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Is Olivier Giroud’s time up at Chelsea?

After Chelsea forward, Giroud spoke out about his frustration with the lack of game time, it has sparked rumours that the Frenchman will leave Chelsea in January.

The 33 year old spoke to Le Pelerin and said, “You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do not criticise him.

“But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a pitch. Last year, when I felt that I deserved to play, I asked the coach for explanations.”

Giroud performed well for Chelsea in the Europa League last season, scoring 11 goals in 14 appearances; leading the side to glory after scoring and beating his former side, Arsenal 4-1.

Giroud had a phenomenal Europa League campaign last season

However, Giroud doesn’t regret joining Chelsea from London rivals, Arsenal, “I want to have fun and play more games. Chelsea is my priority but afterwards if in the end I am forced to make a choice, I will do it like when I left Arsenal.

“He (Frank Lampard) will almost certainly watch the matches [I just played for France]. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.

“It was not easy to leave Arsenal for Chelsea two years ago. I loved Arsenal,” added Giroud, who scored the only goal in France’s 1-0 win over Iceland on Friday.

“But it was a progression because Chelsea is the English club that has won the most titles, with Manchester City, in ten years.

“I had competitors in attack – [Alvaro] Morata, [Gonzalo] Higuain, who ended up leaving. I won at the end: I played the final of the FA Cup in 2018 and the [Europa League] final in 2019.”

Despite Chelsea having a transfer embargo, if Giroud was to leave, Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard still has Premier League joint top scorer, Tammy Abraham and Belgian, Michy Batshuayi to use if Giroud was surplus to requirements.

Chelsea face Newcastle United at the weekend and it is more than likely Giroud will be sitting on the sidelines yet again with the in form, Abraham expected to start and Batshuayi on the bench.

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Salford City-a club on the up

After four promotions in five seasons, Graham Alexander’s side are looking favourites to add another one to the tally. The Ammies have made a start to their transfer business by bringing in a selection of players, one stand out being Richie Towell , a regular starter in the Championship for now-relegated Rotherham. The midfielder will join an Ammies side consisting of fellow Irishman, Adam Rooney, who impressed for Aberdeen in the Scottish top flight before dropping down to the National League in the Summer of 2018 for an undisclosed fee.

It is no secret that the strong financial backing of Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, and the Class of 92 who took over the club in 2014, has transformed this Greater Manchester club completely; they are barely recognisable as the club they were pre-takeover. They even play in a different colour.

 With the National League being a very difficult league to get out of, you might think Salford would try and maintain their place in the football league aiming for a mid table finish but City have shown their newly found fellow League Two teams that they aren’t planning on sticking around, with their transfer business speaking for itself. So the question is why can’t they go up again?

Many lead bookmakers think they can, tipping them as favourites to win the league. However, in football, a hefty budget does help, but it doesn’t guarantee success. The correct decisions must be made, and as Salford attempt to climb up the leagues it will get more difficult for them, coming up against teams with a lot bigger fanbases and large budgets. But with the squad that they are assembling most would predict the Ammies to be there or thereabouts the top end of League Two come the end of the season.

I don’t think anybody really believes that Salford City’s journey will end in the fourth tier and time will only tell how far they can really go.

Ben Close Extends Portsmouth Stay

Portsmouth Fans will be excited to day with the news that their exciting home grown talent, Ben Close is extending his Portsmouth contract.

Close who only penned a new deal In April this year, is attracting interest from a number of Championship clubs, since he scored 8 goals in 20 matches from Midfield.

A product of the Portsmouth Youth Set up, he has loan spells with Poole and Eastleigh to gain match practice and experience and since becoming a regular, in the first team has attracted interest from bigger clubs.

However, he has now firmly committed his immediate future to Portsmouth FC.

There is no doubting that he can and will play at a higher level, but for the time being he feels that he can develop better at Fratton Park.

4 Potential Replacement for Sarri

With Maurizio Sarri, now well and truly back in Italy, along with his almost famous ‘cigarette’ butt, which was permanently between his lips during Chelsea’s matches, who is in line to replace him.

There are 3 good, candidates, which include one outstanding one and no that does not mean Jose Mourinho, returning back for an impossible 3rd time. I think from a Chelsea fans point of view, that would be almost as bearable as

Rafa Benitez, returning for a second spell… when he was universally unpopular in his first term

So lets look at the first candidate, which is the man Sarri has replaced at Juventus

Max Allegri

There is no denying he is a very good contender for the job, a serial winner, like his predecessor at Juventus Antonio Conte, and would be a very good fit for Chelsea, however, as is the way with bosses at Europes top flight clubs, the very pressure of keeping the club at the top of their game and league, nearly always takes its toll

As is the case with Allegri, who after a good few years in the Juve Hotseat, has declared his intention to take a year out of the game, in much the same way that Pep Guardiola did, before he pitched up at Bayern Munich

Darren Moore

Yes the Ex West Brom manager / head coach, a surprise outsiders choice, but still none the less a very good coach, who did a brilliant job at West Brom under difficult circumstances and was very unfortunate to be sacked

John Terry

Chelsea, through and through and currently the assistant manager at Aston Villa to Dean Smith, who got Villa promoted back to the premier ship. Terry has been closely watching the methods of Smith and has stated his intention to return to the Bridge one day as manager, though he has yet to manage a club at any level, unlike …

Yes, you guessed it…

Frank Lampard

Like Terry, he stated his ambition to return one day to manage ‘his’ club, yet opted for the less glamourous surroundings of Pride Park with Derby County in EFL Championship and… against the odds, go them to the Play Off Final, where they lost to

Aston Villa!!

 

That said though, he has a years experience of club football under his belt and go the Derby Job, through his uncle Harry (Redknapp) who knows Mel Morris, the Derby chairman

In that time Lampard has shown himself to be an oustanding managerial candiate for A top job, though wether that is Chelsea at this time remains to be seen

Given the fact that he is a Chelsea Legend, in a different way to John Terry, he would certainly bring the Solksjaer effect to the Bridge and gives Chelsea a chance to bring through some of their outstanding Youth

Will he get the nod… Well he hasn’t said No!!

REYES : FORMER ARSENAL PLAYER DIES IN CAR CRASH

Jose Antonio Reyes, Who was part of Arsenal’s historic ‘Invincibles’ in 2003-04, has died in a car accident aged just 35, Spanish club Sevilla have announced. Reyes who was with Spanish second division Extremadura for whom he played for just 2 weeks ago represented his boyhood club Sevilla 250 times scoring 40 Goals. He has also played for great names including Real and Atletico Madrid. A minute’s silence will be observed at Saturday’s Champions League final as a mark of respect to Reyes, who was the first Spaniard to win the Premier League.

Reyes signed for Arsenal during the January transfer window of the 2003–04 campaign for £10.5 million, he played 21 times and scored 5 goals in the remainder of that season including two in the penultimate two games of the season that helped keep as undefeated Arsenal won the title without losing. He played for the gunners for another 2 seasons winning the FA Cup: (2004–05) FA Community Shield (2004) and reaching the UEFA Champions League Final in 2005–06. In 2004–05 he managed to score in each of the first six games. He was named as the Premier League Player of the Month for August. Reyes featured heavily in the Gunners’ 2005–06 Champions League run, against, among others, Real Madrid, Juventus F.C. and Villarreal CF, coming on as a substitute in the final against FC Barcelona, which Arsenal lost 1–2. In total he played 110 times for the gunners scoring 23 Goals playing alongside greats including Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabreges who are among many people who paid tribute to Reyes.

Henry, called him a “wonderful player, superb team-mate and exceptional human being”. “I wish his family and friends continued strength and courage to get through this difficult time. #takenfartoosoon”, he added on Twitter

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas called Reyes his “first great friend in the world of professional football”, and added “Our connection in the field was also special.”I always say that you have been one of the greatest talents in our football and I know that I am not wrong. “Two days ago I was talking about you in an interview, it might be a sign, who knows, to remember you, my great friend.

Current Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who Reyes played under at Sevilla, paid tribute by saying: “Deeply sad and speechless after knowing this tragic news. I’ll never forget your magic and your smile.

After leaving Arsenal Reyes joined Giants Real Madrid on loan where he scored 7 goals in 38 appearances wining the la liga title, he then joined Real’s neighbours Atletico where he spent the next 4 seasons winning 2 UEFA Europa Leagues (2009–10, 2011–12) UEFA Super Cup (2010) UEFA Intertoto Cup (2007) and was a Copa del Rey runner-up in 2009–10.

He had a loan spell with Benfica whilst at Atletico before returning home to Sevilla in 2012 where he was part of the side managed by Emery that won 3 back to back Ueafa Europa Leagues and in the 2013-14 campaign scored in the second leg of their last-16 win over city rivals Betis. , in the final of the following season’s tournament, reportedly his final game for the club, he captained and assisted Carlos Bacca’s first of two goals as the team came from behind to defeat FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3–2 in Warsaw. However, he remained, starting as skipper in the ensuing Super Cup against Barcelona in Tbilisi and scoring a goal as his side came from 1–4 down to take the game to extra time, but lose nonetheless.

Reyes won his first full cap for Spain on 6 September 2003, coming on as a half-time substitute during a 3–0 friendly win against Portugal in Guimarães.[64] On 11 October, again coming from the bench, this time for Vicente, he scored twice in the final three minutes of a 4–0 win in Armenia for the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifiers,[65] but was left out of Iñaki Sáez’s final squad.

Two years later, Reyes was picked for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but only appeared once in four matches – the 1–0 group stage win against Saudi Arabia, with Spain already qualified in first place.[66] He was again overlooked for the victorious Euro 2008 tournament, as manager Luis Aragonés preferred the likes of David Silva and Santi Cazorla on the wings.