Chelsea FC: Roman Abramovich's 4 Worst Decisions as Blues Owner
Roman Abramovich has owned Chelsea for nine years and has helped the London side reach great heights. The Russian billionaire has spent hundreds of millions of pounds on building Chelsea into one of Europe's top clubs.
While Abramovich has helped the Pensioners in many ways, he has made some big mistakes over the years. The 46-year-old thinks like an enthusiastic supporter when making decisions and absolutely hates losing games.
Here's a list of Abramovich's four worst decisions as Chelsea owner.
Firing Ray Wilkins
In November 2010, Chelsea sacked Ray Wilkins.
It is still unclear why Wilkins was fired, but it certainly should have been prevented by Abramovich. Chelsea were in first at the time and the few months after Wilkins' departure saw the team drop down to fifth place.
Chelsea didn't win any silverware in the 2010-11 campaign and Carlo Ancelotti was fired in May. If Ray Wilkins had not been fired seven months earlier, it may have been a completely different season for the Blues.
Spending £50 Million on Fernando Torres
It looks like Chelsea made a mistake in buying Fernando Torres.
The 28-year-old has shown glimpses of his old self but looks unable to score goals on a weekly basis. Torres has played under three managers (excluding Benitez) at Stamford Bridge, but none of them have been able to get the best out of the Spaniard.
Torres still has time to prove his worth on Chelsea but it seems unlikely.
Jose Mourinho's Departure
Jose Mourinho left Chelsea by mutual consent in September 2007. The Portuguese manager left Stamford Bridge after winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups.
Mourinho and Abramovich weren't on good terms throughout 2007 and it seemed inevitable that "The Special One" would leave Chelsea. Nonetheless, Mourinho had three very good years with the London side and won five trophies during that time—more than any other Chelsea manager.
Since his departure, the Blues have hired seven different managers, none of whom could keep their job for over two years.
Mourinho didn't have a good relationship with Abramovich but he certainly knew how to manage Chelsea.
Hiring Rafael Benitez
This may be Abramovich's strangest decision ever.
It is bizarre that the Chelsea owner would pick a coach who has publicly mocked and criticized Blues fans in the past.
Even before Benitez managed his first game for his new team, many Chelsea fans were outraged with Abramovich's choice.
Now, after three games in charge, Benitez is even worse off. Chelsea have only scored one goal since the Spaniard's arrival and have earned two points from a possible nine.