Gary Neville has issued a new warning about Chelsea’s Todd Boehly and the involvement of American owners in the Premier League.
Boehly heads the consortium that bought Chelsea from Roman Abramovich this summer – he spent over £250m on players and replaced Thomas Tuchel with Graham Potter – whilst also being involved in a number of gaffes.
The businessman reportedly wanted the Blues to play an impossible 4-4-3 formation and has spoken of his desire to introduce an American-style All-Star game, pitting players from the north of England against a team from the south and even compete admitted that he was not against the European Super League.
Chelsea were among clubs that tried to set up a breakaway European Super League last year, prompting widespread condemnation from fans, pundits, players and managers, and even protests – with Neville among the biggest critics – as those involved English clubs were eventually forced to make a U-turn.
Boehly, who also thought Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah came through Chelsea academy, was speaking at the SALT conference in the United States this week and was quizzed about the European Super League, saying: “I never say a harsh one No, I like to stay alive options.’
Neville had previously accused Boehly of playing the Football Manager video game in real life and has now targeted the American again.
“I keep saying it, but the quicker we get the regulator in [English football] the better,” said Neville.
“US investment in English football is a clear and present threat to the pyramid and fabric of the game.
“They just don’t get it and think differently. They don’t stop until they get what they want either!’
Neville is a constant critic of the Glazer family – the American owners of Manchester United – but the US has a lot of influence in the English top flight.
Arsenal is owned by American Stan Kroenke, Liverpool is owned by another American in John W. Henry, while Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Leeds United and West Ham and Fulham all have varying degrees of US investment.
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