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Old 13.07.2012, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Secret Admirer View Post
That's ironic because Ken Bates left when Roman came in and then trundled off to Leeds. And it's a bit of a myth that Chelsea were about to go bankrupt.

They had qualified for the Champions League without spending any money on new players that season. That would comfortably have serviced the interest on their debts and paid wages. Had they seriously struggled they could've sold off their best players (Terry, Lampard, Hasselbaink, Gudjohnson) for an absolute fortune back then. And if things had somehow gone completely **** up they'd probably have faced a points deduction.

The fact that Leeds got relegated had very little to do with their financial woes. They had a squad capable of staying up easily, they just bottled it.
If we didn't qualify for the Champions League we would have been done for European wise and would be a mid table club now. That's the point I was making. Jesper Gronkjaer saved the club with that goal and Roman's money accelerated our climb to success.
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