Boehly told his operation at Chelsea is ‘worse than Man Utd under Woodward’ as Felix is slammed

Joe Williams
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly watches his side

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has been likened to former Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward by one journalist amid huge transfer spends.

Red Devils supporters have had an issue with their owners for many years and the Glazers recently announced they would be trying to sell the club as soon as possible.

The stadium and facilities at the club need some major money spent on them with Cristiano Ronaldo mentioning it as an issue in his controversial interview with Piers Morgan.

Man Utd have also had a lot of issues with transfers as the club have either brought in the wrong player or paid well over the odds for another.

One of the people blamed for many of their poor recruitment decisions was Woodward, who was involved in negotiations to bring in players such as Paul Pogba and Angel di Maria to the club.

And now chief Man Utd writer for the Manchester Evening News Samuel Luckhurst claims that Chelsea are going down a similar route under Boehly’s ownership.

Boehly has spent over £300m in the last two transfer windows and brought in Graham Potter to replace Thomas Tuchel but the results on the pitch have been disastrous.

Chelsea are currently sitting in tenth place in the Premier League table after winning just one of their last nine matches in the league, including a 2-1 defeat to Fulham last night.

And after the match, Luckhurst wrote on Twitter: “Potter is too defeatist in press conferences but Chelsea have damaged a brilliant coach’s reputation. The way they are operating under Boehly is worse than United under Woodward between 2013-15. Amateurs running the shop.”

One of Boehly’s new signings, Joao Felix, who was signed from Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the season, was sent off against the Cottagers.

And former Spain international Santiago Canizares has criticised Felix for failing to adapt to Atletico Madrid after his big-money move from Benfica, laying the blame solely at the forward’s door.

Canizares told Radio Marca: “The club is not to blame for anything about Joao Felix.

“On the contrary, they placed a trust in him that perhaps he did not deserve, he was hired for a fortune. He has talent, but he has to change his personality. He is the most affected because the club paid an amount that perhaps was for more established players.” Canizares scathingly added: “[Simeone] is partly to blame for not being able to exploit him.

“But the most important thing a coach can count on is the player’s will and the player has never been humble enough to overcome difficult moments within the club. When he has not seen himself starting, he has twisted his nose; when he has seen that he is not the leader of the team, he has not taken a step forward.”

On the challenge which led to Felix’s red card, Potter told reporters: “It was a forward’s tackle, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment. He was really good you could see his quality in the game, so it is doubly disappointing for us.”

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