Steve Sidwell has revealed that Roman Abramovich would enter the dressing room and 'glare' at the players after a defeat.
The English midfielder joined Chelsea from Reading in 2007 and made 25 appearances for the Blues during the height of Abramovich's regime.
Chelsea have made headlines in recent days with co-owner Behdad Eghbali entering Mauricio Pochettino's dressing room, something that has been met with outrage from many supporters.
While Pochettino says that he has no problem with Eghbali paying the team a visit after the match, there's a principled debate that the changing room should be for management and players, not a club's hierarchy.
Sidwell appeared on talkSPORT Drive along with Andy Goldstein and Darren Bent and was asked about his experiences of owners overstepping their mark, with the former midfielder telling the story of what Abramovich was like to work with.
Asked if a manager should visit the changing room, Sidwell said: “It depends on what they’re going in and saying or if they’re going in regularly.
“When I was at Chelsea Roman Abramovich used to come in after matches at Stamford Bridge.
“It depends what the context is and if they’re coming in to address everyone and then what they’re saying, ultimately.
“As a player, I never really saw it as a negative or a positive. After a game you knew if you’d played well or not, but with Roman it was different.
“If he came in, he didn’t have to say anything really. It would be a glare.
“He’d come in after most games and shake everyone’s hands and stand there talking to the coach and that was it – at that time players were getting up and going for showers or getting some food.
“He never really addressed us, but if there was a defeat or a bad performance, he’d come in andRead on talksport.com