June 04, 2005

Chelsea make friends again

Spurs have suspended sporting director Frank Arnesen after they revealed Chelsea made an approach to the Dane without their permission.

Suspended three point deduction to now come into effect? Maybe even an increase in the suspended points as well? Or will the FA bottle it again?

In further news, Northwich have been relegated from the Conference on a financial technicality, despite overcoming an earlier ten point penalty to finish nine points clear of relegation.

Great to see the FA principles of consistency and equality being applied.


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  1. Since when did the FA's principles include consistency and equality? From what I can see they've never been anything more than a puppet for the big clubs.

    Having said that, if the FA let Chelsea get away with this one then they might as well leave Lancaster Gate and move in at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are taking the complete piss out of the laws of the game and out of all the other Premiership clubs. They didn't need a new left-back and they don't need Frank Arnesen, but it seems they're happy to do anything that will unsettle other clubs. The fact that this latest news has come the day after Chelsea got a suspended three-point deduction means that anything other than a points deduction will now be a fudge.

    Spurs aren't having much luck, are they? First Santini buggered off and now Arnesen has had enough. It's ironic really, given that his Director of Football role was supposed to bring stability to the club.

    04 Jun 2005, 17:35

  2. What's perhaps even worse for Spurs is that Arnesen, if he does end up at Chelsea, will have detailed knowledge of Tottenham's transfer details, including funds available, whether or not they need to sell anybody, and the existence of any value-related release clauses. If Arnesen goes, I'd expect Defoe and maybe even Carrick to follow him not long afterwards, further increasing Chelsea's ex-West Ham contingent.

    Spurs fans should know by now that their club is cursed, so this all shouldn't come as much of a shock.

    04 Jun 2005, 17:57

  3. Now does everyone see why us Man Utd fans were right about Chelski all those moons ago when they nicked Kenyon. Course no one listened cos everyone hates us (which is fair enough, doesn't bother me) but now it's spreading.

    It's crappy about Northwich. They had a lovely old stadium which is now gone, just about the only thing with any character in that particular area of that godforsaken dive, and now they've been screwed over again. I went to school in Northwich and intensely dislike most of the place but I always had a sift spot for Vics. Sad really.

    04 Jun 2005, 18:55

  4. Yep, I reckon Defoe will end up at Chelsea whatever happens, and have thought that for a long time. He is completely disloyal – he only arrived at West Ham after selling out Charlton, and the day after we (I'm a WHU supporter) were relegated he put in a transfer request, hoping United would come in for him. The only good thing about the summer of 2003 after we were relegated was seeing United snub him and the new super-rich Chelsea buy nearly all our players except Defoe!

    Then, when Defoe was forced to play for us in Division One, he was sent off in THREE consecutive (consecutive for him obviously, not for West Ham – he kept missing games because of the suspensions) games for silly things like chucking the ball away. He's never been sent off before or since, I think. You're actually better off shipping him out quick and getting a good price on him before he runs down his contract.

    When Peter Kenyon went to Chelsea from United, he had to take 6 months 'gardening leave' because of the sensitive information he had about United. It might not be much more than a gesture, but Spurs should enforce the same thing on Arnesen.

    04 Jun 2005, 19:08

  5. "You're actually better off shipping him out quick and getting a good price on him before he runs down his contract"

    God forbid I be thought of as a Spurs fan! Barnet all the way, although it was nice to see West Ham back in the Premiership, as my dad supports them.

    04 Jun 2005, 19:32

  6. oops, sorry! Barnet went up from the conference this season, didn't they? Do they have a chance of surviving in the League?

    05 Jun 2005, 16:33

  7. My opinion's probably still affected by the euphoria of being back in the league, but I'd be surprised if we didn't finish in the top half of the table. Prior to our untimely relegation at the hands of Tony Cottee we never finished lower than 16th, and our squad and manager have vastly improved since then.

    06 Jun 2005, 22:03


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