Monday 1 June
Paul Clement has landed the Derby County job. Derby scratching around for a way to follow Steve McClaren appointed our old youth coach on a three-year deal.
Paul has been slumming it in Paris and Madrid as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant for the last few years. He has turned down dozens of jobs in the last few years as he won titles and a European cup in France and Spain.
The Chelsea squad have flown to Australia where they will be having their picture taken with a Koala before you can say billabong. 10,000 turned out to watch their first training session in Sydney. Perhaps they could sell tickets to Cobham.
Tuesday 2 June
Sydney FC 0:1 Chelsea
83,598 to watch the Blues this afternoon in Sydney, that reads like one of those attendance records set in the late 40s when there was no television and nothing much else to do in post-war Britain. God knows what excuse all these Aussies had today.
Loic Remy produced a stunning thrashed finish to send the majority home happy. Jeremie Boga found the French striker on the left and there didn’t look much danger as he cut inside but he arrowed his shot into the top corner.
Sydney were energetic and competitive throughout. They could have taken the lead and should have scored one of their chances, especially to level immediately as Ivanovic cleared off the line.
Many poured scorn on the idea of a post-season tour but the two games, the level of the football and the size of the crowds really made the whole thing worthwhile.
Now perhaps we can all have a holiday… but, no, Sepp Blatter has suddenly announced he will step down from his role as head of Fifa after being elected on Sunday. He must have been presented with some pretty damning evidence to make such a quick turn around. Still, all is not well as his corrupt cronies attempt to secure a successor to protect themselves. Venal scum don’t come much more villainous and ignorant than those at Fifa trying to save their own hides. Expect the next Fifa election to be every bit as corrupt as the last.
Back home Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nat Chalobah are both in the England squad for the European U21 Championship. Gareth Southgate decided against the recently injured Patrick Bamford.
Wednesday 3 June
England U20 suffered a set back in Toulon as Mexico outclassed Aidy Boothroyd’s limited England.
Are we really hoping for international progress with Boothroyd, Southgate and Hodgson in charge of our national teams. England: proudly hoofing it into the channels since 1982.
Friday 5 June
Lewis Baker provided a classy finish as England U20 struggled past China to reach the third place play off on Sunday.
Sunday 7 June
Eden Hazard captained Belgium to a 3-4 win in Paris, scoring a penalty as the Red Devils held on for a remarkable win.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be Belgian, to have an exciting young side capably managed and heading in the right direction after a decent showing in last year’s World Cup …
England managed a stale 0-0 in Dublin against the Republic. We can barely bring ourselves to say more. Except to add that even more progress was made in Toulon as young England flopped to a 2-1 defeat to the USA.
Branislav Ivanovic scored a couple as Serbia tonked Azerbaijan in a warm up.