Chelsea managerial target Maurizio Sarri’s history of trouble with Football Authorities in Italy is set to cost him the chance to become coach of the Stamford Bridge club.
Sarri, who is still technically employed by Napoli, was banned in 2016 for alleged homophobic remarks made towards former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini during a Coppa Italia clash against Inter Milan in 2016.
Mancini said at the time:
“The confrontation on the touchline? You have to ask Sarri about that.
“He is a racist. People like him do not belong in football. He used racist words.
“I stood up to ask about the five minutes being added on and Sarri shouted ‘poof’ and ‘faggot’ at me.
“I would be proud to be that if he is what’s considered a man.”
Chelsea had already been hesitant to pay the £7 million buy out clause Napoli are demanding to release the 59-year-old from his contract, but according to Sky Sports News revelations about his controversial past have caused the Blues hierarchy to cool their interest – especially with the Stamford Bridge currently undertaking an equality drive due to the racism scandal surrounding their youth set up in the 1980’s.
As we reported earlier former France national team coach Laurent Blanc has emerged as a shock favourite to take over from Antonio Conte, who is expected to depart the London club in the coming days.
However, Chelsea are also expected to sound out the availability of his former international team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who quit his role as Real Madrid boss yesterday.