Chelsea owner Abramovich accused of being out of touch

A report from Warwick Business School commissioned by Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers’ Association, has criticised Roman Abramovich for a high turnover of managers in his time at Chelsea, while Bevan branded foreign owners such as Roman Abramovich as “out of touch” and reminded them of their “responsibility” to English football, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Using the Russian’s ownership of Chelsea to study the impact of routinely changing a club’s manager after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked last Sunday, the report declares that: “ [Frequently changing the manager] results in instability and can damage, rather than improve performance.

Bevan added: “[Abramovich has] a responsibility to the good of the game… Remote owners are on occasions out of touch with the terraces.

Villas-Boas was relieved of his position by Abramovich after a run of form that saw Chelsea slip to fifth in the Premier League, outside the Champions League qualification places, while the Blues’ progression in this year’s competition is in doubt following a 3-1 first-leg defeat by Napoli. The return leg at Stamford Bridge takes place next week.

Roberto Di Matteo, formerly Villas-Boas’ assistant and a Chelsea midfielder between 1996 and 2002, has been appointed interim manager. The Italian began his tenure with a 2-0 FA Cup win over Birmingham City on Tuesday, and faces Stoke City at home this weekend.

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