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2019 12 24 Retrieve
[Former Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green says he earned praise from his team-mates after calling out Maurizio Sarri for having no plan B during his reign at Stamford Bridge] The lads put their hands up and said, ‘We care a lot’ but they spoke without saying very much. I was thinking to myself: ‘I can’t have this’.
I turned to Sarri and said: ‘Look, you are in a really difficult position and I understand that because there is stuff going on at this club that I can see, you can see and no one on the outside can see, so I get you,’ but all the while I was thinking, ‘I’m going to give him both barrels in a minute’.
I just spelled it out. I told him: ‘You have no plan B. You’re a transactional kind of manager. The players in the group are not the kind to speak to you like this - they care very much but are scared to say something to you, like I am. I don’t care because what are you going to do - drop me!?’
I spoke for 15 minutes. A lot of players said afterwards that they enjoyed me saying that: ‘You said what I wanted to say but I couldn’t say it’. Obviously, if they had, it could have affected their place in the team or their future at the club.
Two of the assistant coaches, Gianfranco Zola and Carlo Cudicini, said something along the lines of: ‘That was brilliant. We’ve been trying but we are in a compromised position as well in that it is a very hierarchical style and there isn’t a lot of feedback coming in return.’
2019 12 28 Retrieve
[Robert Green says Moyes will have something to prove should he return to West Ham] It would be an interesting choice to bring David Moyes back - a bit like Nigel Pearson [at Watford] - he has something to prove. He has had a number of positions where it didn’t go so well. He might come into it with a newfound resolution or a new lease of life. Maybe it will be a short-term appointment to the end of the season where if he does keep them up you say: ‘Here’s a big bonus and see you later’
[Green thinks some big names would be interested in managing the club] I am sure if you say to the West Ham fans we need someone to see us through to keep us in the division, it’s a tough call. There are big names out there. Unai Emery is a shout, Rafa Benitez has said he is not coming back from China. There are managers who would love to manage West Ham
2020 01 16 Retrieve
[Former Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Green admits Kepa Arrizabalaga has an arrogant side] It’s been a funny season for him, hasn’t it? I think when you’re playing so many games as a keeper, the fluctuations are going to be there. What he’s got [in his favour] … he’s got fantastic feet, a lot of power. He has big thighs, a lot of muscle and that gives him a big spring. He is very fast as well, comes with a lot of speed
As a person he’s a really nice lad, and he’s got a fantastic attitude. He does have this side of him which is arrogant, or certainly very confident in his own ability. It’s that fine line and he has that. He carries the fact that he is the most expensive keeper in the world with him. There is that edge to him in training. We used to have these races. I was the slowest by a long, long way. He was so much quicker than all the keepers, but he still had to cheat (and get a head start). He would have won anyway, but he still had to cheat. I would cheat just to keep up
Another thing he’d do in training is suddenly he will stop and say, ‘We’ve done all that. OK. Now I want this particular drill. This is what I need. It was fair enough. He is the one out on the pitch. But it shows a strength of character to speak up like that
2020 05 16 Retrieve
[Robert Green says Kepa Arrizabalaga knows he cannot outlast Frank Lampard at Chelsea] We’re saying Dean Henderson is one for the future, he’s 23, Kepa is 25, it’s not like he’s a million miles away. But because of that price tag, you’re expecting that bit more. That’s the immediate assumption, he’s not the finished article, that was never the case with Kepa. It was going to happen at some point. You walk off the plane on a Friday afternoon from Belarus or somewhere and you’ve got to play again on the Sunday lunchtime. It’s so draining, it’s so hard and it’s the first time he’s done that. This year, it’s the Champions League and the pressure is even greater. Maybe the more open style they’re playing is dragging into that and they haven’t been at tight as last season. It’s funny at Chelsea. It’s not the most transparent in terms of the signings it’s making. The manager doesn’t always make the decisions. I don’t think Maurizio Sarri knew who I was when I signed, let alone approve the signature. You look at that but who is making the decisions? Maybe with Petr Cech, the communications might be better. You talk about timing, those couple of games he had coming back, he got man of the match against Manchester United in the FA Cup. If he hadn’t have come back with those games, I think this might have been something where you say ‘yeah this is a real possibility’. Who Frank is speaking to is another big thing and what their opinion is. They are going to stick with Frank and there is a lot of players with long-term contracts who say ‘I’m going to outlast the manager’ – I don’t think any of the players will be thinking that about Frank.
2020 06 06 Retrieve
[Robert Green says Kepa Arrizabalaga’s situation at Chelsea can be likened to David de Gea’s early days at Manchester United] Kepa’s got a long-term contract at Chelsea and I’d like to see him there. It’s a bit like how David de Gea was at the start of his United career. He was absolutely destroyed at the start and now it’s one of the best things that’s happened to him in the last decade
Kepa’s brilliant with his feet. It’s one of those ones where he was always going to have a little downturn in form because he played so many games (54) last season. But he had that little spell out of the team this season and then came back in the FA Cup and got man of the match against Liverpool, which might have done him a favour, just mentally. I think because of the price tag the expectation has been far greater. Everyone’s been waxing lyrical about [Dean] Henderson at Sheffield United, Kepa’s not that much older than him . But because there’s this huge price tag on his shoulders, you’re thinking that he’s the finished article. I wasn’t the finished article at 25 as a goalkeeper and I don’t think Kepa is either