Gary Neville thinks Chelsea will need a few years to recover from Todd Boehly’s first transfer window as manager.
Chelsea was acquired for £4.25 billion in May by a group led by American investor Boehly and private equity firm Clearlake Capital.
Roman Abramovich, a billionaire, previously owned the club, but he put it up for sale after receiving a fine for his connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Thomas Tuchel, the manager of a team that won the Champions League, was fired by Boehly earlier this season. He also oversaw a £250 million spending spree last summer.
There were nine new arrivals at Stamford Bridge, including the £70 million defender Wesley Fofana, the £62 million full-back Marc Cucurella, the £50 million forward Raheem Sterling, and the £34 million defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Neville thinks Chelsea’s strategy during the summer transfer window was “crass” and claims it could set the Premier League club back a few years.
Chelsea initially performed well under Graham Potter, who succeeded Tuchel, but the Blues have dropped to eighth in the Premier League and are no longer eligible for the EFL Cup after losing their last four matches.
Are we going to talk about Chelsea, Neville questioned on his Sky Sports podcast. We must talk about Todd Boehly’s endeavor, Chelsea.
He was abused by Chelsea supporters at the beginning of the season, so he is not shocked by what is happening to Chelsea.
This has all the makings of a lengthy project. There is no doubt that the way the transfer window was handled about what occurred at the beginning of the season was crass.
If Chelsea doesn’t get it right, it might take them a few years to recover from that transfer window.
The difficulties of Roman Abramovich leaving, the new owner coming in and sticking out his chest, and going around Europe thinking he can play Football Manager have culminated in Graham Potter being under a lot of pressure, though he hopes he isn’t and they see it through.