Is Roman really ruthless?

Abramovich's fierce reputation obscures that few firings were unfair

Updated: February 21, 2012, 10:14 AM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Once the media has formed a consensus about your character, it's difficult to shake the reputation -- even if it isn't true. Generally, this principle applies to players and managers, even though both have the opportunity to set the record straight every weekend, on the pitch or on the touchline.

For chairmen and owners of clubs, it's significantly more difficult. Many of these men are now well-known by football fans, at least by sight. They sit in the stands, appear in the club ...

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