Gary Neville speaks out on player power at Chelsea
Gary Neville accused the Chelsea players of “turning it on and off like a tap” after Maurizio Sarri came down hard on the players in his post-match conference.
Sarri criticised his players after their surrender at the hands of Arsenal in the London derby on Saturday, questioning their mentality and attitude and claiming that they are very difficult to motivate.
Chelsea managers in previous years have found it tough to acclimatise to the dressing room atmosphere prevalent at Stamford Bridge and Neville elaborated on the amount of power that the Chelsea players have at their disposal.
He said on the Gary Neville Podcast: “Sarri knows he’s going to get sacked at some point in the next 18 months or two years, that’s inevitable at Chelsea. He may as well call it how he sees it in the first six months when he’s got a little bit of control.
“It’s just a dressing room which can turn it on and off like a tap, it’s been able to do that for years. Sarri has probably thought he’s an experienced guy, he’s been around the block, and thinks he doesn’t need to take it.
“I have to say normally I would always say it’s not right to call out your players. But we’re going to see more of it, there’s no doubt in the next five or 10 years. I think it’ll become the norm, because it’s us or them.
“When managers have an aspect of control in the early parts of their jobs, they’ll have to seize it and basically will realise they are a difficult bunch at Chelsea. In the last 10-15 years, they’ve had the power to remove managers.”