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On this Day: Chelsea win first title in 50 years

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We continue our ‘On this Day’ series with a belter for April 30 as Chelsea won their first title since 1955.

Why don’t we travel back to 2005 and see Chelsea clinch the Premier League title? Go on then!

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Chelsea had gone 50 years without winning a league title but Jose Mourinho, in his first season as a manager in England, delivered their first PL trophy.

Frank Lampard scored twice in the second half as Chelsea beat Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium and sparked wild celebrations with their fans in the away end.

The current Chelsea manager remembers the day fondly, as celebrations on the pitch with owner Roman Abramovich, the staff and players continued long after the final whistle.

“It was something that gives you goose bumps when you look back. My parents where there on the day behind the goal which was different for me. They would normally sit in the hospitality or the directors’ box. That was great fate really because that is exactly where you would want to be with the way it developed. It was just madness in there. Fifty years of pent-up excitement from our fans, you could feel it with the players. When the first one went in, I know Bolton had a chance after that, but you felt like that was it and it was just a party atmosphere. It is something I will always treasure. They are not my best technical goals but emotionally it is right up there at the top.

“Celebrating as a group, you see the subs jumping on and Jose Mourinho running down the line. The Chelsea away fans are incredible. The Chelsea fans are generally but the away fans that travel, I had them there when I broke the goalscoring record and sometimes you want to do those things at the Bridge but to do them away, you get those fans who go through the years travelling and spend their money and support Chelsea when we go up north on a Monday night mid-season, and then they come to games like that which are memories for a life-time.”

Check out the video below to see highlights, as Chelsea’s legendary 2004-05 title-winning side finished on 95 points and lost just one of their 38 games.

Premier League On this Day: John Terry announces Chelsea exit

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Three years ago on this day, Chelsea announced that John Terry would be leaving Chelsea after a 23-year, trophy-laden career.

The Blues captain and club legend had been lined up for an exit a year earlier in 2016, but this time, it was official. Terry had become the club’s most successful captain in history. It was time for the Englishman to ride off into the sunset.

Among Terry’s accomplishments were lifting five Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy and registering over 700 appearances throughout all competitions with Chelsea alone. Terry, who started his Chelsea journey at the tender age of 14, was the epitome of a through-and-through Chelsea reference point.

Months following the announcement of the defender’s departure, Aston Villa presented a then-37-year-old Terry as their latest signing in front of media members. Camera flashes and shutter sounds echoed. Villa was suddenly at the heart of the reflectors, a clear indicator of Terry’s importance.

Ironically, in October 1998, during a League Cup tie against Aston Villa, Terry started what would eventually turn a famed career.

Assigned the captain role at 21 years of age, Terry quickly climbed the chart as the club’s main figure. The public’s ubiquitous sentiment was only fortified as the image of the No. 26 defender lifting the Premier League trophy became a common sight.

In proper legendary fashion, Terry wrapped his final campaign at Stamford Bridge lifting the league’s prime silverware, becoming the first player ever to captain a team to the Premier League title on five occasions.

On April 17, 2017, one of Chelsea’s most remarkable chapters turned its last page. And the entire Premier League woke up to the news that one of its most influential modern-day defenders was saying goodbye as a player. There may never be another John Terry.

Report: John Terry favorite for Newcastle job

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John Terry has emerged as the surprising front-runner to become the new Newcastle United manager.

Terry, 38, has been the assistant manager of Aston Villa for the past 12 months and played a big part in their promotion back to the Premier League.

However, various reports claim that the Chelsea and England legend is now the overwhelming favorite to take the vacant Newcastle job after Rafael Benitez decided not to renew his contract late last month.

Bookmakers odds on Terry to be the next Newcastle manager have plummeted, as the five-time Premier League winner has never hid his ambition to be a manager one day. Other managers to be linked with the Newcastle job include Steve Bruce, Steven Gerrard, Quique Sanchez Flores, Mikel Arteta and Chris Wilder.

With Mike Ashley still in place as Newcastle’s owner as a protracted takeover from the Bin Zayed Group continues to rumble on, hiring someone like Terry may be a rather low risk appointment while everything is still getting sorted out. His wages wouldn’t be that high and he would be hungry to take his first job as a head coach.

But let’s not forget that Newcastle have lost a defensive mastermind in Benitez, plus their two top goalscorers from last season in Salomon Rondon (returned to West Brom at the end of his loan) and Ayoze Perez (sold to Leicester for $38.5 million).

As things stand at Newcastle, no matter who arrives to take charge this summer they will be among the favorites for relegation in 2019-20.

A young manager like Terry may be better suited to staying at Aston Villa as a No.2 for a few more years, then picking his first head-coaching gig at a team in less turmoil than Newcastle currently are. That would be a smart move by Terry, but how often do jobs of this size come along for unproven coaches?

Frank Lampard‘s decision to leave Derby County for his beloved Chelsea after just one season in management proves that the urge to manage as high as you can as early as you can is strong.

This is a tough decision for Terry. Does he follow Gerrard and Lampard into the hotseat at a giant of a club?

John Terry finalist for vacant Middlesbrough job

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In a matter of just a few days’ time, John Terry could be named the new manager of side Middlesbrough.

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According to a report from the Guardian, Terry is being considered as one of three finalists, alongside former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic and former Boro defender (and current first-team coach) Jonathan Woodgate, for the EFL Championship side’s vacant job.

Terry has reportedly spoken to the Boro hierarchy in recent days, and chairman Steve Gibson is expected to make a final decision over who will replace Tony Pulis following the weekend. Boro spent the entirety of the 2018-19 season jostling for a place in the promotion playoffs, but finished seventh and missed out by a single point.

After announcing his retirement from playing in October, Terry was named assistant coach on Dean Smith’s staff at Aston Villa, where he has remained throughout the season and will do so through Monday’s promotion playoff final against Derby County.

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Jokanovic led Fulham to promotion last season before he was fired in November as the Cottagers appeared headed for an immediate relegation back down to the Championship, which ultimately came to pass.

Woodgate came through the Boro academy and played for the club on two occasions, 2006-2007 and again from 2012-2016. He was named a member of Steve Agnew‘s coaching staff in March 2017, less than a year after ending his playing days.

Hazard glows after brace in Chelsea win

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Eden Hazard is buzzing after breaking the 100-goal barrier for Chelsea, and supporters of the Blues are going to love his comments following a 2-1 win at Watford on Boxing Day.

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Hazard, 27, ends the day with 11 goals and nine assists this season for Chelsea and another two goals in the League Cup.

While he’s flirted with Real Madrid and the transfer market for some time, he’s feeling Chelsea this festive season. Here’s his response to breaking the century mark, via the BBC:

“It means a lot, especially because we won today. 101 goals with this amazing club is something i will never forget but now the fans, staff and players want more. I want to score more for this club and then try to be a legend like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry.”

He even had jokes!

After playing another match as a center forward, Hazard claimed his versatility is beyond our expectations.

“I can even play at centre back,” he said. “My target is to score goals and to try and win the game, as a winger or a striker. I missed a couple of chances today, especially in the first half, but I scored two so its important to keep focus.”