Chelsea are currently on a search for a potential replacement for Maurizio Sarri who might be the first manager to conveniently beat them in their sacking game should his move to Juventus be confirmed.
Chelsea have attained a status for being ruthless with managers for over a decade and this has been the case since Roman Abramovich’s era. Managers are hardly given any reasonable time to imprint their identity on the team.
The Blues were once the hot cake as numerous managers yearned for the job at Stamford Bridge. Recently, they’ve given the job consideration a deep thought. What’s the use of the big job when you could easily find yourself out in the cold in less than a year?
Maurizio Sarri is a perfect example. The Italian boss was close to being relieved of his managerial role at the club according to reports after a poor run of results during the second round of the 2018/19 season.
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However, he survived and made the top 4, this was in part, due to the inconsistency of the other clubs who were vying for a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.
He then helped Chelsea to a Europa League triumph and landed the first trophy of his managerial career in the process.
The manager who was heavily criticized for his supposedly boring and less incisive football by Chelsea fans and critics alike is now being courted by one of the major elite clubs in Europe.
Juventus have reportedly expressed concrete interest in the Italian and Chelsea could be in a for a major challenge with regards to his successor.
There are very few elite managers who would want the job at Chelsea considering the present challenges at the club. The likes of Jorge Jesus and Max Allegri have already reportedly rejected offers from the Blues.
The board are now urging Maurizio Sarri to remain in his position, and have also identified the likes of former player Frank Lampard and Rafa Benitez as possible replacements. It must be recalled that Benitez has a frosty relationship with Chelsea fans.
The Blues have learned how to keep the ball under Sarri whilst being entertaining in some games. Should he leave, Chelsea might revert back to the kind of football the board frowned upon before Sarri’s appointment.
Meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri must never be blamed for a possible exit from Chelsea considering the criticism he received from fans. The club and fans must understand that managers need time. The likes of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City are major proofs.
We wait to see who takes over should Sarri leave, and see how long they last on the job when the going gets tough because it will.