Chelsea FC's promising youngsters were ham-strung by former boss Luiz Felipe Scolari's desperation to please Roman Abramovich according to Michael Mancienne.
Michael Mancienne, possibly the most promising of those youngsters, dropped the bombshell following a first start last weekend that was an incredible four years in the waiting.
Having first come off the bench as a substitute towards the end of the 2004/05 season, Mancienne had to wait until last Saturday at Watford to make his first start.
After being handed that start by caretaker boss Ray Wilkins, who drafted the defender into his second-choice right back position, Mancienne admitted he was disappointed it had not come sooner.
"I thought I'd have a few chances to play in games that weren't so important," he said. "But at least Ray had the confidence in me to put me on."
And asked why he has been overlooked by Scolari during his seven month tenure, the 21-year old said: "I think maybe he was under a bit of pressure. Maybe to win games."
The purse strings have been tightened at Stamford Bridge just as renowned youth developer Guus Hiddink takes over at the helm, and this has provided some hope for Mancienne.
"Youngsters are always waiting for a chance," he said, "and we have got good enough youngsters to play. So its good Chelsea are cutting down on big spending and giving the youngsters a chance."
But he was coy about naming youth team comrades who could impress the club's Russian owner, saying: "I could name a couple of players, but I don't want to. There are a few good ones that will come through, definitely."