Roman Remains Committed To Blues Says Buck

Bela TrimmelCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich applaudes after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge on May 17, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Chelsea fans everywhere have watched the team go through the past three Champions League and Premiership campaigns and wondered if the failure to acquire trophies would lead to the departure of team owner Roman Abramovich.

The Russian oli magnate is not accustomed to losing in his ventures and speculation has been heavy that he would abandon ownership of Chelsea if they failed to secure a Champions League title.

All of those fears can now be allayed.

Chelsea's new chairman, Bruce Buck, announced on Wednesday that he and the board are adamant that the Russian will remain in West London.

However, he also commented that if Abramovich were to leave, the club would be able to survive.

While Abramovich has steadily scaled back his overall spending, a mantle now taken up by Manchester City, the club has struggled to break even.

Stabilizing the clubs bottom line was one of the priorities of outgoing chairman, Peter Kenyon, who failed to make good on his commitment.

Buck went on to comment that the status of Mr. Abamovich's ownership is a key factor observed by the board on a yearly basis. Based on their recent observation, the Russian will remain at the financial helm of the West London side for the near future.