AFTER Chelsea’s 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City, it feels as if his time his up.
There is no Plan B, no long-term vision and little hope of him turning things around.
EPA9 Mauruizio Sarri has seen Chelsea lose 4-0 and 6-0 in their past two Premier League away games – at Bournemouth and then Manchester City
And we’re not just talking about Maurizio Sarri here but the big man himself, Roman Abramovich.
Sixteen years after the takeover that shook English football, and set the trend for the foreign dominance of the Premier League, Abramovich has become just another absentee landlord.
The man who bankrolled five Premier League titles, a European Cup and nine more major trophies is on the wane.
Speaking to Sky Italia on Sunday night, Sarri laid bare Chelsea’s leadership void.
EPA9 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could be ponding his future and his lack of direct involvement at Stamford Bridge after they slipped out of the top four
Rex Features9 At least main man Eden Hazard has been restored to the wing after he and France midfielder N'Golo Kante were regularly used out of position this term
He said: “If the president (Abramovich) calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him. I don’t know what to expect.”
This has been Chelsea’s most glaring problem since Abramovich’s visa issues became apparent soon after last year’s Salisbury poisoning affair.
A couple of innocent Russian lads pop over to look at a tall cathedral and a once-mighty footballing empire crumbles . . .
Well, the UK government were actually tightening up on “investor visas” for wealthy allies of Vladimir Putin before the Skripal case.