Chelsea fans must ‘put away the violins’ over Roman Abramovich’s exit, says Pat Nevin

Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea up for sale (Picture: Getty)

Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin has urged supporters to ‘put away the violins’ over Roman Abramovich’s looming departure and instead focus their attentions on those suffering in Ukraine.

Abramovich confirmed his plans to sell Chelsea on Wednesday evening, just days after it was announced that the ‘stewardship and care’ of the club had been passed on to its foundation trustees amid the threat of anti-Russian sanctions.

It comes after Russian forces launched a full-scale military campaign on neighbouring Ukraine under the orders of president Vladimir Putin, who Abramovich has allegedly held close ties with in the past.

Abramovich is said to value the west London outfit at between £3-4bn and the 55-year-old has vowed to donate all net proceeds from the impending sale to victims of the ongoing invasion in Ukraine.

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Tributes have poured in from fans and ex-players alike for the billionaire oligarch, who has overseen 15 managers and 21 trophies across his 19-year-old reign at Stamford Bridge.

John Terry was among the many thousands to pass on kind messages to Abramovich following the announcement but there has since been a fierce backlash, with Labour MP Chris Bryant telling the former Chelsea captain to delete his ‘appalling’ tweet given the circumstances.

Nevin has told those mourning Abramovich’s exit to ‘put away the violins’ (Picture: Getty)

Delivering his reaction on BBC Radio 5 live, Nevin – who is employed by the Blues – insisted there were ‘bigger fish to fry’ and called on those mourning Abramovich’s exit to put the situation into perspective.

‘The first couple of statements Chelsea released were limp and that is being kind. This one is stronger and close to doing the right thing,’ the ex-Chelsea and Scotland winger said.

‘Chelsea fans will be concerned about the club going forward. The club will survive and let’s get this into perspective. It is a football club, it is only a game and there are bigger fish to fry right now.

‘Chelsea might be lucky and get a wealthy owner. Have a look at what has happened to Barcelona and Real Madrid, teams go through ups and down, Real fans understand that. 

‘Put away the violins because the tears need to be about somewhere else in the world.’

Nevin hopes Chelsea are sold quickly and for a hefty sum so those suffering in Ukraine are provided with the best possible help and support.

‘It would be good if the club was sold for a profit so it could help the Ukrainian people,’ he added.

‘The club has been running on getting things back on an even keel for a few years because Roman Abramovich knew all along he wasn’t going to last forever.’

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