This week, Roman Abramovich reached his ten year anniversary as Chelsea owner.

The Russian tycoon has dramatically transformed English football like no other since taking over from Ken Bates and the debt-ridden club.

The arrival of the mercurial billionaire has changed the fortunes of the west London outfit in more ways than one. But here, we take a look at what sort of overall impact the 'Roman Empire' has had on England's top flight.

Blues' fans will undoubtedly recognise and appreciate what their 'silent' owner has put into the club. Abramovich lets his money do the talking and my word has his money spoken.

His complete renovation of Chelsea's training ground in Cobham, now a state of the art facility coupled with the construction of Chelsea Village, a touch of class has been added to an already affluent part of London.

The 46-year-old owner holds vast assets in major oil companies amongst other things, which has led to his net worth of $14.6 billion.

Abramovich has by no means been shy to splash his cash on world-class signings and his mass investment in his hobby that is Chelsea Football Club is there for all to see.

Managers have come and gone, more frequently than most. Short-term success rather than longevity is a philosophy that the Russian has seemed to follow and this is reflected by his chopping and changing of coaches.

Since his arrival, ten appointments have been made, Jose Mourinho's return being the most recent. Paying huge wages has not yet proved a stumbling block for the Chelsea chairman, as despite the lack of stability, the club have reaped rewards of trophy success. From Champions League pretenders to Champions League contenders.

In 2012, former Chelsea hero Roberto Di Matteo led the club to the pinnacle of what Abramovich was so desperate to achieve - securing the club's first ever European Cup triumph following an epic penalty shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich.

However, during his time Abramovich has often been viewed as the catalyst to the demise of fellow clubs and promising stars. Purchasing young talent from mid-table sides, and despite the argument that it provides them with foundations to build the team, it has worked to the detriment of some.

The likes of Charlton were relegated following Scott Parker's sale, and yet the defensive midfielder rarely got a look-in at Stamford Bridge and soon moved on to pastures new.

Players like Shaun Wright-Phillips and Josh McEachren are to name but a few. All exciting talents that have not been given the chance to flourish.

The English national team has, as a result, felt the brunt. Irrespective of the likes of Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry being predominant figures throughout the Abramovich era, many Englishmen have stagnated on the gold plated substitutes bench.

On the other hand, his arrival helped encourage foreign investment, most notably Manchester City. This has raised the bar of competition to what was beginning to look like a Manchester United and Arsenal title tilt, year after year.

Providing the Premier League with even more commercial value and entertainment, overseas talent have become enticed by the prospect of playing in the league.

Since Roman's spell, English clubs have featured in eight out of 11 Champions League finals, a staggering rise to pre-Abramovich.

Like him or loath him, Abramovich has become an iconic figure within the English game and he is here to stay, as the Roman dynasty looks to continue on the 'King's Road'.

 

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