Gary Neville makes Chelsea FC prediction about Maurizio Sarri

The Man United legend believes Maurizio Sarri might not be in charge of Chelsea FC at the start of next season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Gary Neville
Gary Neville (Photo: Sky Sports)

Gary Neville has admitted that he will be surprised if Maurizio Sarri is still in charge of Chelsea FC at the start of next season.

The Italian coach replaced his compatriot Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge last summer despite his predecessor winning the Premier League and the FA Cup in his two seasons at the west London side.

Sarri made an encouraging start to his Chelsea FC reign after the Blues managed to go unbeaten in the Premier League until a 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in late November.

Chelsea FC have lost five times in the past two months or so in the Premier League to leave the door ajar for Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to secure a top-four finish.

The Blues have lost to Tottenham, Wolves, Leicester, Arsenal and Bournemouth to heap pressure on Sarri, who admitted that he struggled to motivate his players following losses at The Emirates and Vitality Stadium.

However, Chelsea FC responded in emphatic fashion last weekend after Sarri’s side notched up a resounding 5-0 win against Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.

Former Manchester United defender Neville believes Sarri will remain in charge of Chelsea FC until the end of the season, but the Sky Sports pundit suggested their could be a change in management in the summer.

“It’s mystifying with Sarri, after his comments about struggling to motivate the players I thought ‘this isn’t going to go well’,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I said a few weeks ago that I thought it was the beginning of the end after what we had seen at Chelsea, the win [over Huddersfield] doesn’t change my mind.

“Chelsea over the years have proven to dismiss managers once they’ve had enough of hearing their voice. You only need to think about what happened to Antonio Conte and the nonsense with Diego Costa the summer after they had won the league and done so well. We’ve seen it with Jose Mourinho, with Andre Villas-Boas.

“I don’t think Chelsea will change Sarri during the season but there are those warning signs that make you think it will be a surprise if it goes beyond the summer.

“That’s not because I want him to leave, I think he’s doing a good job, but Sarri probably realises the job he is in and looks at the players who are not doing what he wants them to do – they never probably will.

“The maximum a manager has got out of those Chelsea players is one year, they’ll do what you say for a year and then say ‘right, I’ve had enough of you’.

“That’s been the nature of the club. No manager can maintain that job for a long period of time, no manager has control.”

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