Roman Abramovich is a resilient figure who reformed and restored a falling bridge into a belligerent force bestowing belief and honor to the languishing Londoners. Roman came as a Renaissance to World football enticing owners all over the World to venture into the League and create a new niche in the club correspondence.
Football has never been the same after the Tycoons taking over the talent but with big power prevails an even bigger ego which is very difficult to satisfy. Here are 5 instances which proved that Roman is the real boss of Chelsea football club.
1. Sacking Claudio Ranieri prematurely
To be honest, Ranieri was given countless cash to spend and solidify the resurgence in the realm. He was given only one season to deliver a title though, which was unfair on the part of an owner who was orchestrating the moves from the top.
Chelsea finished runner-ups to the invincible Arsenal which wasn’t a bad result for a newly acquired regime but when the Boss intends to buy success rather than building it, then there is no scope for a manager to display his mind. Ranieri was sacked in 2004 leaving unfinished business in the English Premier league which he would eventually finish in a real underdog story of the foxes a decade later.
2. Showing Jose Mourinho the door despite the distinguished data
Jose Mourinho brought legitimacy to Chelsea when he arrived from Porto at his peak, there was no stopping him, the press conferences, the persistence, and power pandering to his style of play and players took over the league instantly. The two successful seasons at Stamford Bridge seemed to have cemented his solace at the club but the infamous 2006-07 season when Manchester United finally broke down the Chelsea dominance changed his relationship with Roman Abramovich.
The real reason was the appointment of Aviram Grant as a director but Chelsea was no longer the side that has substance to secure titles. After a slow start to the 2007-08 campaign, Mourinho left the club and Roman appointed Aviram Grant to rub it into the Portuguese. Jose would eventually return only to be given the boot again.
3. The cut for Carlo Ancelotti in challenging times
Carlo Ancelotti is a very charismatic figure and can handle big egos by being both subtle and stubborn. His appointment in 2009 brought back a stern voice to the management after Jose. He can create a healthy environment in the dressing room which was reflective in Chelsea’s 2009-10 title-winning season where camaraderie brought consistency to the side.
The results didn’t go in his favor in the following season but he still had the backing of the players and a healthy record of 67 wins, 20 draws and 22 losses is the third highest in Premier League history, unfortunately in a result-oriented industry, the owner is immune to emotions extracting exclusions to reach a conclusion. Roman controls the race.
4. Releasing Roberto Di Matteo who earned the respect of the fans
Di Matteo was expected to be dismissed rather quickly in that diabolical Chelsea dressing room consisting of powerful personalities instead he slugged it out and made a repo with his team designating the leadership duties to the senior players which brought the ultimate success to the club in the form of Champions League Trophy in 2012.
of course one can never rely on his past achievements but even after a dismal start to 2012-13 campaign, Matteo deserved to be tested for a season at least as the short duration of his stay at Chelsea which lasted for just 8 months was a disrespect to his desire and intent that also had the deliverance, Abramovich did the inevitable but only at an inopportune time triggering the fans and pundits alike.
5. Hiring Rafa Benitez as an interim manager to replace Roberto Di Matteo
On the face of it, the decision turned out to be decisive with Chelsea winning the Europa League and finishing third in the domestic league but Rafa was a ridiculed figure at the Bridge for the fans who saw him torment and disrespect Chelsea’s rise in mid 2000’s with a familiar Merseyside rival in the shape of Liverpool, the head to head battles he had with Jose ignited reciprocating reactions from the crowd in the stands. He was a heat magnet at Chelsea but Abramovich stated his superiority over the fans by securing his services against their wishes that reigned supreme.
The Boss is always right is a phrase which has become paramount in today’s frantic football fraternity where firmness and fortitude rise above felicitation and failure that both plagues and procure the ever-changing dimensions of human resource.