Jamie Carragher gives verdict on Maurizio Sarri’s future at Chelsea FC
The Liverpool FC legend believes Maurizio Sarri is facing an uncertain future at Chelsea FC
Jamie Carragher believes Maurizio Sarri could face the mid-season sack after Chelsea FC’s 6-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
Chelsea FC are facing a battle to secure a top-four finish in their first season under the Italian head coach.
The Blues lost 4-0 to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium earlier this month, leading to some negative chants about Sarri from the club’s travelling support.
The west London side responded with a 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge to make immediate amends for their embarrassing loss at Vitality Stadium.
Chelsea FC made the trip to Manchester City after being relegated to fifth spot in the table following Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.
Sarri’s side slumped to a humiliating rout after the defending Premier League champions eased to a resounding 6-0 win.
The heavy defeat dropped the Blues down to sixth place behind Arsenal with 12 games to go in the race to secure the final Champions League spot.
Former Liverpool FC defender Carragher believes Sarri is facing an uncertain future at the five-time Premier League winners.
“The problem for Sarri is that Chelsea have had success changing managers midway through the season in the past,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“There were managers in the past that tried to implement a certain type of football at the club [Scolari and Villas-Boas].
“Chelsea weren’t in disastrous positions in the league at either time, but you have to look at what happened the seasons after they left [Hiddink won the FA Cup, Di Matteo won the FA Cup and Champions League after coming in mid-season].
“What that does is that sends a message to the club’s supporters that change isn’t a bad thing. I don’t think Sarri is getting that support from his own supporters and that is the big problem. His big problem is who is actually supporting this man if the board aren’t.
“We are not speaking about Arsenal and Unai Emery, who are on the same points as Chelsea. Chelsea are in a cup final too. We are speaking about Sarri because it is Chelsea and what they have done in the past.
“I would like to see them stick with Sarri, but unfortunately we know that these next set of fixtures, because it is Chelsea, will be crucial.”
Sarri took over the reins from his compatriot Antonio Conte in the summer.
The Italian coach earned praise for the attractive style of football that Sarri implemented at Napoli.
Chelsea FC will take on Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday.