Chelsea are guilty of ignoring youth development

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Chelsea won’t win anything with kids if they don’t start playing them

Date: 26th April 2014 at 10:01pm
Written by Cal Byrne

July 2nd 2003: the day Roman Abramovich acquired Chelsea Football Club for £140m. Abramovich had just saved the club from near certain financial ruin, but the relief of salvation was soon overtaken by fear for the future. Very little was known of Abramovich apart from the fact that he’d managed to amass an incredible fortune at a relatively young age. Personal financial security confirmed, it seemed that the Russian oil tycoon was ready to have some fun. And Chelsea FC appeared to be his new plaything. There were immediate assurances from the club that this was not the case. Roman Abramovich was a businessman and he would run the club accordingly. The £121m spent on players in owner’s first transfer window may have suggested differently, but all were soon comforted ... Read More


  • Guy Hall
    2 years ago

    In my opinion it’s an inherent problem that is blighting the professional game at all levels and all clubs. Talking from “experience” which coincidentally is the most over used cop out used by all clubs at all levels when fielding questions on this subject, it is extremely difficult , no nigh on impossible for a youngster to make it in today’s game. It is actually bordering on discrimination in my view. There is no one reason, as to why this is happening. Fan pressure for a “big name” managers trotting out the same old lines regarding kids, fearing for their own jobs, but what I cannot understand are the owners/chairmen of the clubs! They are by and large businessmen. For example my son is a goalkeeper. He has been trying since he was 8 to make it. He has had some limited success, but now he’s 20 and for the second season running, been released by his club, both of which claim to not have the money to keep him on, preferring to go with two senior keepers. However both sides have said he is more than good enough to be a ” number 2″. He was being paid just £140 per week, yet the senior keepers are both on around £1000 per week each. So these businessmen who run these clubs, why are they paying this kind of money out to two senior keepers, and getting rid of a youngster who the coaching staff say is good enough, yet he’s been shown the door. To me it just doesn’t make any economic sense whatsoever, so what has happened to their business acumen?

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