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Get Abramovich to London, keep Willian: Lampard’s key Chelsea tasks

Coaxing more from experienced fringe players is also vital for the manager, whose first game is at Bohemian on WednesdayLampard oversaw Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori thriving in the Championship at Derby. Now he must hope that pair, alongside players s…

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Get Abramovich to London, keep Willian: Lampard’s key Chelsea tasks

Coaxing more from experienced fringe players is also vital for the manager, whose first game is at Bohemian on WednesdayLampard oversaw Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori thriving in the Championship at Derby. Now he must hope that pair, alongside players s…

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The Joy of Six: sporting ‘sliding doors’ moments | Nick Miller

Imagine England losing the 2005 Ashes, Sir Alex Ferguson managing Spurs and women’s and men’s football being equalAustralians wishing to hush the buzz of your average Pom (read: most Australians) will never tire of pointing out the only two Tests Engla…

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Olivier Giroud expected to extend Chelsea stay despite lack of playing time

• Maurizio Sarri encouraged player wants to remain at club • France striker has been prolific in Europa LeagueMaurizio Sarri expects Chelsea to take up a one-year option on Olivier Giroud’s contract, having been encouraged that the France striker is ke…

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Coach is a Russian David and Goliath film tale – but twist is in the credits | Richard Williams

Russia’s equivalent of Grimsby Town overcome odds with the help of some powerful friends but crowd-pleasing morality tale is not quite what it seemsThe second-division team from a distant and ill-favoured coastal town are in the cup final. They’re play…

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Chelsea deny reports Roman Abramovich is considering selling club

• Sunday Times claims Russian has begun strategic review• Club source says Abramovich has no plans to sellChelsea are insistent owner Roman Abramovich is not looking to sell the club. A report in the Sunday Times has claimed club directors acting for t…

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Chelsea deny reports Roman Abramovich is considering selling club

• Sunday Times claims Russian has begun strategic review• Club source says Abramovich has no plans to sellChelsea are insistent owner Roman Abramovich is not looking to sell the club. A report in the Sunday Times has claimed club directors acting for t…

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Turmoil at Chelsea: owner annoyed, players unsettled, manager in limbo

Roman Abramovich’s decision to scrap the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge could bring matters to a head at troubled clubChelsea’s owner of 15 years, Roman Abramovich, pulled the plug on the £1bn redevelopment of Stamford Bridge on Thursday having grown…

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Roman Abramovich ‘granted Israeli citizenship’

Russia-born Chelsea FC owner to move to Tel Aviv after problems renewing UK visa, Israeli media reportsRoman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, has been granted Israeli citizenship and will move to Tel Aviv, according to local …

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Is Roman Abramovich’s rule at Chelsea nearing its end?

Russian oligarch has become a sporadic visitor to the club into which he has poured more than £1bn since 2003Roman Abramovich’s absence as Chelsea defeated Manchester United to claim the FA Cup, and the 15th major trophy of his ownership, is now explai…

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Roman Abramovich thought to be caught up in UK visa crackdown

No 10 confirms it is looking at investor visas, as Russia attacks ‘unfair’ practicesThe Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich, appears to have been caught up in a government crackdown on wealthy investors coming to the UK after the Salisbury po…

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is without a UK visa

Russian billionaire’s visa ran out weeks ago and it is unclear whether he will get a new oneBritish authorities have not issued a new visa to the Russian oligarch and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and it is not clear whether one will be …

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David Squires on … Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich era in the Premier League

Our cartoonist continues his off-season series on the Premier League at 25, with a look at the impact in England of a new oligarch owner

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Faceless, failing club owners could learn from Juve’s dazzling dynasty | Richard Williams

The Agnelli family (and Roman Abramovich) point the way forward for those in charge of Arsenal, Blackburn, Coventry and Leyton Orient

What kind of people do you want to have running your football club? That’s the question fans of teams as different as Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City and Leyton Orient are asking themselves. Whether faltering just out of range of ultimate success or threatened with a plunge into oblivion, those supporters are turning their anger on owners they see as variously incompetent or delinquent.

For fans of Juventus, the answer is simple. As Paulo Dybala wheeled away after scoring the first of his two beautiful goals against Barcelona in the Italian champions’ stadium on Tuesday night, the TV director switched to a shot of celebrations in the directors’ box, where Andrea Agnelli, the club’s president, was sharing hugs with a small group including his second cousin, John Elkann.

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José Mourinho on Roman Abramovich: ‘We were never friends’

• Man United meet Chelsea for the first time since his move to Old Trafford
• ‘To say I care about the welcome the Chelsea fans give me is not true’

José Mourinho has admitted he has never been close to Roman Abramovich despite Chelsea’s owner twice appointing him and the Portuguese being the most successful manager in the club’s history.

Mourinho takes Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face Chelsea for the first time in a domestic game. He was in charge from 2004-07 and 2013-15, winning three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three League Cups.

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Guus Hiddink sure Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich is still thinking long-term

• Owner has been at training ground watching friendly matches
• Eden Hazard to start in Sunday’s FA Cup tie at MK Dons

Guus Hiddink has made a point of inviting Roman Abramovich to watch Chelsea’s training sessions at Cobham, sitting alongside the Russian at a specially arranged recent friendly against Queens Park Rangers, and considers the owner’s enthusiasm on the sidelines to be evidence that he remains focused on the club’s long-term future.

The Premier League champions have endured a difficult season, with Abramovich having reluctantly sacked José Mourinho last month after a miserable first half of the campaign which had left their title defence in tatters. A considerable rebuilding job awaits Mourinho’s permanent successor, an overhaul complicated by the fact that the team are unlikely to be competing in the Champions League next season.

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Roman Abramovich tells Chelsea players you must turn things around

• Owner delivered short speech at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground
• José Mourinho returned to Cobham to collect the last of his things

Roman Abramovich told Chelsea’s first-team players they needed to take responsibility for redeeming their dismal season, as the club prepared to welcome Guus Hiddink as the caretaker successor to the sacked José Mourinho.

Abramovich visited the training ground in Cobham on Friday and the owner delivered a short speech to the squad, in which he also said it had been a difficult decision to dismiss Mourinho. In the end, though, Abramovich felt he had no choice, given the disintegration in the team’s form. They go into Saturday’s home game against Sunderland only one point above the relegation places.

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José Mourinho sacking: Michael Emenalo takes centre stage and absolves players

Michael Emenalo has enraged Chelsea fans by referring to José Mourinho, the club’s most successful manager, as ‘the individual’ in a TV interview while refusing to criticise the players

José Mourinho is an individual in the truest sense. So Michael Emenalo, the Chelsea technical director, was perfectly correct, in literal terms, when he referred to him as such at the beginning of his explosive in-house TV interview on Thursday night, just hours after Mourinho had been sacked as the club’s manager.

The nuances of the situation, of course, made the reference rather more clumsy and uncomfortable. “Whilst there is huge sentiment for the individual, you know, who has done so much for the club, the fact of the matter remains that Chelsea football club is in trouble,” Emenalo said, before dropping the bomb that The Individual’s dismissal was down to the “palpable discord” between him and the players.

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Roman Abramovich consciously uncouples Mourinho at off-track Chelsea | Owen Gibson

The owner’s rapprochement with the Special One was based on a desire to shape a dynasty but Manchester City have built a more convincing sustainable structure

When Roman Abramovich swallowed his pride and dialled José Mourinho’s number in 2013, in many ways it seemed the ultimate remarriage of convenience. Those close to the Russian, who turned English football upside down when he bought Chelsea in 2003, say once his mind is made up it is difficult to change.

His rapprochement with Mourinho, though, was based on a mutual desire to do the one thing neither man had managed: show they could build a long-term dynasty rather than produce success based on chaos and shifting sands.

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José Mourinho: the numbers behind his second Chelsea departure

José Mourinho has once again been sacked by Chelsea. Before this season the Portuguese had only lost one out of 98 Premier League matches but poor form this campaign made him the eighth manager sacked by Roman Abramovich

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