The reason why Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali visits the players’ dressing room after every match has been revealed.
Eghbali, in charge of the club alongside Todd Boehly, has entered the dressing room at every game he has attended this season – including after the 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday – which is frowned upon by many supporters.
Following the loss to Villa, Eghbali was confronted by a section of Blues fans and the co-owner was seen running away and jumping into the back of a black car.
Eghbali and Boehly are under significant pressure given Chelsea’s huge downward trajectory since they took over from Roman Abramovich last year.
The club are struggling both on and off the pitch despite the west Londoners spending over £1 billion on transfers under their American owners.
Boehly was particularly criticised for addressing the squad after last season’s defeat to Brighton, where he labelled the team ’embarrassing’.
But according to The Telegraph, the reason why Eghbali keeps visiting the players’ dressing room is not to deliver any speeches.
Instead, they report that Eghbali makes the trip to ‘shake hands’ with players and coaching staff and to ‘wish individuals well’ after games.
They also claim that Eghbali regularly enters the office of Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino, speaking after the defeat to Villa, urged Chelsea’s hierarchy to ‘give him time’ despite the Blues’ slow start under the Argentine, with the club having won just one of their opening six Premier League games.