To whoever does not know Roman Abramovich, he is a Russian business tycoon and the owner of Chelsea Football Club. And Abramovich has a hobby, a very unusual one; “sacking coaches”. He and Maurizio Zamparini (Owner of Palermo) compete for the title of “the president who sacks the most coaches”. In July of 2003, Abramovich bought Chelsea FC for the amount of £ 140 million. He brought in Jose Mourinho in 2004 in an attempt from him to make the club a Premier League and a European superpower.

Between 2004 and 2007, Mourinho won 2 Premier Leagues, 2 League Cups, an FA Cup and a Community Shield, but that was not enough, Abramovich ha his eyes on the UEFA Champions League; only the most prestigious tournament on club level in the world. So Mourinho was sacked, Guus Hiddink was brought in, then fired, then Carlo Ancelotti was hired, then discharged, then Andreas Villas-Boas, thought to be Mourinho’s young self, was hired and eventually got dismissed in the middle of the 2011-2012 season for a, back then, unknown Roberto Di  Matteo, Villas-Boas’ assistant coach, was given the reign at Chelsea FC. When Di Matteo was put in charge of Chelsea on the 4th of March 2012, the team was in a terrible form. The interim first-team coach started his journey with Chelsea with a win over , then did a historic come back in the Champions League against Napoli to secure a place in the Semi-Final of the CL to beat cup holders Barcelona on a 3-2 aggregate that day. Di Matteo went on to win the CL after beating Bayern Munich in penalty shootouts. He was a hero, he ended the season with a Champions League and an FA Cup.

On May 19 2012, Roman Abramovich fulfilled is football fantasy; he won the UEFA Champions League with no one but Roberto Di Matteo, an assistant coach to Villas-Boas. So Di Matteo was confirmed as the first coach of Chelsea for the season 2012-2013 and we all thought that Abramovich will have finally learned that you cannot BUY a football club, but rather BUILD one; or so we thought.

On November 20, 2012, Juventus hosted Chelsea in the CL to beat them 3-0. Chelsea was put in a delicate situation in the CL as they may not qualify for the last 16, but they are still in, so no problems should be made out of the loss specially that Juventus have a better team and deserved that win. And seeing that Chelsea is only 4 points away from the EPL first place, all should have been fine, but it was not.

On November 21, the inevitable happened, Chelsea FC announced on their website: “Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with Manager Roberto Di Matteo.” Chelsea FC, under the ownership of Roman Abramovich has changed NINE coaches in EIGHT years. In those last eight years, the likes of Manchester United FC and Arsenal FC have not changes coaches; the likes of Barcelona CF, Real Madrid CF and AC Milan have changes only three coaches each. With the exception of AC Milan, who claims the opposite, I believe all the others are building teams, and investing in youngsters.

Abramovich does not mind paying millions of euros to buy players (€50 million for Torres) he does not mind paying millions in compensations to break the coach’s contract. He destabilized the football market with his millions just to win the Champions League and when he finally did it, he kicked out the only coach who brought it to his closet.

So you ask me if football is dying. Well, with the presence of club owners such as Roman Abramovich, football may not be dead, but sure is on its way.