Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner, has been criticized for his lack of patience with the managers of his side as there were a lot of coaching changes but Didier Drogba understands it and he defends his former boss.
Drogba, who also confirmed he plans to retire from playing after 2018, won four Premier League titles and the same number of FA Cups in two spells at Stamford Bridge and he denies that Chelsea is an “unstable club” thanks to these changes. He believes that today, there is no coach who would be able to last for more than three years.
The Chelsea legend spoke about Roman Abramovich, as he said, according to ESPN: “Everyone says Chelsea isn’t very stable. But in modern-day football, there is no coach who lasts more than three or four years at a club. I asked him [Abramovich]: ‘We have had how many managers in how many seasons?’ He replied: ‘But Didier, each time I have done it, we have got results.'”
The former Ivory Coast international also added that it’s a quite normal thing: “What’s happening now is normal. Two years ago, they were on the brink of relegation. Last year, with one match a week, everything went well. The coach came in with drastic methods and the club became champions again. But most of the players have never been further than a Champions League quarterfinal or semifinal for a while.”
Didier Drogba, in the end, claimed that it’s definitely not a part of Abramovich’s strategy: “No because when the managers come in they have carte blanche at the club. They do what they want. Having said that, I don’t see the relationship with the chairman on a daily basis. But you can’t get into a conflict with your boss. If that’s the case, it’s that you want to leave.”