Former Chelsea star: Abramovich is just a rich fan

Roman Abramovich

Former Chelsea star Deco has made some astonishing, but unsurprising, attacks against current owner Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea have certainly been a successful football club since Roman Abramovich took over as owner, with multiple trophies including a Champions League win which no one thought was possible.

Deco spent two years with Chelsea between 2008 and 2010, which gives him solid ground to make comments on the current Abramovich era and he’s blamed the owner for poor running of the football club.

Despite the fact he only spent two years at the club, he experienced life under three different managers which effectively means he never had the chance to forge a relationship with any of them.

His comments imply that the wealthy owner runs the club like a common supporter would, making gut reactions and decisions which have no lasting long term impact for the team or the business in general.

"I am not sure how things work there, don't know if Abramovich takes all the decision. But obviously if you are the owner sometimes you have more a supporter point of view than a professional one

“In other clubs, managers have more power to decide, more time to work. I have stayed there since Peter Kenyon left and things have changed a bit since then."  he told news reporters.

One of the main criticisms of Chelsea over the last one or two years is that the club never gives their manager a chance to spend a long time at Stamford Bridge, developing a team in the same way as can be seen at Manchester United and Arsenal.

It’s fair enough to suggest that the owner has made some very illogical decisions because Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after he’d won the double with the club and Roberto Di Matteo was given the boot after winning the FA Cup and the Champions League.

He’s putting the fans in a very awkward position on a regular basis because they are forced to decipher between the success the club has had and the high turnover of managers which is now common at Stamford Bridge.

It’s that engrained memory of the recent success, which suggests that the Russian is not really reflecting on that success these managers have proven they can achieve, instead making instant decisions which alter the immediate fortunes of the side.

He’s quite right to be bitter if he still holds resentment about the way his career panned out at Chelsea, but he doesn’t seem to hold malice against anyone other than the owner and many fans will join him in his views.

Every speculative story which has been written about the potential new boss at Chelsea this summer, has always made the common point that the person needs to be treated in a different way to Chelsea bosses of the recent past.

Do you agree with Deco?

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