July 1 marks 10 years since Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea and after claiming 11 trophies in his first decade, including repeated Premier League success, Sky
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, writing in a national newspaper, revealed that he believed Abramovich’s Chelsea would be successful from the first moments the billionaire bought the club from Ken Bates. “ What came through to me loud and clear in those early days was the new owner’s passion for the game and potential he saw for what Chelsea could achieve, both on and off the pitch,” he wrote.
Buck added: “ Few people would have comprehended 10 years ago how Roman Abramovich’s ownership would quickly transform Chelsea, taking them from a club facing mid-table mediocrity and near-bankruptcy to become one of the most formidable football teams in the world.”
Abramovich has a history of dispensing with managers with little ceremony or after only a short time in the dugout but Buck defended the owner’s decisions, pointing to the hefty trophy haul such an approach has generated.
“Yes, there is no denying that there have been almost the same number of managers as there have been trophies (11) but the proof is in the pudding,” Buck said. He also backed Jose Mourinho to continue the club’s success: “ Will Roman Abramovich become bored, having won all the major trophies? My answer is no. Can Jose Mourinho bring more success to the club? My answer is yes.”
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