Boss Set For Exit Claims Pundit
Chelsea will sack manager Maurizio Sarri before their next game according to BBC pundit Chris Sutton.
The Blues were knocked out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 home defeat by Manchester United on Monday night. The Italian’s substitutions were jeered by Chelsea supporters and Sutton believes Sarri’s time at Stamford Bridge is drawing to an end.
“This is Maurizio Sarri’s last game at Chelsea. The Italian job is over for them,” former Chelsea player Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live after the match.
“He’ll get the sack for numerous reasons – things he’s said, that he can’t motivate the players, his inability to be able to adapt and change.
“He won’t survive tonight. Well he might until 9am tomorrow [Tuesday].”
The defeat to United followed a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League earlier this month and a 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth in January.
Chelsea are still in the Europa League but they are down to sixth place in the Premier League and while they are only one point behind fourth-placed United their current form suggests they are in danger of missing out on a place in the Champions League next season. Winning Europe’s secondary competition may be their only hope of regaining their place at the top table.
Owner Roman Abramovich wants to sell up. But his asking price of $3billion has seen potential buyers turn away with the prospect of no Champions League football. The Russian needs either a top-four finish or a Europa League triumph and at the moment Sarri doesn’t look like the man to deliver either.
Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is being linked. However, reports on Monday suggested he wants a £200million transfer kitty and a new deal for Eden Hazard before he takes on the job.