Is time up for Sarri at Chelsea after Man City loss?
Football analyst and writer Jonathan Wilson has argued that time could be up for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.
Sarri witnessed Chelsea's biggest stumble in 28 years after going down 6-0 to Manchester City on Sunday and Wilson has cited precedence at the club to support his argument that it is a matter of time before Roman Abramovic sacks the Italian tactician. Chelsea last witnessed their biggest loss in 1991 where they were beaten by Nottingham Forest 7-0.
"How bad is too bad? What level of defeat forces a club to change its long-term plans? Is there even a long-term plan at Chelsea? Chelsea’s worst defeat in 28 years cannot but lead to serious questions and all precedent suggests those inquiries will end with the departure of the manager, Maurizio Sarri."
"There always seemed something a little uncomfortable in Chelsea’s appointment of Sarri. This, after all, is an impatient club that has thrived on chaos in recent years. Sarri is the 11th permanent or semi-permanent manager Chelsea have had in the 11 years since the end of the first José Mourinho era and by far the most idiosyncratic." Wilson argues in his blog on The Guardian.
The appointment of the former Napoli coach was among the club's vision of rebuilding the team and in the process accepting that results might not go their way, writes Wilson, but the impatience that has always been witnessed at the club in the Abramovic era may indicate Sarri might be out before the dust even settles.
"To appoint Sarri is to commit to a long-term plan, to a wholesale rebuilding of the squad. It is to accept there may be a downturn in results before improvement comes. Since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 that has not been the Chelsea way."
"For Sarri to work would take time and there have always been doubts as to whether he would get it – not least because, given Abramovich has instructed bankers to seek a buyer, there are no guarantees as to how long he will remain as owner. The failure to appoint a new technical director after the resignation of Michael Emenalo in November 2017 speaks volumes about the lack of long-term planning. But recent performances have raised a corollary issue: even if Sarri is given time, there are no guarantees he will be a success." he adds.
Abramovic has sacked managers even after winning titles with the club and a case in point is the recent messy sacking of Antonio Conte who won them the league and the FA Cup in his second and final season at the club. Sarri is the 11th manager under the Russian since he bought the club in 2003.