Bates in Blast at Chelsea 'Rip-Offs'; 'If You Come from Siberia You Can Get All You Want'

Daily Mail (London), March 20, 2004 | Go to article overview

Bates in Blast at Chelsea 'Rip-Offs'; 'If You Come from Siberia You Can Get All You Want'


Byline: MATT LAWTON

KEN BATES has claimed that Chelsea have been ripped off by agents who send in 'dodgy videos' of their players.

In an extraordinary attack on Roman Abramovich's Russian revolution, the former Stamford Bridge chairman said the club paid [pounds sterling]5million over the odds for Joe Cole and Scott Parker and should not have bought Hernan Crespo or Adrian Mutu.

Bates, who suggested that Abramovich's lack of football knowledge made him vulnerable to football's middlemen, said: 'In 2003 we had options on Joe Cole and Scott Parker for a total of [pounds sterling] 12 m.

Abramovich was advised they weren't good enough and not to buy them - then we spent [pounds sterling]17m on them.

'I think Abramovich has been taken to the cleaners on a few occasions.

That's part of the learning curve and fortunately he can afford it.

'One of the problems over the last six months is that we've signed a few players because the agent recommended him.

And the agent's done very well out of it.

'I think we've bought too many players. We've bought 11, 12, 13 players on top of those we had and you can't keep them all happy. If they genuinely love the game and are not just in it for the money, they want to play football. We spent nearly [pounds sterling]40m on Hernan Crespo and Adrian Mutu, yet the top Chelsea scorer in the Premiership is Mikael Forssell at Birmingham (on loan) and we got him for nothing.

'I wouldn't have bought Mutu or Crespo. One of the problems is a lot of players brought in have not been good enough and some have been bought on the basis of dodgy videos.' Asked whether he regretted selling his stake in the club to Abramovich, Bates said: 'I don't think so. On the whole it's been very positive.

'The only thing I regret is that it's been a steep learning curve for him because he knew nothing about football before he joined Chelsea. Prior to Peter Kenyon ( the chief executive) arriving, they had no one there with any experience of running a football club.' In the interview with Talksport, Bates also spoke out in defence of under- pressure manager Claudio Ranieri. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Bates in Blast at Chelsea 'Rip-Offs'; 'If You Come from Siberia You Can Get All You Want'
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.