#7. Ken Bates (Chelsea)
Before the arrival of Russian Money, Chelsea Football Club was owned by a notorious figure named as Ken Bates. Having owned the club for no less than 21 years, Bates fell out with his own people on more than one occasion. While he described a set of supporters as ‘parasites’ in 2002, he eventually had to settle out of court when those fans threatened legal actions against him. From fighting relegation to uprising debts, Chelsea had to restrict their activity in the transfer market under the ownership of Ken Bates So when he eventually sold Chelsea to a Russian Billionaire, it was a huge moment of respite for the Chelsea faithful.