Gary Neville sends clear message to Ricketts family after Chelsea fan protest
Gary Neville has urged those in charge of the Chelsea sale to listen to the supporters following a fan protest against the Ricketts’ bid outside Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
A number of Blues fans gathered outside the stadium before the game against Brentford to protest against The Ricketts’ potential Chelsea takeover.
This came after Chelsea Supporters’ Trust also announced that 77 percent of its members voted against the proposals submitted by the Chicago Cubs’ owners and their partners.
Neville has now had his say on the matter as he sent a clear message to the Ricketts family.
“There have been movements and noise in the last week that the Ricketts’ bid seems to be the favoured one and get the preferential treatment as other parties have suggested,” the former England international told Sky Sports.
“I have to say, we don’t know. There is no transparency, there is no independence in English football to be able to determine how you bid for a football club.
“If I were the Ricketts family and got that type of hostility on the way in, move away. Move away, the fans are important.
“We’ve seen unpopular owners like the Glazers at Manchester United or Mike Ashley at Newcastle United, it drains the absolute life of a football club and a city.
“So we’ve got to make sure moving forward it’s not about the bids, it’s about what the fans want.”
Neville further argued that while the Ricketts have tried to reach out to the fans, they either haven’t explained their “historic issues” well or the fans just don’t accept it.
“We have to start bringing some sort of moral compass when determining who owns a football club,” he added.
“At this moment in time, I find it difficult to accept that if the Chelsea fans are en masse against a takeover by the family, who are said to be the favourites, it should not happen.”
The Ricketts and their partners are just one of the four remaining groups in the race to buy the west London club.
Raine Group, a New York-based investment bank who are in charge of the sale, reportedly expect the takeover to be done by the end of this month.