Posted on September 21, 2007
Roman Abramovich will reportedly be looking to take a more ‘hands on’ role at Chelski following Jose Mourinho’s departure.
Former Israeli national coach and friend of the Russian owner Avram Grant has been appointed Mourinho’s successor at Stamford Bridge.
And The Guardian reports that Abramovich will take a more personal role in the running of the team.
The paper quotes a source at Chelski saying:
“[Abramovich] won’t pick the team but he will be more aware of the team [than under Mourinho]. It is the Russian way: they like to be the boss when they are paying for things.
“Mourinho made mistakes but at the beginning of the season everything was very bright. The personal relationship between Abramovich and Mourinho looked very positive. Everyone was happy but then they lost games, and results and performances, when he had promised to change the system for much more entertaining football, changed that.”
One of the key points that led to the deterioration of the relationship between Abramovich and Mourinho was the style of football at Chelski, and Grant may be more willing to pander to the owner’s wishes that Mourinho was.
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