Gary Neville in his response to Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to Spurs spilled out a tiny-veiled dig at Chelsea – calling the club a mad club.
Here’s what he said in continuation of his response on United’s second defeat of the season that leaves them six-points behind Chelsea.
“He saw the end of his contract at Inter Milan, he saw the end of his contract at Porto and he saw the end of his contract at Real Madrid.
“It’s only at Chelsea, which is a club of madness, where this has happened. At Inter Milan, Porto and Real Madrid he saw it to the end so let’s not rewrite history. At Chelsea, everybody dies a little bit early. It’s that type of club, he’s not on his own there.
“It was tough for him at Real Madrid and he got through to the end of the season. I don’t see it happening during the season.
“To suggest that Manchester United are like Chelsea is not right. I have to say Manchester United still do things slightly differently.”
Here’s my response:
Gary Neville calls Chelsea a mad house and sincerely I gladly accept his claim, but how many Premier League clubs have been successful with stability? Perhaps just Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson – his Fergie time play and influence on refereeing decisions helped too.
Let’s be more logical – Spurs and Liverpool are four seasons with their respective coaches – Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp, and are both trophyless till date. Both clubs are doing fantastically good and credit to them. But good football without winning trophies doesn’t make you feel any better than a team that survived relegation playing the same way.
Arsenal regretfully spent 22 years under a dud Professor of a coach and there was little to show for, and decided to go for a change just this summer to prevent worse memories. Mourinho like Arsene Wenger is towing the same line of allowing his past achievements, and also the modern football trends and age get the better of him simply because he has refused to change his style of football management. His drab 17th Century football blueprint is wearing and tearing United apart, and Gary is just too myopic to see and too grumpy and ashamed to admit that United are in crisis – a fractured relic of bygone years.
Meanwhile, Chelsea with loudly many managerial changes can boast of 15 major trophies since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2013 till date. The same mouthy Gary Neville took charge of Valenica sometime ago and exhibited his specialist-in-failure managerial savvy almost dragging the Spanish side to relegation. Now, he claims to be a topnotch pundit, sporting advisor and football analyst. Even my late dog, Romeo (in blessed memory) would do better than Gary Nevillle in football management.