Chelsea players will stab you at the back, Gary Neville sends warning to Tuchel

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has spoken about the behind the scenes at Chelsea, that has seen some top managers lose their job over the years.

According to Neville, former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas basically lost his job, because of the antics of the senior players, and he believes that his predecessors have also faced something similar.

Gary Neville believes that the connection between the board and players is a risky model to operate, and blames it as part of the reason why managers never last at Chelsea.

Gary Neville has now warned new boss Thomas Tuchel to watch his back at Stamford Bridge.

Gary Neville told Webby & O’Neill: “I was in Napoli when Villas-Boas was getting stabbed in the back left, right and centre off all the older Chelsea players about eight or nine years ago.

“Basically I was sat there with Sky Sports people on the day of the game and phone calls were coming through from agents and journalists saying, ‘he’s saying that’, he left three or four players out that night, they lost, he got sacked two days later.

“I was at United, I’ve been shielded from this nonsense for like 30 years, I was like, ‘is this what goes on?’. You’ve got players in their hotel rooms in the afternoon ringing journalists and their agents are ringing journalists and broadcasters. I’m like, ‘do one’.

“Villas-Boas got sacked two days later. They did the same to [Luiz Felipe] Scolari, they did the same to [Rafa] Benitez.

“The players at Chelsea have always had what I think would be the connection you shouldn’t have with the owner or with the owner’s people.

“The players should never have a connection that would be unprofessional. You don’t break rank and go above your manager to the sporting director or owner. In any company, by the way. If you’re a member of staff you go to your line manager. It’s criminal in any business for that to happen, in any sports team, in any walk of life.

“A manager’s got to have eyes in the back of his head [at Chelsea].”

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