Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not planning to sack two club executives despite demands from the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, according to Telegraph journalist Matt Law.
In its statement, the fan group claims that club chairman Bruce Buck defended the club’s decision to join the European Super League in a fan forum’s meeting on Monday, one day before Chelsea eventually pulled out.
This, along with the lack of detailed explanation in the club’s statement has resulted in the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust feel they have “little or no confidence” in the club’s current leadership.
They then insisted that two executives, in particular, Buck and chief executive Guy Laurence’s positions seem “untenable going forward”.
However, according to Law, Buck is not expected to resign and Abramovich is not planning to sack him either — at least for now.
The situation could still change if the anger among fans does not dissipate, the journalist added.
It is easy to see why the Supporters’ Trust came up with these demands in the first place.
The club made the unpopular decision to join the ESL without consulting the fans, before eventually backing out without any clear explanation.
On the other hand, removing Buck or Laurence from their positions might not be the best solution as well.
We do not know much about the decision-making process behind Chelsea’s involvement in the ESL.
There is a possibility that, just like Thomas Tuchel, Buck was just caught in the firing line, having to defend the owner’s decision in the aforementioned fan forum’s meeting.
Bear in mind that Buck has been a Chelsea fan — a season ticket holder since 1991 — long before he became the club chairman.
Obviously, the Supporters’ Trust might have other reasons as to why they have made the demand and like many others, they are frustrated that no one at Chelsea has been held accountable so far.
The Supporters Trust is absolutely right on one thing, though — the fans deserve an in-depth explanation about the embarrassing decision, not just a two-line statement.