By Kieran Lovelock
In 2003 Roman Abramovich (photo) took over at Chelsea and less than two years later the club had gone from the verge of extinction to runaway Premiership champions.
Abramovich was reportedly worth $14 billion at the time and was unrestrictive in the wages he would offer Chelsea recruits and the money he would give his managers. There was little strategy in terms of bringing youth through and no player was out of reach hence the immediate success Chelsea experienced whenAbramovich first came in.
But although Abramovich invested serious amounts of his own hard earned cash in Chelsea he has always given his managers freedom in who they hire and who they fire. In a way it was a dream combination with a bottomless pit of money being on call from a man who didn’t care how it was spent.
However in recent seasons things seemed to have changed. Sources at Stamford Bridge…
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