ROB GREEN has revealed how he gave “rudderless” Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri a piece of his mind for having no plan B.
And the Italian even THANKED the back-up Blues stopper for his comments.
The former England goalie, 39, has ended his career after being the back-up last season at Stamford Bridge.
And during an intense team meeting after Chelsea’s 6-0 drubbing away to Manchester City in February, Green decided not to pull any punches… because he wasn’t playing anyway.
He told the Athletic: “I turned to Sarri and said, ‘Look, you are in a really difficult position and I understand that because there is stuff going on at this club that I can see, you can see and no one on the outside can see, so I get you.’
“But all the while I was thinking, ‘I’m going to give him both barrels in a minute’.
“I spoke for 15 minutes. A lot of players said afterwards that they enjoyed me saying that: ‘You said what I wanted to say but I couldn’t say it’.
“Obviously, if they had, it could have affected their place in the team or their future at the club.
“Two of the assistant coaches, Gianfranco Zola and Carlo Cudicini, said something along the lines of: ‘That was brilliant. We’ve been trying but we are in a compromised position as well in that it is a very hierarchical style and there isn’t a lot of feedback coming in return’.
“How did Sarri take it?
“We were all walking out of the room at the end and he was standing at the door.
“I was thinking, ‘Oh f***, I’m dead’ but he shook my hand and said, ‘Thank you, that’s the first time anyone has made me think at a meeting’.
“The thing is, it didn’t change anything.”
Green, clearly, is not a fan of the chain-smoking Italian’s ‘Sarriball’ tactics, branding him “regimented” while he and Olivier Giroud figured out they had done exactly the same training session all-but 18 times over the course of a season.
He added: “He is an ex-bank manager and manages a club like one.
“In his brain, there was a formula for success. It was like ‘I’m a mathematician, I’ve worked it out and I know’.
“It is a good thing to have a coach with clarity and total belief in what they’re doing.
“There were times it worked — the problem is there are 11 people on the other team trying to do something to stop you.
“The difficulty is when they figured out how.
“He was always going to struggle to change it because he only had one way. If it didn’t work, he’d just say we had to do his way better.”