In the spotlight: Roman Abramovich and Huw Jenkins

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 20 January 2016, 12:57

This week The Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) focuses on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, who were the men behind the last two Premier League managerial casualties: Jose Mourinho and Garry Monk.

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH has helped kill off the one lingering hope that there was anyone left in English football who could think straight.

Just a few weeks ago the now deposed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed his job was safe because of two things:

One - he was the most successful boss the club had ever had, delivering three Premier League titles during his two spells in charge. Correct.

Two - he declared the sacking culture at Stamford Bridge had changed following discussions with owner Abramovich to pave the way for his return in 2013. Incorrect.

Mourinho naively stuck to this belief all the while Chelsea's results and position in the Premier League table fell away.

The more romantic and sensible thinkers among us were foolishly buoyed by Mourinho's repeated insistence that he had the backing of his Russian boss and that this was a long term plan.

In the end of course it was revealed to be an utter farce.

When push came to shove, even billionaire Abramovich with his vast wealth did not feel insured enough against short-term failure and so fell into line with every other modern day football club and sacked his manager.

And with it went any faint belief that here was one controversial figure who would finally prove he could be good for the English game.

Interestingly, Andre Villas Boas, formerly of Chelsea and now of Zenit St.Petersburg piped up in the past few days to ram home the point that Abramovich has 'sacked every coach who ever worked for him'. It's stating the obvious but chilling nonetheless.

We expect regular sackings at other clubs.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has made himself look silly by axing Garry Monk, putting former player Alan Curtis in charge and then being forced to recruit Francesco Guidolin to put out the fires burning in South Wales with his team in freefall.

Swansea need TV money. Chelsea have plenty of their own with Abramovich's deep pockets, irrespective of Financial Fair Play.

Here was one owner who could easily bankroll relegation if it came to it.

Anyone who has ever played for Chelsea got close enough to Abramovich, ie anyone being paid a lot of money by him, takes great pleasure in gushing how the Stamford Bridge paymaster loves football.

In summer 2014, Mourinho went to great lengths to explain that he was on a long term mission to bring through Chelsea academy players, English ones if possible, to put the brakes on the culture of swamping our game with a tide of foreign imports.

Go back and look at Abramovich's cheesy grin and seal-like applauding when Londoner Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored his first goal for them in the FA Cup win over Scunthorpe.

Yes, people like Abramovich are all for bringing through home-grown players when it suits them; when they come on to score a winning goal once all the bought in superstars have done the hard bit.

Jenkins's actions in giving Monk the boot have come back and bit him on the backside and it could yet prove a painful experience despite Monday's narrow win over Watford.

He showed that chairmen can panic when a vast amount of TV money is at stake. Abramovich confirmed it.

So never again will a manager be given time to build from the bottom up and create a team instead of grabbing one off the peg before he gets sacked himself.


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