Dan Levene


Dan Levene is a journalist of 20 years standing, who has covered the soap opera of Chelsea Football Club for more than a decade. In that time he has reported on the reigns of 10 managers, and a haul of 15 trophies - from Wycombe to Yokohama, via Munich.
  • Chelsea’s Antonio Conte Is The Subject Of A Confected Controversy

    It started with some Italian guesswork, and ended with widespread hand-wringing: how did Antonio Conte's Chelsea 'departure' become 'news'? Conte, for a man so much in the forefront of the back page news agenda, seems very happy idling away his time in his flip-flops and trunks right now. ...

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  • The Premier League’s Fixture Scheduling Is A Farce

    By now you will have run your finger down the new season's fixture list, brimming with excitement. You will have sought-out the dates of the big derby games, the matches that might be decisive in the coming campaign. ...

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  • Chelsea’s Captaincy Options For Next Season

    Chelsea are seeking a new captain this summer – who might be in with a shout? How to cut the link with an ageing John Terry was a question that befuddled many a Chelsea boss, before Antonio Conte came along. How to replace him in the captain's armband is perhaps the more difficult one going forward. A look at the shortlist for the job, and the pros and cons of the candidates... ...

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  • Chelsea’s Transfer Caution Isn’t Reason To Panic

    If you're panicked by Chelsea's lack of signings just days after the FA Cup final, then this is going to be a very long summer, I'm afraid. The domestic transfer window opens on 9 June, while most European trading does not commence until 1 July. That latter date is the one after which teams can register players with UEFA: so, effectively, any deal done before then is still only an agreement-in-principle until it has received their rubber stamp. So why are we already hearing that Manchester City, in particular, are singing and releasing a whole load of players? ...

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  • Stop The Moralising: John Terry’s Departure Was Fine

    We all knew John Terry was gong to go out with something special. The precedent set by Didier Drogba meant that the ante had to be well and truly upped, and his 26th minute substitution, and guard of honour, did exactly that. I learned at half time in the game against Sunderland that it was Terry who had dreamed-up the move. It didn't surprise me that this had been the case: most seem agreed that it was a very John Terry thing to do. Whether you think that good or bad seems to rather depend on where your club allegiances lie. ...

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