Does Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich want more appreciation?
Chelsea opinion: Does the Russian billionaire feel that he does not get enough credit from the club's fans?
Anyone who has remotely followed recent events at Chelsea would know that life as a supporter has been quite a ride since Roman Abramovich took over at Stamford Bridge.
To begin with, he brought in players that would excite any football fan's heart, and a manager who was instantly deemed to be box-office by the media.
Blues fans were over the moon and Abramovich was second only to God.
Through time, he has brought in players that have had huge fan followings, but failed to achieve in west London what they managed at previous clubs. This includes players like Andrey Shevchenko, Michael Ballack, Deco and the most recent name to join this infamous list: Fernando Torres.
But the question that I have for the Russian billionaire is: "Did the existing managers ask for, or even want, these players?".
If not, then for whom did Abramovich spend so much money to bring these superstars in?
Another recurring theme during the Abramovich era has been the firing of managers who have not lived up to his expectations. This is where is gets even more interesting.
Jose Mourinho was more than just the manager at Stamford Bridge. Fans couldn't help loving him and opposition fans couldn't help but hate and yet respect him at the same time. He had everything that any player or fan at the club wanted in their manager. The chants of "Jose Mourinho...Jose Mourinho" echoed at the bridge in every game. He was larger than life and following him meant everything to a true blue.
His only flaw was that he became bigger than Abramovich at Chelsea. Next thing you know, he was fired.
After a long list of managers suffered the wrath of Abramovich in the next four to five seasons, there came along a certain Roberto Matteo, who did what no one else could. He touched the moon so to say. He made Chelsea the best team in Europe and he did it against all possible odds.
The average Chelsea fan was now dreaming of a manager who would be at the helm for longer than what he had planned for when handed over the responsibilities of the club. Being an ex-Chelsea player himself, he was more passionate than some of the players about winning at the Bridge.
Fans loved him more than anything else. Within six months of this huge success and after a streak of just seven bad games, guess what: he was shown the door too.
Is Abramovich trying to give a message to the fans? Is he trying to tell them that the success of the club has more to do with him than the managers or players he has brought in?
Chelsea have been winning a lot of trophies since Abramovich took charge, but there has been precious little that has remained constant at the club during this time, apart from the Russian billionaire himself.
Is he trying to create a legacy that remains forever with the club? If so, he does not need to do it. Chelsea is what it is today because of him and the last person who needs to know that is the man himself.
Then why is he on this mission to not let anyone else become synonymous with the club? Does he want the love and fame that players like Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard have enjoyed with the fans? Or does he want true Chelsea fans to follow and praise him rather than a Mourinho or Di Matteo?
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