Chelsea will not make a decision on manager Maurizio Sarri’s future until after the Europa League final according to reports.
The Italian’s future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt after a difficult first season, despite having led the club to two cup finals and securing Champions League football for next season.
The club’s fans have been vocal in their discontent at the manager’s methods, with Sarri’s relationship with the fans believed to be a key reason for his uncertain future.
Several of Sarri’s substitutions have been met with boos from the Chelsea faithful this season, whilst chants of ‘f*ck Sarri-ball’ – in reference to the 60-year-old’s preferred style of play – have also been heard.
Whilst there have been reports in Italy that Sarri could be sacked after the Europa League final later this month, the Telegraph is reporting today that the Chelsea hierarchy will wait until after the club’s meeting with Arsenal on May 29 before making a decision on his future.
Sarri has insisted he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge, and winning silverware later this month would certainly help his cause to stay at the club.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is also believed to have been left unimpressed by Sarri’s criticism of the club’s end of season friendly against MLS side New England Revolution.
The fixture was arranged by Abramovich as part of the club’s campaign against anti-semitism, though Sarri was vocal in his discontent of the scheduling of the fixture prior to the Europa League final.