Gary Neville hits on Chelsea’s ‘naive’ new American owners

‘Boehly looks like he wants to play Football Manager… I hear his name too often’: Gary Neville lashes out at Chelsea’s ‘NAIVE’ new American owner, comparing him to Manchester United’s hated Glazer owners

  • Gary Neville has accused Todd Boehly of aimlessly signing players this summer
  • The 47-year-old expert linked his actions to those of a football manager
  • Neville also said that Boehly operates like the Glazers and Ed Woodward

Gary Neville has accused Todd Boehly of thoughtlessly signing players, comparing his actions to those of the Glazers and Ed Woodwards.

The Blues have spent £92.96million so far this summer – buying the likes of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, MLS club Chicago Fire’s Gabriel ‘Gaga’ Slonina and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Premier League giants have also joined the transfer race to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and are drawing closer to Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Marc Cucurella.

Gary Neville has accused Todd Boehly of rashly signing players this summer

When asked what he thought about Chelsea’s transfer business this summer, Neville said it was as if Boehly thought he was playing Football Manager.

Speaking of The Overlap, Neville said: “The American [Todd] Boehly looks like he wants to play football manager.

He added: “There’s something in him. He’s wandering around a bit and they’re a bit panicky now.

“You’re wondering, oh, they’re coming for [Frenkie] de Jong this morning’, because he feels he has to do something, that pressure is on him.

Boehly spent big bucks in the summer transfer window ahead of next season

Boehly spent big bucks in the summer transfer window ahead of next season

He signed Raheem Sterling (above) from Manchester City on a five-year deal worth more than £300,000 a week

He signed Raheem Sterling (above) from Manchester City on a five-year deal worth more than £300,000 a week

“He wouldn’t have had that pressure if he kept the people who were there before and just let them operate for a year or two, but it’s going to be an interesting season for Chelsea. Apparently they lost some defenders too. They could lose even more against Barcelona.

Neville also accused Boehly and the Chelsea bosses of signing players without a second thought – claiming they signed players because they felt they had to.

The Sky Sports pundit said: “They are [Chelsea] almost like he’s bouncing around because it feels like him [Todd Boehly] have to do something.

“I hear his name too often. It feels like it’s not disrespectful, you know he’s a celebrity guy, he just bought the club and everything.

Chelsea have also entered the transfer race to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong

Chelsea have also entered the transfer race to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong

Neville has compared Boehly's actions to those of the Glazers (Joel Glazer and Avram Glazer pictured above) and Ed Woodward

Neville has compared Boehly’s actions to those of the Glazers (Joel Glazer and Avram Glazer pictured above) and Ed Woodward

“He ran a fund that paid £2.5 billion but to get rid of all these football operations that have been incredible for so many years and to come in and do it yourself feels like Ed Woodward to me. We’ll see how it develops.’

Neville went on to say that Boehly operated like the Glazers and Ed Woodward – who are hated by Manchester United supporters.

He said: “I mean, look, let’s be clear, firstly – they are [Chelsea] react to what is available and what other clubs are doing.

“Second, you hear his [Todd Boehly] Names too many and he’s too prominent. Check out what Manchester City and Liverpool are doing [Txiki] Begiristain at City is their sporting director.

The Glazers are hated by Manchester United supporters - and fans are demanding they go

The Glazers are hated by Manchester United supporters – and fans are demanding they go

“Some people might not even know that. Some people know this, but some people don’t even hear it, don’t even see it, but they go about their business quickly and efficiently.

“When clubs are doing well, you don’t hear who signs the players, you just sign them. Chelsea have something like that, Manchester United under The Glazers, Ed Woodward, ‘I’m taking over, I’m the man now’, ‘I go out and basically buy the players’ and then they’re connected to every player that Barcelona want, every player City want, every player United want.

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