Jamie Carragher was left with his head in his hands, while fellow pundit Thierry totally condemned Todd Boehly’s mad-cap idea of a Premier League all-star game.
The new Chelsea part-owner questioned why the Premier League does not have such a match-up after speaking at a business conference in New York. The American also claimed Kevin de Bruyne and Mo Salah had graduated through the Cobham ranks.
It was of course quickly pointed out that neither had been produced by Chelsea. But it has been Boehly’s ‘north vs south’ all-star game, similar to the ones which happen in the NBA and NFL that has sparked most reaction.
And both Henry and Carragher were asked about the maverick proposal on Wednesday night.
“I don’t like them [Boehly’s ideas],” Henry told CBS Sports. “Because this is Europe and it doesn’t work like that. The team goes up and down, All-Star game for what?”
Carragher was seen with his head in his hands. He said: “I will be honest with you, when I see that statement I think it is incredibly arrogant, to speak about a league you don’t know.
‘The Premier League is an international league’
“I don’t think we should ever discount ideas. The Premier League is an international league with owners, players and managers and that is what makes it the best.
“I don’t particularly like those ideas. But I think to come and speak like that when he hasn’t proved he can run a Premier League club well yet…
“He’s sacked a manager after three games. So straight away you are thinking ‘that’s not right’ so he has not made a great start.
“To speak like that when you ave been somewhere for six weeks and say we need to bring what they do in American sports…
“I just think how the American public would feel if an English Premier League footballer went to the NFL and said ‘we do this in the Premier League’.
“It would be incredibly arrogant to speak like that. And maybe if he is coming up with ideas to improve the league there’s nothing wrong with ideas. But I don’t think many people agree with him.
Carragher: Boehly needs to prove himself as an owner
“Some people might but to speak like that after being in the country for such a short amount of time. He hasn’t even proved himself as a good owner of Chelsea yet.”
Boehly, who sacked Thomas Tuchel last week, is certainly stirring the Premier League pot. Just months after completing a takeover of Chelsea from Roman Abramovich, the 48-year-old has made major changes.
Director Marina Granovskaia, chairman Bruce Buck and technical performance advisor Petr Cech were all ousted before Tuchel got his marching orders.
And after appointing Brighton boss Graham Potter, Boehly brought the all-star idea to light, which has been roundly laughed at.
Jurgen Klopp scoffed at the talk on Tuesday and said: “Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters as well and let them play a football team?”
It’s unlikely Boehly’s thoughts will hold any water with the Premier League. And he might just wish his comments are consigned to history and quickly.
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