Chelsea, Clubs, Didier Drogba, English Premier League, Story

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Didier Drogba has told RMC he does not believe the high turnover of managers at his former club Chelsea is anything exceptional in the current game.

Drogba, who also confirmed he plans to retire from playing after 2018, won four Premier League titles and the same number of FA Cups in two spells at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has appointed nine managers in the last 10 years, but Drogba said: “Everyone says Chelsea isn’t very stable. But in modern-day football, there is no coach who lasts more than three or four years at a club.

“I asked him [Abramovich]: ‘We have had how many managers in how many seasons?’ He replied: ‘But Didier, each time I have done it, we have got results.'”

Drogba said he did not believe the changing managerial cast was a conscious strategy on Abramovich’s part.

“No, because when the managers come in they have carte blanche at the club,” he added. “They do what they want.

“Having said that, I don’t see the relationship with the chairman on a daily basis. But you can’t get into a conflict with your boss. If that’s the case, it’s that you want to leave.”

After winning the Premier League in his first season in charge, current boss Antonio Conte has seen his own future brought into question with the Blues nine points behind leaders Manchester City.

Drogba was part of the 2014-15 Premier League-winning side, which he then saw struggle badly in the following campaign after he had left for Montreal Impact.

And with Champions League demands now placed on Conte’s squad, Drogba said: “What’s happening now is normal.

“Two years ago, they were on the brink of relegation. Last year, with one match a week, everything went well. The coach came in with drastic methods and the club became champions again.

“But most of the players have never been further than a Champions League quarterfinal or semifinal for a while.

“You have to get used to matches every three days again, get used to the demand for results, which is permanent, to the intensity.

“You have to be at your best every day, which isn’t easy.”

Ian is ESPN’s French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

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