Roman Abramovich

  • EPL Team Preview: Mourinho's Chelsea can't afford another trophyless season August 13, 2014

    London: Perhaps only Jose Mourinho could survive as Chelsea manager following a trophyless season. Surely another year of failure would stretch the patience of owner Roman Abramovich again. When his six years in exile from Stamford Bridge ended last year, Mourinho could reasonably claim that time was required to rebuild...
  • Chelsea comply with FFP rules despite USD81m deficit January 1, 2014

    London: Roman Abramovich's Chelsea will comply with new European Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules despite returning to loss for the year ending June 2013. "Although the Europa League was won, a reduction in income from that success compared with winning the Champions League in 2012 contributed to a loss for the...
  • Abramovich never interfered in team affairs: Mourinho June 16, 2013

    London: Jose Mourinho has rejected the notion Roman Abramovich interfered in team affairs in his first spell as Chelsea manager and also denied the Russian owner went over his head to land bigmoney buy Andriy Shevchenko in 2006. Mourinho said he was in complete control of all playing matters between 200407...
  • Mancini not afraid despite Champions League exit November 22, 2012

    Manchester: If Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners were as ruthless as Chelsea's Russian billionaire boss Roman Abramovich, then City coach Roberto Mancini would already be out a job following his side's elimination from the Champions League. Abramovich wasted no time on Wednesday sacking Italian Roberto Di Matteo three months after...
  • Di Matteo silent on Chelsea future after Munich May 21, 2012

    Munich: After leading Chelsea to the biggest trophy in club football, Roberto di Matteo's future as manager of the London club is still in doubt. Di Matteo had a conversation with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich after the team's penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday,...
  • Chelsea have to start again, admits Mata March 6, 2012

    London: Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata believes that the west London side "have to start again" following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas in order to salvage their season. The Portuguese manager was shown the door with just nine months at Stamford Bridge under his belt after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against West Brom. With...
  • Who next for Chelsea? - Possible Contenders March 5, 2012

    London: Arguably the hottest of hot seats in soccer is vacant yet again after Chelsea's ruthless Russian owner Roman Abramovich removed Andre Villas-Boas on Sunday. The callow Portuguese lasted just 256 days at Stamford Bridge before "the project", as he usually referred to the task of revitalising the west London club's...
  • Chelsea 'embarrassment' to EPL: Managers' chief March 5, 2012

    London: Chelsea have become a "serious embarrassment" to the Premier League after firing Andre Villas-Boas just eight months in his reign, the head of England's League Managers' Association said on Monday. Dumping the inexperienced 34-year-old Villas-Boas after only 40 games in charge on Sunday left owner Roman Abramovich searching for his...
  • A raw deal for Villas-Boas at Chelsea March 5, 2012

    Good grief! Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked by the autocratic Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. It's sad that things have come to such a pretty pass in such a short time. The poor man couldn't hold his job for a little more than eight months. The news is saddening, though not...
  • Don't need all players to back me: Villas-Boas February 17, 2012

    London: Under-fire Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas declared he doesn't need the support of the entire squad as long as he is backed by owner Roman Abramovich. A 2-0 loss at Everton on Saturday left Chelsea fifth in the Premier League and out of the Champions League qualification places. Villas-Boas hauled his under-performing...
  • Chelsea reveal hiring Villas-Boas cost $45m February 9, 2012

    London: Chelsea spent 28 million Pounds on firing manager Carlo Ancelotti and hiring Andre Villas-Boas, an outlay that does not appear to be paying off with the team performing worse in the English Premier League this season. Ancelotti was ditched in May after failing to win a trophy in his second...
  • Chelsea to have Hiddink, Advocaat to take Russia reins February 27, 2009

    New Delhi: Tsar Guus could remain Blues boss beyond season's end if his compatriot takes his international gig. According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will attempt to keep Guus Hiddink on as manager by convincing Dick Advocaat, the Zenit St Petersburg boss, to coach Russia. Hiddink is currently at...
  • Chelsea owner personally sacked Scolari: Spokesman February 11, 2009

    New Delhi: Big Phil's spokesman is pointing the finger squarely at Chelsea's owner for the Brazilian's sacking, claiming the Russian intervened personally in the matter. Following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari as Chelsea manager on Monday, a spokesman for the coach has insisted that the ultimate decision to dismiss the...
  • Chelsea boot out manager Grant after eight months May 25, 2008

    London: Chelsea sacked manager Avram Grant on Saturday, three days after his team were beaten on penalties in the Champions League final by Manchester United. "Chelsea Football Club can confirm that Avram Grant has had his contract as manager terminated today. This follows meetings over the last two days," the Premier...