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    Chelsea too quiet shocker

    Post  Blakey on Fri 26 Dec 2014, 11:58 am

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    Chelsea bid to liven up Stamford Bridge atmosphere with singing section in Shed End and designated fans to lead songs



    • Blues chiefs wish to introduce the proposals after Jose Mourinho claimed it was like playing in 'an empty stadium' last month
    • Chelsea want to trial a new singing section in the Shed End, which is shared with away supporters 
    • They also want to give individuals responsibility for leading the singing
    • The noisiest Chelsea fans are usually at the other end of the ground in the Matthew Harding Stand
    • Another idea is to move away fans and create a second large groundswell of vocal support in the Shed End



    Chelsea chiefs have met supporters in a bid to improve the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, with proposals for designated singing sections and individuals to lead the songs.

    Jose Mourinho complained last month that it was like playing in ‘an empty stadium’ and, though he apologised, the issue is being taken seriously in the boardroom.

    After meeting supporters’ groups over the last month to canvass opinions, chairman Bruce Buck presented some of the ideas to the club’s fans’ forum in a meeting at the Bridge. 

    Chelsea want to trial a new singing section in the Shed End, which is shared with away supporters, in the hope it will spark more noise from other parts of the ground. 

    They also want to give individuals responsibility for leading the singing.

    The noisiest Chelsea fans are usually at the other end of the ground in the Matthew Harding Stand, and another idea is to move away fans and create a second large groundswell of vocal support in the Shed End.

    Away fans used to sit behind the dug-outs in the lower East Stand but Mourinho complained in his first spell at the club that they were too close to him and could easily influence the linesman and fourth official.

    Chelsea may even consider moving the dug-outs across the pitch if the away fans are moved back and the manager is unhappy.

    Such problems are by no means limited to Chelsea. Many grounds, including some famed for their passionate atmosphere, have been hit by the changing demographic of match-going fans in the Barclays Premier League era and the increasing corporate sector.

    Chelsea supporters teased their manager during the game immediately after his comments, chanting: ‘Jose, give us a song’.

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