The unknown areas of the current coronavirus pandemic allow us all to ask ourselves, individually and collectively, about the role we can play. For most people, staying at home to help limit the spread of the virus is the top priority, while those on the front lines of the epidemic show heroic self sacrifice, doing health care in hospitals, care centers and wider communities.
The football community has also worked hard to make its own contribution, especially Chelsea, under the guidance of the club’s owner, Abramovich, to launch a number of initiatives during this crisis period aimed at supporting our staff, fans and the wider community.
“I’m proud of Chelsea’s reaction, it’s from the boss and then through the club,” coach Frank Lampard said in a television interview this weekend
Club director tenebaum recently talked about Abramovich’s thinking behind his decision during the crisis, linking it to one of the main goals of the club’s acquisition 17 years ago – to help others.
“He doesn’t want to put extra pressure on the club and the community in such a tough time,” tenebaum said in an interview with Forbes this week, referring to the club’s recent determination that there are no layoffs or vacations for full-time employees. For part-time employees, there will also be compensation during the period when the football is still suspended, and during the normal period of the match Same.
“He’s an entrepreneur,” tenebaum continued, “and he likes challenges. Once he’s focused, it’s not luck. He likes to understand a project and engage in it for a long time. He likes the drive for results, he likes winning and wants to help others. “
The article also explains that Abramovich’s decision to buy a football club in 2003 stems from his love for the sport, while his choice of Chelsea over other European clubs is based on three main factors: the style of football in England, the level of competition in the Premier League and the business environment in the UK.
After evaluating the options for La Liga and Serie A, he chose England, while Chelsea passed the test and became the most suitable investment target. Since then, the unpredictability of football has inspired Abramovich’s sustained interest and passion on the football field.
“He likes to think clearly,” tenebaum said. “I think after all these years, the reason why he likes football is that it’s not an equation, it’s not an algorithm. I think that’s why people like it, and that’s why the world’s No. 1 sport. “
“People find it exciting because you can’t control it. There are many factors. There are 11 players on the court. But the coach is the key, the support team is the key, and the medical team is the key. “
“Facilities are key, nutrition is key, fans are key, people who analyze data are also key. As a business, there are too many elements. Every business has many elements, but I don’t think you can see them every week. “
“The difference between business and football is that every week’s performance and results can be immediate. The factors mentioned above will be reflected once or twice a week in 90 minutes on the field. Finally, there will be winners, losers or draws, which can determine whether a strategy is effective in real time. This makes football so fascinating. Abramovich is like all the fans in the world.”
“In business, it’s going to be easier in a way,” tenebaum said. “You set a plan, you hire the right people, you execute the plan, you evaluate the plan, you change the plan when the environment changes. It will take some time, not a day. “
“In football, the exciting thing is that you make plans, implement them, and then every week you can prove that your plans are right.”
“In a business environment, you have sales data and you can see the results. But in this case, it’s the most exciting part of being able to validate your strategy every week. “