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Chelsea's Transfers And Managers In The Premier League-Era

Chelsea’s Manager And Player Transfer Policy

Transfer Policy

Chelsea F.C.’s manager policy under Roman Abramovich has been peculiar, to say the least. The Blues owner has a history of falling out with the men who manage his most famous business interest.

The Russian billionaire has dismissed not one, not three, not five, but nine top-class managers since his purchase of the club. Despite this, success has been frequent for the London club, although there is a sense of a lack of stability within the club. The player recruitment policy has taken quite some criticism as well.

Transfer decisions used to be headed by the technical director, Michael Emenalo, who spoke with the head coach regularly, as well as to agents and intermediaries. Emenalo worked alongside Marina Granovskaia, a trusted advisor to owner Roman Abramovich, who became involved in Chelsea transfer activity under a decade ago. Chelsea is yet to replace Emenalo, and may well be considering a different transfer model.

A final financial decision lies with the owner, with Granovskaia in charge of negotiations. Abramovich’s part to play is to consider targets and provide the green light.


Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has been vocal in his criticism of Chelsea’s board when he questioned the club’s flawed transfer policy. Chelsea are on course for missing out on the Champions League, 24 points behind City, having played one more game, after finishing 15 points ahead of them last season.

Conte believes that the biggest difference between the two mega-rich clubs was in their transfer activity over the past few transfer windows. Guardiola and Manchester City kept their best players and spent over £200m on a handful of top quality additions such as Bernard Silva, Ederson, and Kyle Walker.

Chelsea, on the other hand, lost three world class players in Diego Costa, John Terry, and Nemanja Matic, and failed to replace them appropriately.

Even though the Blues also spent over £200m, it was spread across seven signings and it can be argued that only Alvaro Morata is in the top bracket, and even he has struggled in recent weeks. Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta and the rest have failed to impress and the January window has told a similar tale, with the arrivals of Ross Barkley and Emerson Palmeri failing to deliver for Chelsea.  Olivier Giroud has been lively, and only time will tell how that turns out.


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