Date:Tuesday January 8 2013
Why Chelsea will dominate for years to come...
In the first part of this series we discussed about the future of English top flight and who the new power centers would be
In the comments section I came across interesting notes on City and Arsenal and why they will continue to be a dominant force. This has encouraged me to do a detailed analysis of why they won`t make it in the long run. In today`s chapter we shall talk about Chelsea Football Club and her destiny to succeed. There is no single reason in my belief but various pointers than indicate this. For the convenience of the reader we shall sub-divide this into smaller topics such as;-
3. The power of investment v spending
4. Soft power
5. Current situation
6. The setup structure
Today we will deal with the first topic...
The Ownership, the Roman Empire and its Emperor.
Roman Abramovich is not just any man, but the man. In club football one could argue he is the best owner around. Two and a half decades back he was no more than a plastic toys seller in the Soviet Union. He is an example of capitalism in a communist environment. With nothing but wits and political shrewdness he cut himself a slice of Russia`s large oil cake. Putin and Roman are the biggest buddies these days. A self made billionaire, changed his world and the Chelsea world one day.
A footballing newbie, he was as curious as a teenage boy when he sat at the Santiago Bernabeu watching footballing giants Real Madrid play against a smaller team called Chelsea. Something happened to roman that day. Roman Abramovich had fallen in love.
Since then there has been no looking back as he pumped more than a billion into the club. But that`s not why he`s the best owner in club football. It never was. Yes the money is important, but there is more to being a great owner than just splashing the cash. Of late the man has come under heavy criticism for firing a club legend Champions League winning manager in Di Matteo and replacing him with a man who everyone loves to hate. So what makes Roman special?
1. Unquenchable desire - minutes after Chelsea`s Champions League success Roman tells his players, now I want you to have 3 stars on your shirt like Bayern.
2. He`s nuts- in a good way for us. His quest to be the best may have in the past led to panic decisions in the past (and I believe it`s a thing of the past - I`ll explain this in the chapter talking about organizational structure). But drive and determination and the top levels of management are required to make any organization competitive!
3. Foresight -as I write this article Roman Abramovich has just bought his daughter a horse worth millions as a gift (you`d think what a waste of money) and at the same time invests £3.4 billion in Oxford Catalysts, an energy company dedicated to renewable energy and energy production from house waste. This shows a man who is both willing to spend on what he loves but also a man who knows how to plan for the future.
4. Learning football - one of his biggest criticism is that the man does not understand his footie but according to Mourinho a typical Abramovich weekend includes watching man, many matches in the Premier League and La Liga. Whether he learns a thing or not he definitely is not as out of touch with the game as people want you to believe.
5. Change in attitude - there has been a change in Roman over the years. His backing of Andre Villas-Boas till he had no choice, his appointment of Michael Emenalo as Technical Director
(to be explored in subsequent chapters) and his general will to move towards the perfection of a club.
6. The man who wont walk away - his desire to build Chelsea a bigger stadium and his will (upon Roman`s death £50 million will be made available to Chelsea per year for ten years to ensure the club continues to do well even when he`s not around to see it). Hardly what rival fans want you to believe! That Chelsea is just the toy of a rich man.
7. Iron will - the treatment of senior players like Frank Lampard by refusing to renew their contracts definitely looks cold. I love Frank and Cole. But I do feel this is not just the FFP. It`s Roman breaking player power. It`s going to be painful. But in medicine, some procedures need to be done for long term benefit of the patient.
Before the comments section is full of the 'manager instability thing' I`d like to say that it will be discussed in subsequent chapters. So will other sub headings.
We will next talk about ambition in the next chapter. For now goodbye
'I want 3 stars on the Chelsea shirt' - Roman Abramovich (minutes after the first star was won)
Date:Tuesday January 8 2013
Mourinho Has Nothing to Prove (Friday May 24 2013)
In response to (The king is where he belongs now) (Friday May 24 2013)
Looking Towards the Bundesliga (Friday May 24 2013)
The King is back where he belongs. (Friday May 24 2013)
Mourinho had an AVB (Thursday May 23 2013)
Arnesen and Hamburg Part Company (Thursday May 23 2013)
Two Game Ban Conundrum? (Thursday May 23 2013)
Turkish Striker Interest Registered! (Thursday May 23 2013)
Match Day Moments - Man City (USA) (Thursday May 23 2013)
Mourinho Arrives at Chelsea in £50 Million Deal (Thursday May 23 2013)
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