Chelsea legend, Marcel Desailly, has warned the club against sacking manager, Antonio Conte.
He said instead, the club should sell “four or five” players.
The Italian is expected to leave the club at the end of the season after a disappointing second season at Stamford Bridge.
Last season, Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title but his relationship with the board has soured this season due to his lack of involvement in the club’s transfer strategy.
Chelsea’s sacking strategy has proved successful in the past but Desailly said they should stick to Conte this time and should sell players instead.
He told Daily Mail, “What was working last season with Conte suddenly cannot work this season. Before they’ve changed the coach, and kept the players.
“This time they should keep the coach and look to move four to five players on. ‘
“Your best players’ performances have dropped and Chelsea did not get the correct players with the correct strengths or another top player in the summer.
“Players like [Victor] Moses and [Marcos] Alonso played a magnificent season last year but they were in need of support this year.
“It’s been a collective failure at Chelsea this season. I don’t think the situation that Chelsea are in is Conte’s fault – you must give him that season.’
Desailly added that the club’s decision to let Matic and Diego Costa go last summer has cost them dearly.
He added, “Massive, massive. Costa would have scored 10 goals more than [his replacement] Alvaro Morata.
“So maybe that’s five more wins and that’s a big difference. And the system of three at the back did not work this season because Conte lost Matic,’ added Desailly.
“Matic fitted with N’Golo Kante at the time and Cesc Fabregas fitted better in that system with him too. Together they protected the defence like it was needed.”