Chelsea’s new manager will be forced to reverse fortunes at Stamford Bridge with a limited transfer budget, as per the Evening Standard, as the Blues prepare for a move to a new stadium.
The Blues plan to borrow the money for a new ground and Roman Abramovich’s unwillingness to invest the cash himself and cut back on the transfer budget shows that the Russian is moving towards a more frugal approach.
The report states that as the Blues weigh up their options in terms of borrowing, the decision has already been made to cut back on transfer funds, in a similar way to the austerity Arsene Wenger was forced to oversee when taking Arsenal out of Highbury and into the Emirates Stadium.
It goes on to say that the amount borrowed will determine just how restrictive the budget is for Antonio Conte’s successor but it is clear that Chelsea’s days of throwing money at their problems look set to be over.
Recruitment at Chelsea has been poor in recent years and that is one of the reasons why Conte has become exasperated at Stamford Bridge this season.
Signings such as Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater underline the disconnect between what the Blues need and what their managers are provided with from above.
That means that cutting back on spending might actually be a welcome change of approach for the Blues, who have a wonderful crop of youngsters to rely on.
But, when the demand for success is instant, and the money is there to buy ready-made replacements, they don’t get an opportunity. Now that spending is limited, it is clear that Abramovich is willing to allow the next manager time to develop a young and hungry squad, with justifiable reasons there ready and waiting when success doesn’t come right away.
Abramovich has talked about building a club for years and it seems like he has never been more serious about making it happen now.