Five Managers Chelsea should consider if they sack Maurizio Sarri next season

  • Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri could be sacked by the end of the season. Here are five ideal replacements for the Italian.
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Modified 08 Feb 2019, 17:50 IST

Sarri has failed to deliver at Stamford Bridge so far.
Sarri has failed to deliver at Stamford Bridge so far.

In the summer of 2018, Chelsea made a lot of effort to sign Maurizio Sarri from Napoli, who was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti. After much deliberation and talks, Chelsea landed the man they so badly wanted.

At the start of the season, it looked like Chelsea made the correct decision by sacking Conte and bringing in Sarri but since the defeat to Tottenham in the Premier League at Wembley, the Blues have struggled in almost all competitions. The former Napoli manager has been heavily criticized because of his tactics, especially his insistence on only using Jorginho at the defensive midfield position in place of N'Golo Kanté. Other issues such as his rotation policy and his reliance on only a core group of players have been a major source of criticism.

Though for Chelsea fans everything would have been overlooked had the team continued to win, but the 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth has finally made the fans lose patience with the Italian. And just like the fans, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has a reputation of not hesitating when sacking a manager and he would happily drop the axe on Sarri if the need arises.

Here we look at five managers Chelsea should consider if Chelsea sack Maurizio Sarri next summer-

#5 Frank Lampard

Lampard's Derby playing exciting attacking football.

Frank Lampard may not be one of the most high profile managers at this time, but so far considering his first job at Derby and the kind of work he has done it would be safe to say he promises to be an astute tactician in the future. Currently, he is the manager of Derby County and they are very much in the race for promotion to the Premier League while also being in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The attacking style of football Lampard has managed to bring to the Rams has been impressive.

In terms of experience as a manager, Lampard may be the first choice, but if he becomes a Chelsea manager he can command respect from the players due to his legendary status at the club. Managers such as Zinedine Zidane, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Pep Guardiola and Roberto Di Matteo are prime examples of when a former player turned manager may be the answer for a club. Though it would be a gamble to bring in Lampard, but considering his work at Derby and his status as a club icon it might turn out to be a risk worth taking as well.

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