Rob Green speaks about lack of transparency on transfer decisions at Chelsea

Former Blues goalkeeper Robert Green has claimed the manager does not always make the decisions on signings at Chelsea.

Green joined Chelsea in 2018 as a third-choice stopper to provide cover for Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero.

Despite not making any appearance for the Blues, him lifting the Europa League trophy in Baku, Azerbaijan, was one of the highlights of the team’s celebration after defeating city rivals Arsenal in the final.

Two days after that memorable celebration, Green announced his retirement at the age of 39.

Speaking about his Chelsea transfer, Green said former manager Maurizio Sarri did not have an idea who he was.

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The former England shot-stopper told BBC’s Radio 5 Live: “It’s funny at Chelsea. It’s not the most transparent in terms of the signings it’s making.

“The manager doesn’t always make the decisions.

“I don’t think Maurizio Sarri knew who I was when I signed, let alone approve the signature.

“You look at that but who is making the decisions? Maybe with Petr Cech, the communications might be better.”

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Although, to be fair, taking Chelsea’s tendency to replace their managers as soon as they fail to meet certain expectations into account, not relying on coaches to have the final say on transfers might be a wise decision.

Previously Chelsea had Michael Emenalo as director of football to align the transfer targets with the club’s long-term policy.

But, since his departure in 2017, director Marina Granovskaia has mostly taken the role before Cech’s appointment as technical advisor.

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A major example of how Chelsea limit the manager’s authority in player signings was Antonio Conte.

The Italian tactician, who spent most of his time in Italy, clearly wanted to bring in more Serie A players to Stamford Bridge.

But, considering the likes of Davide Zappacosta, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri have had minor impacts for the club (except for Alonso to certain points), you could say the club’s stance was relatively justified.

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