Chelsea scheme slammed amid ‘worrying’ revelation
Roman Abramovich’s legacy at Chelsea has been further eroded by ‘worrying’ allegations of a toxic environment in their marketing department.
That’s the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider on the organization inherited from the new regime of Todd Boehly.
Abramovich’s nearly two-decade reign at Stanford Bridge ended in May when Boehly led a consortium for a £4.25billion takeover.
The power transition came after Abramovich was forced to sell his UK-based assets due to his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Now, a New York Times report published on Wednesday (June 29) details a culture of bullying within Chelsea’s marketing department under Abramovich‘s watch.
About ten staff from the 50-person branch have left the club in recent times.
And, while it’s unclear whether workplace culture was a direct cause, former Chelsea TV chief Richard Bignell tragically died by suicide earlier this year.
The Boehly diet needs to get the problem under control immediately, Maguire insists.
“Culture is defined by the top of an organization”, he said Football Insiders Adam Williams.
“If these allegations have any truth behind it, it’s very troubling. It’s a further erosion of the positive legacy that Abramovich has in the eyes of many Chelsea fans.
“Corporate culture comes from the board of directors and is transmitted by management. The responsibility therefore stops in the conference room. New owners must identify it.
“There is something known as McGregor’s Theory X and Theory Y which I think applies here.
“In terms of motivating people, Theory X proposes that people are inherently lazy and cannot be trusted and therefore have to make their lives uncomfortable to make them productive.
“Theory Y says that people will be more productive if they feel more valued. If you feel more valued, you tend to work longer hours and be more creative.
“It’s in Chelsea’s interest to sort this out. They run the risk of losing talent if they have demotivated staff. You need creative people in the marketing department.
“So it’s in the interest of the employees who are working in these horrific conditions themselves, but it’s also in the interest of Chelsea.”
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