Simon Jordan has praised Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel for marking his authority at Stamford Bridge over his public shame of Callum Hudson-Odoi – but Danny Murphy is not so sure.
The new Blues boss has criticized the England winger for his poor attitude and lack of discipline in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Southampton, after the halftime substitute was hung after just 30 minutes on the ground.
Many questioned the German manager’s decision, with Hudson-Odoi helping give Chelsea much more offensive threat before the sub was replaced, but Tuchel stuck to his decision when questioned Monday.
“I had my reasons for doing it. Was this the right decision? I don’t know, but it was my decision at the moment, ”he told talkSPORT ahead of the club’s last Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.
“I spoke in front of the whole group so as not to make it bigger than it is, because for us it was not much. Sometimes you wonder “should I do this” because maybe the media, the outside, maybe the family or whatever makes her bigger than you wanted to say, but I did it anyway.
“And we had the only reaction we wanted was that he went back to his normal mood, a good mood, a smile, a good workout the next day and a really great workout today.
“I said that day, that it was a lesson for him and for me that day and it’s forgotten, we move on and it was absolutely like that. It’s business as usual, not much. “
TalkSPORT specialist Jordan loved seeing this side of the new Chelsea boss, insisting he has every right to demand the best from his players who have only had 18 months to make an impact at Bridge.
But Murphy was not a fan.
“AVB got in there at Chelsea but Abramovich was sold downstream when he realized the dressing room was stronger than the manager,” former Crystal Palace owner Jordan told Jim White on talkSPORT.
“Now you have a manager who’s about to wear a song, has a resume, has the guts of his convictions and knows he’s only 18 months old and doesn’t have time to laugh.
“He has already pinned his flag on the pole saying: ‘I am 18 months old and I have to make this team in the Premier League or in the Champions League, I don’t have time to train people.
“‘I gave you a message, son, what part of this message don’t you understand?’ But I bet he understands now… ”
However, Murphy believes the manager risks turning his own players against him if he continues his tyrannical streak.
Instead, the former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder urged the boss to ‘get his players involved’ first, admitting he’s already done something that rival bosses Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola NEVER do.
“From a player’s point of view, you could have set him back several weeks or months,” he said.
“You could tell he’s not strong enough… if it was me I wouldn’t sleep for two or three nights, I would be weak in confidence and then I would get up, train twice as hard and I would try to prove to the manager that he was wrong – but it is not the majority of footballers now!
“Sometimes you get a good response by kicking someone in the back, but what they did when they brought it back was bad enough. To try it out publicly as well, Hudson Odoi is going to feel depressed about it.
“The biggest problem, and the risk he takes as a new manager, is that he’s trying to be a little too tyrant. He tries too hard to mark his authority
“What tends to happen is a bunch of senior players turn around and say quietly, ‘Wait, who do we have here? He thinks he’s the dog… he thinks he’s the best boy ”.
“He’s someone who is new to the profession, you have to involve the players. If you lose the players early, you’re gone!
“Have Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola reached the levels they have and have the rapport they have with their team, their constant desire to keep going, to make sure the players perform well and to keep the players on the happy bench, digging them up? No!
“You have to build that respect and that rapport, you build that reputation where you do things and the players respect it. This is what happened with Gerard Houllier at Liverpool. You respected his decisions, even if it meant you missed a game or two.
“What I mean is just starting out in a new job with top players, at a time when egos are bigger than ever, players like to be criticized more than ever. You need to involve them first. “