Liverpool and Manchester United legends, have slammed Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich over his statement amid global rage over Russiaâ€™s invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich released a statement on Saturday, which was on his ownership of Chelsea.
In his statement on Saturday evening, Abramovich said he is â€œgiving trustees of Chelseaâ€™s charitable foundation the stewardship and careâ€ of the Blues.
The announcement meant that the Russian billionaire remains the clubâ€™s owner, despite calls for him to give up the club following Russiaâ€™s invasion of Ukraine.
And Neville has now hit out at Abramovichâ€™s gesture, saying it was clear that the Russian billionaire is still in charge, while Carragher said that Chelsea â€œembarrassed themselvesâ€ with their statement.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said, â€œOne of the smartest things that I think Roman Abramovich has done over the last 20 years is not to speak, not to make statements.
â€œBecause the statement that he made last night left more questions than answers.
â€œIf anything I thought it was, to be fair, a cowardly approach to sort of throw a hospital pass to good people on the charitable and foundation board, when itâ€™s quite clear he runs the club with Marina [Granovskaia, club director] and [technical and performance advisor] Petr Cech.
â€œThereâ€™s no way that the charitable foundation of Chelsea is running the club and Iâ€™m not quite sure why Roman Abramovich made that statement.
â€œIf he wanted to make a statement of any note, it would have been whether he supports the war in Ukraine or he actually doesnâ€™t support the war in Ukraine.â€
On his part, Carragher said, â€œI donâ€™t think they have handled it really well. With a couple of statements, they have put out, I think it has been really poor and they have let themselves down badly.
â€œI donâ€™t think they did that well either.
â€œItâ€™s not worked out well for them at all, I think they have embarrassed themselves. They should have been a lot stronger in what they said, and regarding Roman Abramovich passing on to Chelsea trustees, thatâ€™s not him relinquishing the club, stewardship is not ownership. It is completely different because he is still in charge, he is still running it, which is fine.
â€œBut to not actually mention in his initial statement what was going on in Ukraine, I thought was really poor.â€