Abramovich can sack anybody – Mikel
By Our reporter
Monday, April 02, 2012
Chelsea star, John Mikel Obi, insists trigger-happy owner, Roman Abramovich is right to axe anybody when he likes.
Caretaker Roberto Di Matteo is Blues’ eighth manager since the Russian billionaire took charge in 2003.
Mikel, 24, said: “Some people will question the owner, but if things are not right he has the right to change them.”
He admitted that everyone at Chelsea is under threat of the axe from Abramovich.
The Stamford Bridge supremo has a reputation for hiring and firing managers after dispensing with the services of Andre Villas-Boas earlier this season, just over eight months after shelling out £13million to lure him from Porto.
Interim boss, Roberto di Matteo is the eighth man to take arguably the hottest seat in the Premier League since Abramovich took control in West London in 2003.
And Mikel admits that the players know they could suffer the same fate as the men who have picked the team for the Blues in recent years. But the Nigeria insists that as Abramovich is funding the club from his vast personal fortune, he has the right to make any decisions he wants.
He rejected claims that Villas-Boas was forced out by player-power, amid continued suggestions that senior stars at Stamford Bridge hold too much sway. Mikel told reporters: “It has been a difficult season and you can question the owner, but he wants results and he wants to win trophies. “If things are not right, it is his money, his team, so he has the right to change them. And I think we all respect that.
“Tomorrow, if he says he wants to get rid of us, the players and wants to get new ones, we will respect him. It is his money and his business. “Now, Robbie is boss, we all have to respect that. The team comes first and whoever is playing we have to respect that as well.
“We are all together and helping each other, even from the bench. The players have all regrouped and spoken among ourselves. But there has never been player power here, I don’t know where people get that from. The manager has always been in control,” the midfielder concluded.