At Chelsea, power has slowly been taken away from the managers over the last few years, with more emphasis and importance placed on board members and the Blues’ owner, Roman Abramovich.
This was perhaps most evident with the sale of Petr Cech to Arsenal, with – according to the Times – Roman Abramovich intervening on the matter to give Cech the move that he wanted against the wishes of Jose Mourinho.
Often, the club will do what they feel is best, regardless of what the manager thinks, and this involves everything from transfers to contractual offers.
Indeed, according to a recent discussion with Jose Mourinho, when the Portuguese appeared as a pundit on beIN Sports, the former Chelsea boss has revealed exactly the sort of influence that the club brass had on his team. Indeed, he’s stated that the club sold attacker Mohammed Salah against his wishes, with the manager instead rating the attacker highly enough that he wanted to keep a hold of him.
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This only reinforces what we already know about the Blues, and it’s further evidence of the disconnect between the club and the management.
Chelsea, though, seemingly have yet to learn from their mistakes. They’ve continued to take power away from managers, with Maurizio Sarri recently noting that Christian Pulisic was signed without his prior knowledge.
Whether that turns out to be a good or bad decision remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: Roman Abramovich cannot afford to make the same mistakes with Maurizio Sarri as he made with regards to Mohammed Salah and Jose Mourinho.
Will Hudson-Odoi be the next Mohammed Salah? Time will tell, but you can bet that if he turns out in a Liverpool shirt in a few years and emerges as one of Europe’s best players, the blame can only lie with the Chelsea brass.
The reason? Chelsea simply have too much talent for the club to give up on.
That’s certainly the case for young Callum Hudson-Odoi. The Englishman’s future continues to look uncertain amidst interest from Bayern Munich, yet Sarri has continually stated that he wants him to remain at the club. The manager arguably hasn’t given the youngster enough minutes on the field, but that matters little, given the recent surge that he’s had in the first team. Still, if Chelsea were to decide to sell him based on the fact that Bayern Munich have offered a large sum of money, that would go against the wishes of the manager, and that’s the opposite of what the club should be doing.
This situation isn’t just limited to young players. The board’s desire to make changes against the manager’s wishes is also prevalent at a higher level. Specifically, Cesc Fabregas was recently sold to Monaco, and Maurizio Sarri admitted that he would rather have kept the midfielder. However, with the club insistent on limiting themselves to one year contracts for players above the age of 30, the manager’s hands were tied. You can only imagine that, with a number of other Chelsea players like Willian growing older, this problem will only continue to cause issues.
It makes no sense for the Chelsea brass to go against the boss. Not back under Mourinho, and not now under Sarri. They should be working as one for a singular goal; and so far, they haven’t shown any sign of doing that. Will Hudson-Odoi be the next Mohammed Salah? Time will tell, but you can bet that if he turns out in a Liverpool shirt in a few years and emerges as one of Europe’s best players, the blame can only lie with the Chelsea brass.
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