Gary Neville is backing Mauricio Pochettino to come good over time at Chelsea despite a rocky start to life. The former Tottenham manager has struggled to turn things around following a catastrophic first 15 months for new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.
Having already sacked Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, as well as changing everything else about the internal structure of the club, Pochettino has already come in for immense criticism having only managed one league win in his opening six games. After finishing 12th last year the Blues are already languishing in the bottom half and struggling for any form.
He is in charge of the youngest squad in the league having overseen a reform of the squad in his sole transfer window in charge. That hasn't stopped immense backlash coming his way after three games in a row without scoring a goal.
It continues the feeling of disconnect at the club that has amplified since the Boehly-Clearlake axis took over and it is the US-based owners that have felt the brunt of anger from supporters and pundits alike. After Behdad Eghbali — Clearlake co-founder — was seen heading into the first team changing room after full-time against Aston Villa it once more raised questions of how the consortium are going about managing the club.
Speaking on the new Stick to Football Overlap podcast, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Ian Wright all disagreed over the issues at Stamford Bridge. Keane, who was asked how he found life when attention was constantly on those in charge, said: «It doesn't help, it certainly doesn't help.
»Without making excuses it can have an affect on the dressing and the energy at the club, the leadership. But you always want the players when the whistle goes.
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