New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has made our day here at the Football Faithful, by hilariously stating that he would like to stay at Stamford Bridge for the next 10 years.
In modern football, it seems pretty unlikely that any manager will last 10 seasons at a Premier League club – especially at Chelsea where the Blues Russian owner Roman Abramovich has hired 13 different managers since buying the West London club back in the summer of 2003.
Success doesn’t seem to make much of a difference either with Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, and Antonio Conte all given the axe despite delivering the Premier League crown.
Speaking to a press conference in London yesterday Sarri is either an eternal optimist or he has completely forgotten the type of club he is actually managing.
“It depends on the club. I want to stay here for 10 years, but I have to win,” Sarri told a press conference.
“Then it depends on the club. But I want to stay here for a long time.”
Despite winning plenty of admirers for the progressive, possession-based football his sides play, Sarri has never actually won a trophy during his career and he will be looking to remedy that situation when his Chelsea side face Manchester City at Wembley tomorrow in the Community Shield.
“I think it’s very important to start with a trophy,” Sarri added.
“It’s also important that the performance is a step forward. Clearly for me it’s very important to win something.”