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3 reasons why Chelsea must sack Maurizio Sarri

Ben Roberts
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
22 Feb 2019, 15:52 IST

Sarri looks down in despair as his side get thumped 6-0 by Manchester City
Sarri looks down in despair as his side get thumped 6-0 by Manchester City

When Maurizio Sarri was appointed as head coach of Chelsea in the summer, there was a great deal of hope and optimism around the club. Of course, there were certain sectors of the fan base that thought Antonio Conte was let go prematurely, but Sarri's arrival marked a new era at Stamford Bridge, so everyone was eager to see what he could bring to the club.

To add to the excitement was the signing of Jorginho for around £50m on the same day. Jorginho played a pivotal role in Sarri's Napoli side and was viewed by many as the main reason for their success. There was great chemistry between the pair in Italy, and so the Chelsea board were hoping that this could be replicated in England.

However, things have gone from bad to worse for Sarri this season, and I don't think that anybody expects him to last for another. With that in mind, here are three reasons why Chelsea should sack Maurizio Sarri.


#3 Sarri has never won a major trophy

ACF Fiorentina v SSC Napoli - Serie A
ACF Fiorentina v SSC Napoli - Serie A

Given that Maurizio Sarri has managed a total of 13 teams and never once won a major trophy, you have to question the Chelsea board's decision to appoint him to replace someone with the pedigree of Antonio Conte.

The best that can be said for Sarri is that he won a 'Serie A Manager of the Year' award in the 2015-16 campaign with Napoli after they finished second with 82 points - nine points behind the winners, Juventus.

Whilst he did remain consistent with Napoli by finishing third the following season after having racked up an impressive 86 points, it still wasn't enough to secure the title.

For years now, fans and critics alike have generally agreed that it's unfair to compare the achievements of a team in one division to a team in another, and there's a good reason for that. On paper, Napoli's high positions in the league table look quite impressive and reflect well on the manager, but when you look at the calibre of teams they're facing in that division, the prestige of their success begins to weaken considerably.

Teams like Crotone, Verona, SPAL and Benevento are the equivalent to League One teams here in England; so Napoli facing them in a match would be like Manchester City against the likes of Luton Town - it's a walk in the park. And it's because of this fact that Serie A performances shouldn't be a primary factor in why a manager gets a job in England, as it doesn't work out - clearly.

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