How Roman Abramovich Ruined Soccer
Luis Felipe Scolari is the latest casualty of the wasteful attitude that plagues soccer in Europe. He signed on as the new manager of famed Chelsea Football Club in London last summer, and was hailed has the man that would bring success back to Stamford Bridge, the London stadium. Now, seven months later, he finds himself out of a job.
Scolari is not the first to meet this fate. Avram Grant, the previous Chelsea boss, was sacked after an equally short stint on the job.
The man behind this madness is Roman Abramovich – the Russian billionaire who owns the club. Abramovich sees Chelsea as his toy, albeit an expensive toy. For every new manager, there is a collection of bonuses and signing on fees and then when they are fired they look for a compensation package.
Is there nothing better for Mr. Abramovich to do with his money? No charities or people in need that are more deserving of his fortune? The soccer business needs to take a long look at itself. This very same story is unfolding in almost every big club in the world. And the only people benefiting are the big name managers who only have to turn up for a few months and can then disappear.
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