Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been branded unprofessional by former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino after Sarri admitted he only watched 20 minutes of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s full England debut against Montenegro.
Ahead of the 2-1 win at Cardiff on Sunday, Sarri told reporters: “(I watched) only 20 minutes because I had 14 players in the internationals so I didn’t have time to watch 20 matches.
“He (Hudson-Odoi) didn’t start very well on the right but did very well on the left.”
Sarri’s comments didn’t impress Cascarino, who told talkSPORT: “We’ve heard of how Marcelo Bielsa is so thorough in everything he does, you’d think as a club manager you’d be all over how your players did when they were sent away.
“You’d want to know how they got on, you’d want to see their performance, even if you had to watch it a day later.
“To come out and blatantly say, ‘I don’t really know how he did’, it’s just not on!
“I don’t get it, you should be watching over all your players when they’re away on international duty!
“It’s unprofessional. You’re not doing your job if you’re not watching your players.
“I just find it strange to admit you didn’t see him.
“This is a young lad of 18 who had been sent away on international duty and given an opportunity to make his debut and you’re not watching to see how he got on?
“If you’re saying something like that, that’s being unprofessional in your job as a manager.”
Chelsea fans called for Sarri’s sack during the 2-1 win at Cardiff and when asked if Sarri should remain as Chelsea boss beyond the summer, Cascarino added: “No chance, I can’t see it.
“The fans are frustrated and they are pointing the finger at Sarri because they believe he is under achieving, which I would agree with.
“He’s got a hell of a talented squad.”