Chelsea have lined up three potential replacements for Maurizio Sarri, with the Italian coach expected to depart Stamford Bridge and replace Max Allegri as Juventus manager.
Sarri only joined Chelsea last summer from Napoli, and on paper at least – finishing third in the Premier League, reaching the Carabao Cup final, and winning the Europa League – the 60-year-old has enjoyed a relatively successful first season in English football.
However, Sarri is a hugely unpopular figure with large sections of the Blues support, with his previously heralded Sarri-Ball style of play the subject of intense criticism over the final few months of the season.
As we reported recently Sarri has told the Chelsea hierarchy that he wants to leave the club after just one season and return to his homeland.
Maurizio Sarri has informed Chelsea he wants to leave the club this summer, according to Sky in Italy.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) June 1, 2019
According to a report in the Independent Chelsea would have been happy for Sarri to stay on as manager, but will not stand in his way if he wants to join Juve, provided the Italian club pay up the final year of his Stamford Bridge contract as compensation.
The report also states that Juve’s outgoing coach Max Allegri is in the frame to replace Sarri as Chelsea boss. Italian tactican Allegri has enjoyed a hugely successful five years in charge in Turin, winning five Scuddetto’s, and reaching two Champions League finals.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is currently the favourite with the bookies after impressing during his first season as a manager, guiding Derby to the Championship playoff final. Lampard is seen my many as the ideal candidate – especially if the Blues are unable to overturn their transfer ban.
Lastly, former France and PSG coach Laurent Blanc is also under consideration, although the former Manchester United defender has been out of work since 2016.
Maurizio Sarri's managerial career
1990-2005: Serie D
2005-2010: Bouncing around Serie B
2010-2012: Serie C
2018-: Chelsea, winning his FIRST EVER trophy as a manager.
Almost draws you to tears when you see him look at his medal pic.twitter.com/qrDOzwA0Go
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