Chelsea may face an uncertain future, with technical director Petr Cech forced to admit before their home game with Newcastle United in Sunday that he was unsure if there was sufficient money on hand to pay club staff this month.
The club has a weekly wage bill of £28,000 and employs one thousand people in various capacities, but all of them have question marls about their status, including the players, after the UK government imposed sanctions on the club’s owner Roman Abramovich.
The Clun World Champions ate now operating under a special licence, which limits how much can be spent and on what.
One group, though, unaffected by the new measures are agents. In February, the FA released data showing no Premier League club paid more in agent fees than Chelsea.
However, because they are paid bi-annually, and the latest instalment of their fees was deposited with t Football Association according to standard practice before the Abramovich sanctions came into effect, they will still get their money.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.