Garth Crooks has slammed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for his treatment of want-away striker Diego Costa.
The former Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and Charlton Athletic man believes that Conte should could have been sacked for the way he handled the situation.
Costa is set to leave Stamford Bridge having been told he is no longer needed by Conte. The arrival of Alvaro Morata has accelerated a possible exit, with Atletico Madrid and AC Milan linked.
Crooks said: “What has Antonio Conte gone and done?
“Never tell your top goal scorer his services are no longer required until you have signed and delivered his replacement.
“Having missed out on Romelu Lukaku, and told Costa in a text that he was no longer needed at the club, the Italian coach lost two players at a stroke in the most monumental managerial gaffe I’ve seen in years.
“I’ve seen managers sacked for less.”