Chelsea mess a reminder that splashing cash is no guarantee of success | Jacob Steinberg

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Sacking of two managers in months and bloated squad does not put Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali in a good light

Perhaps Graham Potter was on to something when he called it the hardest job in football. Everyone has seen Chelsea’s latest owners talk a good game, hire a slow‑build coach, spend a fortune and try to stay calm during the tough times. The idea, to be different from Roman Abramovich, was noble. In reality, given everything that has happened since Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali assumed control last summer, it is hard not to wonder whether Abramovich has been questioning why exactly he is the one accused of presiding over a ruthless culture, not least because the record shows that even the most demanding of Russian oligarchs never got through two managerial sackings in a single campaign.

It is not a comparison that frames Boehly and Eghbali in a good light as they step up their search for Potter’s replacement and consider the virtues of Julian Nagelsmann, Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Rúben Amorim. Already the great disruptors stand accused of achieving little more than repeatedly getting in their own way and, having burned through two managers in seven chaotic months, there is one big challenge facing Chelsea’s board: convincing their next hire that all those promises about building a collaborative culture really did count for something.

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Written by Jacob Steinberg
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