ryan Noble (released)
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool, £9 million)
Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull, £2 million)

Swansea City - (Swans)
Jose Canas (Real Betis, free)
Jordi Amat (Espanyol, £2.5 million)
Jonathan De Guzman (Villarreal, loan)
Alejandro Pozuelo (Real Betis, £425,000)
Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool, £6 million)
Gregor Zabret (NK Domzale, undisclosed)
Alex Gogic (Olympiacos, free)
Wilfried Bony (Vitesse Arnhem, £12 million)

Mark Gower (Charlton, free)
David Cornell (St Mirren, loan)
Gwion Edwards (St Johnstone, loan)
Kyle Bartley (Birmingham, loan)

Tottenham Hotspur - (Spurs, Lilywhites)
Paulinho (Corinthians, £17 million)

William Gallas (released)
John Bostock (released)
David Bentley (released)
Jack Munns (released)
Jake Nicholson (released)
Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town, free)
Grant Hall (Swindon Town, loan)
Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town, loan)
Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town, loan)

West Bromwich Albion - (Baggies)
Goran Popov (Dynamo Kiev, loan)

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest, free)
Marc-Antoine Fortune (released)
Zoltan Gera (released)
James Hurst (Crawley Town, free)
Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace, free)

West Ham United - (Hammers)
Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk, free)
Adrian (Real Betis, undisclosed)
Andy Carroll (Liverpool, £15.5 million)
Danny Whitehead (Stockport County, undisclosed)

Carlton Cole (released)
Gary O’Neil (released)
Rob Hall (Bolton, free)

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Spurs BT Sport channel TV fixtures

2:47 pm
New boys in the TV football market BT, who are promoted by Gareth Bale, have also announced their first set of fixtures for the upcoming season.

The first Tottenham Hotspur game on the BT Sport channel is the lunch time fixture (12.45) against Chelsea on Saturday September 28th at White Hart Lane.

Our only other game on BT at the moment is against Manchester United in another lunch time fixture (12.45) at White Hart Lane on Saturday November 30th.

Our complete TV fixtures so far announced, SKY unless stated:
Sun Aug 18: Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur (1:30pm)
Sun Sept 1: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (4pm)
Sat Sept 28: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea (BT Sport 12.45pm)
Sun Oct 20: Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur (4pm)
Sun Nov 3: Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (1.30pm)
Sun Nov 10: Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United (12pm)
Sat Nov 23: Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (5.30pm)
Sat Nov 30: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United (BT Sport 12.45pm)

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Has the Modric Non-Request Shocked You?

7:11 am
Personally, it hasn't shocked me. I watched Luka live in the last three to four matches last season. You could tell something wasn't quite right. He looked frustrated. For the first time, it looked as though he had developed Keaneitis - the degenerative disorder some footballers unfortunately inherit, in which they can't help but throw their arms up in the air like a runway controller. He looked tired and upset.

Maybe it was because he knew the Tottenham Hotspur Board didn't possess either the cash to bring in the top players, i.e. a striker, or the want to? Maybe he thought "hold on a second! I earn 20k per week after Cameron takes away 50% so Bill and Kate can have their ding-dong wedding, whilst that muppet over on-loan at West Ham is taking home double what I'm earning!" Maybe?

So then, what are our options? Well, to be frank, there aren't any. We have to sell him. The bugger of this situation is that he wants to stay in London, meaning the ball is firmly in Chelsea's court. When talk of both Manchester clubs being seriously interested in Modric first sparked, I could picture Levy licking his lips with the thought of yet another drawn out transfer saga in which he was the winner. With Chelsea being the only club in contention, he'd better apply some lip balm as some serious chapping could develop. I thought the 22 million offer was a bit suspect. Why would moneybags Chelsea make a silly offer, unless they knew something Levy and co. didn't? I think we all know why now.

I have a feeling we could be seeing Frank Lampard in a Spurs shirt plus some cash. That's football.

Good bye Modric. Your quality will most definitely be missed.

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Redknapp really could leave Tottenham Hotspur

11:48 am
Staying? Going?
As I am sure you've heard, Harry Redknapp has emerged as the shock favourite to fill the position left vacant by Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea.

Redknapp’s odds to replace the former AC Milan manager have been slashed as owner Roman Abramovich goes in search of the man who he believes can bring him success in the Champions League. That'll be 'Arry then.

It's looking as though the Russian has been impressed with Tottenham’s performances in Europe’s leading club competition this season. Redknapp has come in for criticism by the way we missed out on the Champions League places for next season to Man City. You've got to admit that with only three wins in our last 15 games in all competitions, Chelsea is the only place left for old Harry.

Now Redknapp is the favourite for the role, report that the Spurs board would not stand in the way of an approach from Chelsea, although he does still have two years remaining on his deal at White Hart Lane and is the favourite to replace Fabio Capello as England manager once the Italian steps down after Euro 2012.

If anything, it looks as though we're to blame again; the Spurs phone-in public. I mean, who are we to start asking questions about the manner in which our club surrendered the final remaining Champions League spot? I suppose we're the "idiots" for maybe wanting some more off our Lilywhite lads?

Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe and Sebastian Bassong have all spoken out about their frustration at Spurs, while a list of players headed up by Wilson Palacios and Jermain Jenas have been told they are free to leave the club.

But perhaps the over-riding factor against a move for Redknapp by Chelsea is there reluctance to go for a British manager with minimal experience at the top level.

Ancelotti’s former assistant at Chelsea Ray Wilkins enforces the belief the Blues would likely favour a manager from with extensive Champions League experience – with Marco Van Basten and Guus Hiddink said to be their main targets.

"I personally don’t see Chelsea going for a Brit, but Harry has come in to the frame. There must be some smoke out there in the footballing world so we’ll wait and see what happens. It’s been the last couple of years where Chelsea have gone for foreign managers so I see no reason why they won’t go for another one," Wilkins told the Godfather of all thing football, TalkSport, with Durham as Master and Commander.

Redknapp himself has dismissed the links with Chelsea and insists he is happy, but after a season which proved to be one of extremes (although Redknapp and I, to a degree, somewhat bafflingly, describe it as Tottenham’s best ever), Redknapp finds himself at a crucial period during his time with us. He's also said to be unhappy with the club’s transfer policy and the lack of backing from the board, although whether this rumour is true or not will be proved this summer as Redknapp goes in search of improving his squad. It must have been another Board that bought the likes of Palacios for 14 million then...

For every Sandro, who we will miss when he goes off to play in the 2011 Copa America tournament later this year, there has been a Kevin Prince "Jackson" Boateng or Giovanni Dos Santos.

He will likely hold out for the England job next summer, but he will have to be careful about not alienating fans or his squad further, or he will risk being pushed before he is jumped.

Thing is, if I were Levy, I would sit down with Redknapp and ask him to sign a new long-term deal with club, in effect ruling himself out of the England and any other jobs. I would give him a two week period in which to think about it. If he decided to not sign the deal after two weeks, I would hand him his P45 and wish him all the best. After all, how can the club plan for the next few years if they're unsure about the manager?

I have a feeling the Redknapp conundrum will be sorted when this court case is done and dusted.

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Spurs Could Go 3rd

5:14 pm
The City result went our way today with them slipping up against a worked up Wolves side. The Goons beat the Spammers and Chelsea won against Blackburn.

If we can beat Manchester United, and it's more than likely that we can, we will go 3rd in the Premier League. We are in 5th at the moment with 15 points.

I watched the Wolves vs. Manchester City game and once again, City showed me that they are a manager short of making the big time.

Harry Redknapp has opted for Robbie Keane instead of Peter Crouch as our lone striker with Rafa van der Vaart playing off him. Modric and Jenas will hold the central midfield roles, whilst Lennon and Bale will be on the wings. Kaboul and Gallas will hold our central defence together, with Assou-Ekotto and Hutton as fullbacks, and of course, Gomes will be in goal.

Come On You Spurs!!!

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Three Yellows

10:50 am
Prior to the World Cup, the Coral Dugout gave us the opportunity to ask Graham Poll a question.

Here is Graham in answer to the question we posed him:

I loved it when he sent off John Terry in our 2-1 home win against Chelsea. I should have asked him what the real reason was. Do you remember King and Chimbonda chasing Terry after the said incident?

How time flies.

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Michael Dawson versus John Terry

12:20 pm
michael dawson john terry, tottenham hotspur blog newsI thought it was about ruddy time I wrote an article on Michael Dawson's exclusion from the England setup. Everyone has jumped on this wagon and so I thought it appropriate that I put this conundrum to you, the everyday Spurs/football fan.

Should Michael Dawson be included in Fabio Capello's World Cup squad?

Err, yes he should.

Imagine this...

You've been in a coma for the last 18 years (since the start of the Prem). You woke up at the beginning of this season and have been passionately watching football. If Fabio approached you and asked who the best English centre backs are, would you count John Terry in your list?

I am sure Tottenham's duo; Michael Dawson and Ledley King (if fit, but I'd take him anyway) would be in your list, as would Everton's Phil Jagielka. Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand would be a sure thing too, but you wouldn't pick John Terry surely? I mean, why would you pick him? What has the Chelsea captain offered (apart from great pub jokes) this season?

What about Matthew Upson? He's been in superb form, hasn't he? Who are we kidding?

Let's face the facts people; Fabio Capello has said that he would pick players that are playing regularly and in form. Well, we know our Italian likes his little white lies, for he picks Emile Heskey continually. This is a player that cannot get into a Villa side. Oh, and did I mention his inability to hit a barn door?

When are we going to have an England manager that doesn't yield to the power of agents and the F.A.? Probably never, although I have a feeling Michael Dawson could yet make the final 23.

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January Transfer Targets

We're not far off of the January Sales and as usual, the media have us pinned down as spenders. To fair though, they've not gone all out and branded us as major spenders.

So far, The Mirror have come up with the notion that Harry is to make a bid for City's Micah Richards, whilst The Telegraph have provided us with the news that la-Z-boy Adriano, will replace our other lazy layabout, Roman Pavlyuchenko. The Guardian haven't missed the bandwagon either, making us favourites to sign Ben Arfa (we could have so much fun in The Shelf if a player by that name played in the Lilywhite of Spurs) from Marseilles. They've also thrown LuaLua's name into the ring.

Normally, we're bombarded with speculation. It looks like City have stolen our limelight (thank god for that). Chelsea, who need to spend big, are also the talk of the town, meaning our purchasing publicity has been put on the back burner for the time being.

To be honest with you, I'm hoping that we don't sign anyone. Our team is beginning to gel as a unit and let's not forget our youth. Bostock, Livermore, Rose, etc. These are all fine players with a definite future ahead of them.

I can, however, see Roman leaving White Hart Lane. Harry has said that he doesn't want the player to leave, but then again, when was it ever left up to the manager to manage his own team?

All this talk about Pavlova leaving for Roma in a permanent deal is absolute tripe. The Italian side are in massive financial trouble. If anything, I can see Roman leaving on a loan deal only. If that does happen, Harry would probably bring in a loan striker to fill the Russian's departing boots.

LuaLua wouldn't be a bad option, but he's on the big-bucks in Qatar. It'll be interesting to see how all this pans out.

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It's probably our fault

9:40 pm
I've just heard the news that Russia have failed to qualify for the World Cup.

I suppose it's our fault for not giving Roman Pavlyuchenko enough playing time? I do wonder what 'the world's greatest manager', Hiddink, will do now (Chelsea anyone)?

Didn't it bug you the way the Dutchman went on last season, telling us all just how good Pavlyuchenko was? In fact, our sub was basically too good for us and we simply couldn't reach his level.

I personally think Roman's found his level; on our bench.

On another note; Come on Ireland!!

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9:21 am
I woke up cheerful today, as is normally the case on most Saturday's, especially on Saturday's when we're playing at home. My smile quickly turned into a miserable frown and my joy evolved, faster than than any Richard Dawkin's book, into disgust as I read that Chelsea are now allowed to trade within January's transfer window after the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) postponed the FIFA imposed ban until it (CAS) has heard the club's appeal.

That's interesting, as FIFA themselves found Chelsea guilty of seducing French winger Gael Kakuta to break his contract while at Lens and simply walk out the French side that gave him his start as a pro.

Some reports are even saying that CAS won't study the case until March or April at the earliest, although it may extend into July and/or August, meaning that the Cheatsea FC may be able to buy in the summer window to!

Is there no justice in the game any longer? I do wonder what's gone on behind the scenes at CAS. Has anyone checked the judicial committees bank balances lately? Are any of the CAS bigwigs rolling around in new cars?

Makes me sick.

Anyway, let's forget about that and concentrate on today's highly important game against Sunderland. Expect goals and a lot of them!
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Thanks, but no thanks

There was a time (last summer) when I would have welcomed Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to The Lane. Thankfully, those days are long now gone. It was only a few months ago when we were all talking up the lad and saying how good of a signing he would be for us. A.C. Milan fans were doing the same thing. You should hear them now.

Working in an international accounting firm means that we get to meet quite a few people from the continent. Today, I met an A.C. Milan fan who found the time to tell me all about his clubs' recent woes. Not all the blame was pointed at Huntelaar, but Milan just aren't themselves at the minute and the Dutch striker is getting an earful, because it's his job to stick the ball in the net but as yet, he's shown that he doesn't quite know where the goal is.

Today's warning from my Italian colleague was short and shrift; "Stay away from this player!"

The Eredivisie has a knack of producing players that simply cannot do it when they get taken away from the comfort of that league.

Mateja Kežman and Afonso Alves spring to mind. Kežman was quite prolific in the Dutch League, scoring 105 goals in 122 games for PSV. Alves to, was fruitful, notching up an astonishing 45 goals in 39 games for Heerenveen.

Unfortunately for Kežman, his luck in front of goal run out when Chelsea splashed the cash on him. The Serb scored a measly 4 goals from 25 games and hasn't hit the headlines since his move away from the Premier league. Alves also failed to live up to expectation, scoring just 10 goals for Boro in 42 games.

I wouldn't want to throw Huntelaar into the same basket as the above two mentioned players, but his record away from the comfort zone of the Eredivisie doesn't read well.

Since his big money move to Real Madrid in January 2009, he's scored 8 goals and that's including his spell in Milan.

If anything comes of this "swapping Pav for Huntelaar" story, I can see him starting life at The Lane just as Pavlyuchenko left it, on the bench. And yes, I really do think Pav will leave in the January sales and to be honest, I don't blame the lad.
Thanks, but no thanks Thanks, but no thanks Reviewed by Frank Spencer on 3:21 pm Rating: 5

Lampard & Gerrard PLC

9:24 pm
Who said that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard can't play together? After watching tonight's International home tie against Croatia, it's plainly obvious that they can. Both players got two goals apiece as England ran riot against a Croatia team lacking our own stars, The Modfather and Charlie.

Lennon started the match and had an outstanding first half; getting fouled in the box which led to Lampard scoring from the spot for his first and then sending in a peach of a cross onto the head of Gerrard, which put England two up. To be fair, it looked as though the Croatian players didn't know who Azza was. They gave him enough room in the first half to set up shop and make a killing.

Defoe came on in the second half for Heskey, who in my opinion, needs to warm the bench of his sofa, let alone the subs bench. The Villa striker had two great opportunities to score and fluffed the both of them. Given Defoe's form, I could have seen him burying the both of them, but such is life. I don't want to sound too biased, so I must add that Defoe was quiet and quite ineffective. Let's hope he's saving himself for Saturday.

Kranjcar, the poor thing, was in a team that was so inept, that it reminded me of some of the Spurs sides Ramos put out during his final few weeks at the club. Eduardo was rightly booed in the first half, but that didn't stop the cheat from scoring Croatia's only goal. Cheating scum!

If all players were fit, Tottenham's showing for the night could have been 5 players and Croatia may not have conceded 5. This Croatia side is a far cry from the team that bossed England two years ago, or should I say that The Modfather bossed England in that match? He was captain fantastic that night.

I must add that Johnson had a fantastic game. It looks as though the defenders has started to defend. Well done lad.


Roman Pavlyuchenko also got a goal against Wales. Are we going to get a closer look at this lad any time soon?
Lampard & Gerrard PLC Lampard & Gerrard PLC Reviewed by PoshSpur on 9:24 pm Rating: 5

Chelsea get the book thrown at them

2:36 pm
It looks as though Chelsea have been banned from signing any new players up until 2011! FIFA have thrown the book at them as regards the Gael Kakuta affair.

Thing is, when FIFA try to impose the rulebook like they have on this occasion, I can see Chelsea appealing and winning. There's no justice in the game today. I may be jumping the gun, but I can see FIFA rescinding their proposed 2 season ban on signing players to a slap on the wrist, or at worst, a suspended sentence.

Either way, this has caused some great banter in the office. Any thoughts on this lads?
Chelsea get the book thrown at them Chelsea get the book thrown at them Reviewed by PoshSpur on 2:36 pm Rating: 5

"Harry will go all out to get Joe Cole"

2:47 pm
Football agent, Barry Silkman, made that outrageous statement on Five Live.

When asked if he had any information to share on the matter, the agent didn't comment. He did go on to say, "I know Harry loves Joey Cole and he'll do whatever it takes to take him to Spurs."

Harry's been looking for a left sided player that can slot into his midfield and Cole can be that player."

Now, if this story is even half accurate, I'd be happy. Knowing Barry though, it's best to believe less than half of what comes out of his mouth.

One of the other pundits on the show questioned Joe Cole's fitness, stating that he's still recovering from his injury.

Recovering or not, I hope Harry snaps him up if he is to become available, although I can't see Chelsea letting him go.
"Harry will go all out to get Joe Cole" "Harry will go all out to get Joe Cole" Reviewed by PoshSpur on 2:47 pm Rating: 5
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