Former Sky Sports host Richard Keys suggests that former Man United defender Gary Neville should replace Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager.
Speculation surrounding Jose Mourinho’s future with Chelsea is rife, and his days could well be numbered.
While Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has rightly been lauded for his analytical work, Richard Keys, who resigned as a Sky presenter in 2011 after sexism controversies, believes that Neville is the man for one of the biggest posts in club football.
Writing on his personal blog, the 58-year-old ranted about British managers not being given a chance in the Premier League. His backing for Neville comes despite the pundit having no experience as a manager to date.
“Now, let me stress, right now there isn’t a vacancy, but if there was why couldn’t Chelsea go British? I’m serious. Here’s a thought – what about Gary Neville? Why not?” Keys wrote.
“Gary continues to impress everybody with his thoughtful approach to the game. He’s been a stunning success at Sky TV. He’s done a terrific job. He’s coached at the highest level with England. He’s handled big players during his time with England. He sees a game that few others do and more often than not he’s got the answers to coaching problems at most clubs. He’s never shirked a tackle or a battle.
He’s ready to put into practice what he believes in surely?”
The current favourite is Pep Guardiola, while Gary Neville is currently 66/1 to become Jose Mourinho’s successor.
“We need English clubs winning in the Champions League again, so why not give Neville a go?,” Keys continued.
“If winning everything as a player is a factor, and surely it counts for something, then – I ask again, why not? I honestly believe it’s time Gary put down his mic and put his boots back on. I can’t think of a better British candidate to manage a big club right now.”