Shafron de­serves 10/10 for chutz­pah

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VERY FEW eye­brows were raised when Guus Hid­dink was ap­pointed Chelsea boss for the se­cond time. There has cer­tainly been an up­turn in re­sults and body lan­guage on the pitch. Even Diego Costa has started scor­ing again.

But spare a thought for Real Sosobad man­ager Daniel Shafron who put him­self for­ward for the po­si­tion. In a let­ter of ap­pli­ca­tion to Blues chair­man Ro­man Abramovich, Shafron noted how he has led the east Lon­don club to dou­ble pro­mo­tion two years af­ter in­cep­tion. He went on to say that he prides him­self on his “or­gan­i­sa­tion and tac­ti­cal prow­ess” and de­scribed the sign­ings of Matthew Gep­pert, Ash­ley Stan­ton and Ham­bling as “spe­cial” mo­ments in his ten­ure.

Shafron has shown great will­ing­ness to­wards the cause, mas­ter­mind­ing a 6-2 suc­cess over Tem­ple For­tune, with a “ter­ri­ble hang­over” and he has “re­struc­tured the set-up, play­ing an at­trac­tive brand of foot­ball and scored an av­er­age of 2.75 goals a game”. Louis Van Gaal take note.

He went on to say that he would have been “pre­pared to bal­ance the role with his day-to-day pro­fes­sion of prop­erty in­vest­ment and de­vel­op­ment”. He fin­ished by re­quest­ing that Chelsea “place on trial Josh Co­hen, El­liott Coul­ton and James Law whom he con­sid­ers ad­e­quate re­place­ments for Ivanovic, Terry and Haz­ard – none of whom would moan, come with any trou­ble or cause any un­rest”.

Only a fort­night later, Shafron re­ceived a po­lite re­sponse from Chelsea, to their credit, thank­ing him for ex­press­ing an in­ter­est in the role. Writ­ten by Elena Volkova from the of­fice of Abramovich, the note com­mended Shafron on his “play­ing phi­los­o­phy and achieve­ments” with Sosobad, as well as his “strong pro­fes­sional back­ground”.

Shafron gets 10 out of 10 from me for chutz­pah. What tempted him, I won­der. Per­haps it was the fact that Abramovich has slightly deeper pock­ets than Sosobad chief Josh Ham­bling.

Eli Guttman has re­turned to club man­age­ment af­ter re­cov­er­ing from Is­rael’s lat­est fail­ure to reach a ma­jor tour­na­ment. He signed a three-and-ahalf year deal with Hapoel Tel Aviv and will be joined by an­other new face af­ter the club signed for­mer Barcelona and Manch­ester City academy mid­fielder Gai As­sulin.

I caught a glimpse of Guttman’s vot­ing form for the Bal­lon D’Or this week, won, of course, by the ma­gi­cian that is Lionel Messi. Guttman put down Cris­tiano Ron­aldo as his first choice fol­lowed by Gareth Bale and Thomas Muller. Just how he ex­cluded the Barcelona ace from his list is be­yond me. See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at

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