Bates blasts Abramovich over Chelsea slide

Bates enjoyed 22 years in charge at Stamford Bridge before selling up to Abramovich in 2003.

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But the Leeds chairman admits the Blues are no longer anything like the outfit he saved from going out of business in 1982.

Bates told thelondonpaper.com: "When Roman Abramovich came in he knew nothing about football, he's more interested in making money.

"They haven't treated the supporters very well. They've jacked up the prices so much they've alienated the real fans.

"Fans want to see good football. For the prices Chelsea charge you want the type of football Real Madrid, Barcelona or Arsenal play."

Bates also believes Abramovich has made a mistake by sacking Jose Mourinho.

He added: "If you appoint football men you've got to let them get on with it.

"I was never a fan of Mourinho personally but you can't deny he gets results.

"The difference with Arsenal is the board have left Arsene Wenger to get on with it. I am an admirer of Wenger."

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