Stay out of the dressing room – Former owner of Premier League club tells Chelsea owner Todd Boehly

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Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has told Chelsea owner Todd Boehly to stay out of the Chelsea dressing room.

The American has received his fair share of criticism over the last week after being seen going into the Blues dressing room and addressing the players after significant defeats.

“He may not care about the background noise, but some of the things that are going on are very ill-advised,” Jordan told talkSPORT.

“It is silly to allow yourself to build up a reputation as someone who goes into dressing rooms and involves yourself in what is going on in there.

“It’s an irrelevance for football owners to go in there. There’s no place for them in there. Maybe pop in at the beginning of the season, wish them a good season, and maybe pop in at the end and thank them for a good season.

“You don’t get involved on a regular basis of wandering in that dressing room, they’re not interested in what you have to say.

“Wandering into a dressing room and talking to the players, they will only view you as the guy who will fire the guy they actually work for.”

Former Liverpool, Charlton and Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy was not particularly against owners coming into dressing rooms, but cared more about the content of what they said.

Murphy said: “Depends how you conduct yourself when you’re in there. I think the actual statement of saying they should never be in there, I don’t agree.

“What you say and how you conduct yourself while you’re in there is crucial. What it can do is be advantageous to the group to have an owner who conducts himself in a really supportive way.”

As expected, Jordan took issue and replied: “Nonsense, Danny.”

Murphy: “I lived it.”

Jordan: “You lived it to a certain extent when Liverpool weren’t particularly smashing the light fantastic in terms of being successful.

“Go beyond that and look at the bigger picture. Say you believe owners are opening up doors for players to come to there and build cultures inside dressing rooms that are wrong. 

“Players are managed by managers. The moment you bring that relationship with a chairman, at certain points, to a player then you will find it abused.

“I used to do it at the beginning of the season and say ‘let’s have a good season’. I’d set the stall out, I’d go in every now and again, hide out the back and listen to the manager’s team talks as I wanted to get the feel about what was going on.

“That’s because I enjoyed it, especially with Neil Warnock. At the end of the season, I’d go in again and say, ‘let’s pick ourselves up for next season’.

“On a regular basis no because it was mixed messaging, I think it was undermining the manager’s authority and it allowed relationships to develop with the players that were healthy for the manager’s authority.”