I know everyone involved – Joe Cole speaks on player power at Chelsea

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Player power has always been a problem at Chelsea for many years now, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich very keen on having a successful season year in, year out.

Joe Cole who spent years in the Chelsea dressing room the past decade has voiced his displeasure of the sacking of Frank Lampard, and feels player power could have played a role.

Joe Cole also believes that player power has to end now, else the same problems will wait for new boss Thomas Tuchel in the near future.

“It’s a real tough one for me to talk about because I know everyone involved. I know Frank, I know Petr Cech, I know Jody [Morris], I know the owner, I know the board members so it’s a tough one to comment on but I’ve got to say what I feel,” Cole told JOE.co.uk.

“They would argue this isn’t a problem because Chelsea have won everything over the last 20 years, more than anyone, but the problem at Chelsea has always been players at the club having too much of an opinion on what’s going on.

“They have a direct line to the people upstairs. This has happened for a long time. So the problem at Chelsea, in my opinion, is that needs to change if there’s ever going to be continuity because the sacking of Frank was the harshest out of all the sackings of the managers.”

He also said: “But when I think logically, that needs to stop. If Tuchel’s to be a success, that needs to stop.

“In six or seven months time, there’s going to be 11 players left out the team, three or four of them really out of form and not performing because that’s football, they can’t go through their agents and start utterings of being discontented and letting that fester.

“It wouldn’t have happened in the 1990s or the 2000s. Imagine if [Sir Alex] Ferguson had found out three or four of his players’ agent were talking.

“It’s not a bad thing to say about the way the system is at Chelsea because they can all sit there and argue they’ve been successful and you’ve got to hold your hands up to that. But if I want the club to be more successful, it’s got to be stability and I just feel a mistake was made letting Frank go.

“I don’t know much about Tuchel but hopefully time will tell whether I’m right or wrong on that.”

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