Maurizio Sarri & Chelsea
The common opinion is that Maurizio Sarri won’t be Chelsea’s manager for much longer.
On Monday night at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup, Chelsea’s fans turned on Sarri.
As they lost 2-0 to Man United, who have themselves been revived by a mid-season change, the home supporters sung “f*** Sarri-ball”.
At the same time, Sarri has been critical of his players throughout the season.
Recently the Italian questioned whether Eden Hazard was a leader.
He’s also complained about being unable to motivate the Chelsea squad.
Fans are turning on Sarri now…
Don't like where this is going pic.twitter.com/qjT9KIaP6C
— Lewis (@CarefreeLewisG) February 18, 2019
Should Roman Abramovich sack Sarri?
Such is the toxic atmosphere at Chelsea, Chris Sutton has openly questioned Roman Abramovich’s hunger if the Russian doesn’t sack Sarri.
Sutton has argued that if Sarri is allowed to stay on, that’s a sign Abramovich no longer cares about the Blues.
Should he go before the season's out? pic.twitter.com/oyvL0mI2v6
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) February 18, 2019
Chelsea’s next manager odds
Ladbrokes are already pricing up Maurizio Sarri’s replacement in the Chelsea dugout.
After yet another defeat (his eighth as Chelsea boss), the bookies slashed Sarri’s Sack Race odds to just 4/6, while Zinedine Zidane is now just 2/1 to replace the Italian.
But just 6/1 says the Blues turn to a familiar face in Gianfranco Zola to be in charge on the opening day of next season, putting him level with Laurent Blanc and ahead of Jose Mourinho (16/1).
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Sarri’s sacking is seemingly inevitable and the early signs point towards a stint in the dugout for former Madrid man Zidane.”
Manager of Chelsea on opening day of next season
Zinedine Zidane – 2/1
Gianfranco Zola – 6/1
Laurent Blanc – 6/1
Jose Mourinho – 16/1
Maurizio Sarri to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post – 4/6