Boehly shows his ruthless side

September, 09/2022 - 08:34
Now granted, they’ve not had the best of starts to the season, played six, won three, drawn one and lost two in the league, plus a defeat in the opening match of their Champions League group stage, but was that really grounds to give Tuchel the boot?
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (left) posing for a photo with new signing Raheme Sterling. Photo courtesy of Chelsea FC

Paul Kennedy

It was my intention to write this week about VAR. After so many dodgy decisions of late, I had it all mapped out what I was going to say.

I was planning on weighing up the pros and cons (obviously far more cons than pros) and looking at sensible alternatives and solutions to ensure a better balance in Video Assistant Refereeing.

Then, after Chelsea parted company with their manager Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday, my plans were ripped up and tossed out the window and instead I find myself writing once again about the insanity at Stamford Bridge.

After trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich jumped ship, American billionaire Todd Boehly splashed the cash and bought Chelsea FC.

Stability, at last, or so many thought, no more revolving door for managers to come and go. Well, that’s clearly not the case.

Just days after the transfer window closed, with Chelsea spending a whopping $320 million on new players, they have fired their manager.

Now granted, they’ve not had the best of starts to the season, played six, won three, drawn one and lost two in the league, plus a defeat in the opening match of their Champions League group stage, but was that really grounds to give Tuchel the boot?

I knew very little about Boehly before he bought the club, but I think it’s fair to say that he does like the limelight.

Just seven matches into his reign as Chelsea custodian, he has already wielded the axe and got rid of the coach.

Word on the street was that he was desperate to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in the last week but met strong resistance from Tuchel.

Brighton’s Graham Potter is supposedly the front-runner to take over, sooner rather than later by all accounts.

And while Potter has done well at Albion this season, I wonder if he is the right man for the job? He clearly has the ability, but does he really want to work for an owner who seems to be so hands-on?

I even saw a photo of Boehly posing with new signings, including Raheem Sterling. Surely that’s not the place of the owner?

Heard but not seen.

I do fear that Boehly, despite having experience running sports clubs in his native US, may be a little bit out of touch when it comes to English football.

And that’s a worry for Chelsea supporters.

I’ve no doubt he’s an excellent businessman, but to invest such a large sum of money into new players and then fire the manager just a week or so after the transfer window closes seems utter madness.

If it is Potter who gets the job, then the owner needs to take a huge step back, and let the manager manage.

E-paper