The way Todd Boehly is running absolute powerhouse Chelsea can count on little praise from Phil Neville this season. He calls The Blues' current state of affairs "appalling". Boehly spent as much as 600 million euro on new players, but Chelsea is experiencing a disastrous season. A head coach has already been sacked twice and the club is currently in 12th place.
Neville accuses Boehly of not studying soccer well enough. "Given the quality and pride these players have, you can't go down to this level," Neville said. "They played very well against Liverpool. I thought that was the beginning of a resurgence. But what we have seen since then is downright disgraceful. It's all coming from the top down. It is chaos. A mess from day one. Boehly misread this league. I'm sure he's learning fast."
The SkySports analyst advises the American billionaire, among other things, to stop getting involved in football-related matters and let the experts do their job. "What happened this season is purely down to him. He had to keep the soccer branch together. He himself belongs to the non-football branch. He is the owner. He is not a player or a coach. He has zero experience in this league, so stay where you belong and let the people who have run the club successfully for the past decade continue to do so. Petr Cech left, Marina Granovskaia left, Thomas Tuchel was gone after a few games and suddenly you have this chaos."
Since his appointment, Boehly fired several people who had worked there for years. As recently as March, for example, the turf master was fired, who had been employed for 30 years. Neville does not have anything positive to say about the massive changes Boehly is making. "When you start firing groundsmen, physios, exercise scientists, directors and managers, you're basically throwing everyone under the bus and saying "it's their fault, not mine." He acts like he's playing Football Manager (FM). It's terrible." Neville also thinks the fact that some purchases were given lengthy contracts is unacceptable. For example, Mykhaylo Mudryk was given a contract of 8.5 years.
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Boehly spoke about his club at the Milken Institute Global Conference. "Our fans are demanding. They want to win, we understand that, we want that too." Chelsea's poor results seem to concern him quite little. "Our view is that Chelsea is a long-term project. We really think about the long term and believe that we are still going to figure it out," concludes Boehly
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