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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is being blamed for Chelsea players having too much power at the club.

According to ESPN FC pundit and Premier League commentator Ian Darke, Abramovich has allowed players to decide the fate of Chelsea managers and this has given the players too much power.

Darke also believes Kepa’s refusal to be substituted against Manchester City is another example of Chelsea players having too much power.

“What’s the future for any Chelsea manager?” he said.

“They’re under pressure the whole time, almost from about an hour after they’re appointed, let’s be honest about this.

“I think this incident again has shown where the power really lies at Stamford Bridge and it’s Roman Abramovich’s fault really.

“He’s basically said to the players: ‘if you don’t like the manager, we’ll get rid of him’, and that’s created a big problem.

“Before, of course, they had a spine down the team of [Petr] Cech and [John] Terry, [Frank] Lampard, [Didier] Drogba.

“They could keep on winning trophies while all this chaos was going on.

“Can they still keep doing that? Can they now sack Sarri six months in?

“This is a guy who finished in the top three three times with Napoli, they scored 300-plus goals during those seasons.

“What’s the point in firing him now?”

Meanwhile, England rugby hero and Chelsea fan Lawrence Dallaglio believes Abramovich and Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has turned Chelsea into a laughing stock.

“(Chelsea) have got an absent owner at the moment for whatever reasons, political or whatever it might be,” Dallaglio told talkSPORT.

“He’s always been in and out of the club, he’s never been there 100 per cent.

“But for Chelsea fans you need your owner to show that he’s got a bit of commitment to the club there and for whatever reason he’s away.

“There’s no director of football and if you look at the transfers that Michael Emenalo delivered Chelsea in the years gone by, the likes of [Eden] Hazard and [Thibaut] Courtois and [Mohamed] Salah and [Romelu] Lukaku and [Kevin] De Bruyne.

“Marina Granovskaia’s currently running the club and if you look at the transfers that have come in over the last year it’s been [Olivier] Giroud, Barkley and the goalkeeper himself.

“The club is in a mess at the moment off the field and I think that translates itself on the field.

“And this latest act of insubordination makes us a bit of a laughing stock quite frankly.”

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