4 reasons why Chelsea must sack Maurizio Sarri immediately
Having performed creditably well as manager of Napoli whom he guided to a spectacular campaign during the 2017/2018 Serie A season, it did not come as a major surprise when Chelsea appointed Maurizio Sarri as their manager at the start of the current campaign.
The 60-year-old had won many admirers with his aesthetic brand of football in Naples, leading to endorsements from leading figures like Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff and it was expected that he would bring his expertise with him to Stamford Bridge.
Sarri started the season impressively with Chelsea, leading The Blues to an unbeaten run in all competitions for the first four months of his reign - a run encompassing 18 matches in all competitions, which garnered praises for 'sarriball'.
Chelsea seemed invisible at that point, with Eden Hazard playing the best football of his life, and Sarri hailed for being the man to unleash the shackles placed on the Belgian by previous managers.
However, Chelsea's invincibility came crashing down as they lost to Tottenham in mid-November and their world has not been the same since.
Since that defeat, the London club have huffed and puffed in vain, struggling to impose their identity on matches and have shown signs of total bewilderment which has led to numerous dropped points in their quest for a top four finish.
In that time, there have been harrowing 4-0 and 6-0 defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City respectively, while last weekend's controversial 2-1 win away to Cardiff halted a three-match winless run in the league.
Despite the victory, there were chants of 'Sarri out' as well as some vile, unprintable comments from sections of the away fans, which has seen the pressure increasingly pile on Maurizio Sarri.
Given Roman Abramovic's history of being trigger-happy with managers, it would not come as a major surprise were Sarri the latest to go out the ever-revolving door of managers at the club. In this piece, we shall be highlighting four reasons why it would be in Chelsea's best interests to fire Sarri barely nine months into his bumper contract.
#4 He has suffered a disconnect with Chelsea fans
Football fans play a massively important role in football, providing emotional, financial and physical support or the players, while also defending the honour and integrity of the club against rival fans.
In short, without fans, there can be no football as the all-round contributions made by supporters are too important to ignore.
They are universally referred to as the '12th' man and rightly so, as they more often than not give payers that extra lift needed to last the distance and go for glory.
Even in today's modern world of increased commercialization and marketing, the needs of the club's fanbase are still of paramount importance and in some football communities like the Serie A and La Liga, the 'socios' or 'ultras' still have a large say in deciding the day-to-day running of the club.
To keep fans happy, results have to be gotten on the field and when things go badly, they are usually the first set of people to let their voices be heard either on social media or at the stadium.
The poor results being posted by Chelsea under Sarri has led to a disconnect between the Italian gaffer and the fans, with numerous placards calling for his sack adorning the stands in most Chelsea matches, while chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' greet every painfully predictable substitution he makes.
Given the importance of keeping fans happy, it is paramount that the Chelsea hierarchy heed their call and terminate Sarri's appointment, or else it could turn into a full-blown crisis between supporters and management which is a scenario the club would be keen to avoid.