What Roman Abramovich’s decision means for Chelsea as owners step aside

Questions are being raised after Roman Abramovich confirmed his plan to hand over management and care of Chelsea to the club’s charity after nearly 20 years at the helm.

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Roman Abramovich is expected to remain Chelsea’s owner despite his vehement decision to give up “the right to manage and care for” the club, but the Russian’s announcement has raised some questions about the What can happen in the long run?

55 years old made an announcement when he attracted attention amid the Russian invasion Ukrainewith British MP Chris Bryant calling the longtime Chelsea boss to be banned from owning the club.

Abramovich’s statement drew criticism, with Piers Morgan attacks “weasel words” and Sayings of Micah Richards “After the last few days and just saying you’re giving it to charity, I think it’s pathetic.”

Now, Mirror Football take a closer look at what the latest developments mean for the football club as they prepare to take on Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final.

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Chelsea have won the Champions League twice under Abramovich’s ownership


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Although Abramovich will remain Chelsea’s owner, the latest developments suggest he has stepped back from some of his responsibilities at the club.

Based on ESPNhe will no longer have the final say on “important decisions, including player transfers and the future of the respective head coaches”.

However, according to the same report, this is not to be seen as a foretaste of Abramovich’s desire to sell the football club, with sources also dismissing the suggestion the Russians are making in an attempt to evade the charges. sanctions.

walkie talkie note that any party interested in making a bid to buy Chelsea may not be required to negotiate directly with Abramovich, even though Chelsea continue to maintain the club not for sale despite reported on Bloomberg suggests that potential suitors are on “high alert” amid recent developments.

Some responsibilities have been assigned to Chelsea foundation, whose? five trustees including club president Bruce Buck and Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes.

As reported by The Telegraph, though, the fiduciaries’ responsibilities do not include transfer and contract decisions or any changes regarding the future of Blues manager Thomas Tuchel.

Those are understood to be in the hands of director Marina Granovskaia and technical and performance advisor Petr Cech.

Granovskaia has been on Chelsea’s board since 2013, while Cech – a Champions League winner with the club in 2012, taking over his current role after ending his playing career with Arsenal in 2019.

Granovskaia and Cech are responsible for transfer and contract decisions


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The Telegraph claims that Abramovich’s decision was made with the intention of allowing Tuchel and his team to carry on with their own day-to-day responsibilities without letting the war in Ukraine overshadow what is happening in the west. London.

Chelsea will take on Liverpool in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, with a FA Cup a trip to Luton and a Champions League encounter with Lille are both on the horizon.

There is no indication at this stage whether Abramovich will return to his previous duties at Chelsea.

The Russians bought the London club in the summer of 2003, since they have already won some Premier League trophies, numerous European titles and – most recently – the Club World Cup.

“I always make decisions in the best interest of the Club. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am giving the trustees of the Chelsea Charity the power today. manage and take care of Chelsea FC”, Abramovich said in his statement.

“I believe they are now in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, the players, the staff and the fans.”

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