If you ever had any doubts over the passion and long term commitment of Roman Abramovich as a Chelsea fan then put those fears to one side, because he seems to want to win everything next season.
A source close to Chelsea’s owner has suggested that he expects the club to be challenging for all trophies next season, which creates an instant level of tremendous pressure for Jose Mourinho.
“Roman wants to win everything again. He wants to win everything – even though he has already won everything,” the source told the Daily Express.
It puts Mourinho in an awkward situation because so far since his return to Chelsea, he’s been very relaxed over the ambitions of the club and what he’s expected to do next season.
Say what you like about the way Abramovich runs his football club, he has instilled an era of success around Chelsea which means regardless of the manager’s status, if you don’t win, you’re virtually destined to be given the boot.
The fact Mourinho guarantees success as a coach doesn’t mean he’s untouchable in terms of his position at Chelsea.
Manchester United, Manchester City and several other clubs in Europe all have their eyes on the biggest prizes in football ahead of the new season so it’s not going to be any easier for Chelsea to win some silverware.
Mourinho is a human being, he will make mistakes, Chelsea will lose games and it’s very doubtful whether they will win literally every tournament or competition they take place in over pre-season and next season.
If Chelsea arrive at the end of the season with a single trophy in the bag or possibly even trophy-less, Mourinho will be treated in the same way as any of the other managers before him.
It’s a classic contrast between the positives created by Abramovich’s passion and the negatives of what happens to any boss when that passion isn’t given the chance to grow and isn’t satisfied.
Mourinho may be serious about managing the club for a very long time but that doesn’t mean the owner has changed and while he must be praised for getting Mourinho back, he’ll get more praise if he changes the history of how he’s treated top flight bosses.
Abramovich has spent around £2 billion on Chelsea since he first bought the club and created the modern era of wealthy owners turning their football clubs into gigantic and successful businesses. So in that respect you can argue he can demand whatever he likes.
Are Abramovich’s expectations realistic? What happens to Mourinho if he doesn’t win anything next season?
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