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Phil Neville Calls For A Sacking At Chelsea Following ‘Poor’ Transfer Decision

The ex-Evertonian and Manchester United player wants heads to roll at Chelsea in the wake of their defeat to Roma.

Chelsea have had a fair start to the season. They lie fourth in the Premier League table, and a win in Azerbaijan against Qarabag later this month would secure a place in the knockout round of the Champions League.

However, they are already nine points behind league leaders Manchester City, and suffered a cruel 3-0 loss to Roma last night, as certain quarters of the media report that the result has hastened the so-called looming departure of manager Antonio Conte.

Whether Conte was involved or not, Phil Neville wants someone to be fired at the club given their decision to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic in the summer to Manchester United.

“What’s gone wrong for Chelsea? One word. Matic,” Neville told BBC 5Live.

“It’s as simple as that. The minute they sold Nemanja Matic was a mistake. When you had Matic sat in front of you, alongside Kante, there was protection. Whoever made that decision needs sacking. That is one of the poorest decisions I have ever seen in the Premier League.”

Matic had more influence on his first Premier League title win with Chelsea in 2014/15, as opposed to last season where the arrival of N’Golo Kante stole the show. Nonetheless, the likes of Ray Wilkins bemoaned the £40m sale of Matic to a direct rival.

He, along with Neville who continued his tirade below, isn’t convinced by replacement Tiemoue Bakayoko.

“If you ask any of those Chelsea players who they would want back, they would say Matic. Chelsea replaced him with someone who is going to do the same job – [Tiemoue] Bakayoko is not that player, he is not a holding midfield player.

They didn’t replace Matic. I wouldn’t have let him out of the building, I would have chained him to the training ground walls.”

Matic will reunite with his former club this weekend as United travel to Stamford Bridge.

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