Chelsea A Decade On: Thanks Roman

Time flies when you’re having fun, that’s what they say isn’t it? And the last ten years under Roman Abramovich has been a blast hasn’t it? Well, relatively speaking anyway: 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 2 Community Shields, 1 European Cup, 1 Europa Cup – not to be sniffed at is it? Particularly when we’ve been told as each and every year and each and every trophy has passed, he’ll get bored with his toy soon and do the off. The past ten years have been many things but boring certainly isn’t one of them.

From a club with a hotel it didn’t need and debts it definitely didnt want, within hours of the £140 million deal being announced Roman was playing Football Manager – with real money – and for the brief spell he was granted, Claudio Ranieri must’ve thought it was his birthday.

Of course, when it comes to the managers, it’s always been a case of ‘brief spells’ under Roman and some might suggest the reason we’ve gone full circle is because he’s run out of managers willing to put themselves in this particular line of fire but the return of Jose Mourinho might signal the start of some stability where that’s concerned – and even if it doesn’t, the one certainty is it’ll be entertaining.

As for the spending (and God knows we’ve been beaten with that particular stick countless times over the last decade), surely the point is to get to the top of the pile and no club will get there without some sort of investment, so what’s the issue? Yes, he’s spent millions on players, but Roman’s also invested in the club itself, be it facilities, staff or players, the money spent has been an investment for the benefit of Chelsea’s future as much as the here and now.

And yes, we’ll question the things he does – I certainly do – but that’s our right as supporters because whatever Roman might have put in, we’ve invested ten times over in blood, sweat and tears because the bottom line is we want the best for our club – and for the last decade, Roman has delivered that.

Thank you Mr Abramovich.

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