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Report: Chelsea officials hold talks over Sarri future

Senior figures at Chelsea have held talks to discuss the future of under fire manager Maurizio Sarri, according to reports this evening.

Sarri replaced countryman Antonio Conte in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat last summer and arrived in England with a glowing reputation after his Napoli side had pushed Juventus all the way in the Serie A title race.

The 60-year-old reign as Chelsea got off to a flying start and after navigating the first 12 Premier League games of the season unbeaten, many were tipping the Blues for a title push.

However, things have begun to unravel badly in recent times, and humiliating losses to Bournemouth (4-0) and Man City (6-0) were compounded last night as Chelsea slipped to 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Sarri has publicly questioned his players mentality on more than one occasion recently, and his once lauded ‘Sarri-ball’ style of play is now coming under increasing criticism from both fans and pundits.

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea’s hierarchy are seriously concerned with their sides recent results and the growing discontent amongst their fanbase. One option said to be discussed is instilling assistant coach and club legend Gianfranco Zola as a caretaker boss until the end of the season, while Frank Lampard and Zinedine Zidane are also under consideration.

Chelsea’s next game is the Carabao Cup final against Man City at Wembley, and if Sarri remains in charge for that game and his side pull off an unlikely victory, it will be the first major silverware of the veteran’s career.

Read also: The five favourites to replace Sarri as Chelsea manager.

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