Chelsea SCRAP end-of season awards ceremony as their miserable campaign in which they will finish in the bottom half – despite spending £600m on new signings – leaves no reason to celebrate
- Chelsea are set to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League standings
- It comes despite spending £600m under American owner Todd Boehly
- The Blues have decided against holding an end-of-season awards ceremony
Chelsea have decided to cancel their end-of-season awards ceremony following a year in which they would like to forget rapidly.
No matter the results in their final two games, they will finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table for the first time in 27 years.
Their struggles have come despite a spending whopping £600m on new players this season under American owner Todd Boehly.
Though awards to players will still be handed out, as reported by the Evening Standard, the club felt it was ‘inappropriate’ for a ceremony to be held with no reason to celebrate for the men’s side.
Instead, awards for men’s player of the season, academy player of the season and goal of the season will instead be presented before their final home match against Newcastle on Sunday.
Chelsea have scrapped their end-of-season awards ceremony as they are set to finish in their lowest league position in 27 years
The Blues currently sit in 12th despite spending £600m under American owner Todd Boehly
Thiago Silva is likely to win the men’s player of the year award though it is a season that the Brazilian and his team mates will like to forget about quickly
It carries on a run of four straight years where the club have not held an in-person awards ceremony.
Last season’s event was cancelled due to the sanctions placed on previous owner Roman Abramovich, while the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the club from hosting an awards ceremony in 2020 and 2021.
Thiago Silva is the most likely to win the men’s player of the year gong – though it is a season the Brazilian would still like to forget.
Mason Mount took the gong in the previous two years, though he has had his most frustrating season at Stamford Bridge yet.
The England international’s future is up in the air amid uncertainty whether he will sign a new deal, and Manchester United joining Liverpool in the race to sign the 24-year-old.
Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter and Frank Lampard have all failed to turn around Chelsea’s fortunes this season, in a year where they have badly underperformed and with the managers struggling to deal with what is a bloated side.
It has also been reported that Boehly is set to cut his day-to-day involvement at the club by half after their poor season.
Bloomberg report that Boehly is now spending just 20 per cent of his time on the running of the Stamford Bridge club – down from 50 per cent in the months straight after his May 2022 takeover.
Frank Lampard is among the managers who have been unable to turn around Chelsea’s fortunes
Expected Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino will have a big job on his hands next season
The Blues finish off the season with tough games against Manchester United and Newcastle, and could still finish as low as 14th if results go against them.
Current interim boss Frank Lampard is expected to be replaced by former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has a big job to do next season to make Chelsea challengers once again.
Emma Hayes’s Chelsea Women side are on course to wrap up the WSL title on Saturday and will have a party after their successful season, in which they have also won the FA Cup.
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