Former CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky revealed his desire to become the first Russian to manage in the Premier League, with the help of “the best agent in the world”, Roman Abramovich.
The Chelsea owner is mentoring his friend Slutsky, who is on an extended visit to the UK as he looks to build a career in English football.
Abramovich has given Slutsky somewhere to live, access to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, and tickets to matches all across the country.
“Mr Abramovich is my friend and he is helping me achieve my dream. It’s a challenge for him also,” Slutsky told Sky Sports News HQ.
“He is like my agent, the best agent in the world.
“His new project in Russian football is helping me with my career in England. He’s giving me lots of advice about tactics and behaviour and communication with chairmen and owners.”
Slutsky won three Russian Premier League titles in seven years as manager of CSKA Moscow and led the club into the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time in their history in 2009, but is prepared to prove himself in a Championship job before being given an opportunity in England’s top flight.
“One hundred percent I guarantee success,” he added. “I hope I will have a chance. I have new ideas that may be interesting for English football.”
Abramovich is a powerful ally, having proven himself to be one of European football’s most successful owners since taking over Chelsea in the summer of 2003, even if he has deliberately avoided cultivating a public profile.
“He is very friendly, very intelligent, he makes a lot of jokes, but of course he’s a private man,” Slutsky said of Abramovich. “I cannot speak a lot about him but he works hard developing football around the world.”