Monday 19 May
Ashley Cole has tweeted that his future lies away from Stamford Bridge. He thanked the supporters for enabling the players to win things. In his time here, since 2006, Ash has won the league, a league cup the European Cup, the Uefa cup and an astonishing four FA cups.
Manchester United have finally appointed Dutch coach Louis van Gaal. He will come, pick a few fights, rigidly play 4-3-3 and depart amid acrimony. He is the perfect choice.
Meanwhile Barcelona appointed Luis Enrique to replace Gerardo Marino who stepped aside after a season in the job.
It is the second anniversary of that night, as if you didn’t know, 19-05-2012 it was written in the stars.
Tuesday 20 May
Yellow. The new away kits is yellow, after years of black or the awful sub-Tottenham white efforts the lazy so-and-sos at Adidas have finally produced a kit you could buy without yearning for something just a bit more Chelsea.
Uefa’s £50m fine imposed on Manchester City has been divvied up between the rest of the Premiership clubs. Some of whom will use it to try to prise away Yaya Toure who is unsettled after the club forgot his birthday – among other, probably more grown-up reasons to do with contracts – City will disappear down a trap door if the big Ivorian is allowed to leave.
Wednesday 21 May
Uefa have charged Paris Saint-Germane for the abuse suffered by the disabled fans who travelled to Paris. They were right in front of French fans who spat at, insulted and threw things towards the five Chelsea in wheelchairs.
It is the first time a club has been charged for their behaviour towards disabled fans. It makes you think how unpleasant things could have got if we’d beaten them on the night.
Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke are both European U17 champions as England beat the Netherlands 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Dom scored the England goal.
It has been a big few weeks for the pair and their progress has been stellar but the weirdest thing this week has been watching an England side play football. Solanke is a big lad in this age category but we rarely bunted the ball long for him. Congratulations to all involved.
Thursday 22 May
Bad news breaks about David Luiz going to PSG for around £40m. David was never the best defender we ever had but clearly was one of the best footballers. As we attempt to rebuild under the financial fair play £40m will make a decent kitty but it is a shame to loose Luiz to fund a rebuilding. With the wages of Luiz, Ashley Cole and Samuel Eto’o already off the books the club are clearly planning something.
Frank Lampard will sit down with the club after the World Cup. Frank first signed in 2001 and has scored more goals than anyone else, ever. If he stopped playing, you’d hope the club would offer him a route into coaching.
Friday 23 May
The U21 squad in Hong Kong didn’t make the main finals but play Leicester City in the plate competition on Monday. It is humid and hard with on seven players on a big pitch and they played Kitchee’s first team.
Claude Makelele has been appointed boss of the French League 1 side Bastia. Claude has been an assistant at PSG for a few years and we wish him well in management.
The retained and released list has been published and the big names on the list are all expected. Frank Lampard’s name is up but new contract talks have been delayed.
The full released list: Ashley Cole, Samuel Eto’o, Hilario, Sam Hutchinson, Milan Lalkovic, Frank Lampard, Adam Nditi, Daniel Pappoe, Jhon Pirez and Mark Schwarzer.
Saturday 24 May
A day of huge disappointments on the pitch as QPR beat Derby County in the play-off final and Real Madrid beat their City rivals Atlético to claim the Champions League.
So, we’ll be slogging up to South Africa Road again, for one season at least. Derby contributed to their downfall by leaving Patrick Bamford on the bench for all but the last few seconds. In that time he managed to unsettle the QPR defence and win a corner. What might have been…
In 1974 Atlético were 30 seconds from winning the European cup when Bayern Munich equalised, tonight it was 90 seconds. Real scored with a rare chance for them and then ran riot as their neighbours wilted in extra-time.
Moronic, show-pony Ronaldo even felt the need to dive for a last gasp penalty so he can tell his adoring fan that he scored in the final. It finished 4-1.
Real claim it as the tenth time they have won but considering the first five were under fascist rule of General Franco they don’t count.
Sunday 25 May
Hibernian managed to get themselves relegated by Hamilton Academicals. Having lead 0-2 from the away leg Terry Butcher’s side threw away first the lead and then the penalty shoot-out.
Rotherham beat Leyton Orient in the League 1 play-off final, again having come from 2-0 down to force penalties.
Chelsea women salvage a draw from Notts County with goalkeeper Christiane Endler earning rave reviews for some great stops.