The Daily Mail has pointed out a trend involving Roman Abramovich which has led to two high profile sackings from Chelsea in the past.
The Daily Mail has suggested that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho should be a very worried man.
The paper has commented on the start of a trend involving owner Roman Abramovich, the same trend which saw Mourinho sacked from his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge and the same trend, which saw Carlo Ancelotti given the boot.
So what is the trend in question?
“When the relationship between the owner and Mourinho began to disintegrate during the self-anointed Special One’s first term in charge, Abramovich simply stopped going to matches. When he knew he wanted to sack Carlo Ancelotti, he stopped going again,” writes the Mail.
The reason he stops going to games according to the paper, is because of the flack he gets from guests and club friends and officials who are occasionally invited to watch Chelsea games in the Russian’s private box at Stamford Bridge.
“Guests often make gestures of disapproval towards their host when a pass is misplaced. Abramovich usually says very little in response, offering only rare flashes of emotion on the back of three rows of seats adorned with cashmere blankets.”
It’s been a difficult season for Mourinho on his return to Chelsea and despite the lure of the vacant Manchester United managerial role, it’s doubtful that Abramovich will pull the trigger again.
Mourinho has slammed certain areas of his squad this season, unable to add the striker he wanted last summer or during the winter, with no option to call back Romelu Lukaku from Everton.
He’s had a season to get back into the groove at Chelsea and back into the swing of things in terms of English football.
This summer presents Mourinho with the chance to address the main concerns he has in key areas of the squad, which will allow him to take Chelsea into next season in better shape.
It’s important to also consider that Chelsea haven’t been too far off the pace domestically and in Europe.
The side has been in the title hunt for most of the season and got further in the Champions League than any other team this year, narrowly missing out on a place in the final to Atletico Madrid.
Here’s to hoping Abramovich is just trying to get away from those ‘gestures of disapproval’ rather than getting ready to sack Mourinho for a second time.