The Time Has Come For Chelsea To Be Brave And Ignore The Urge To Make Another Managerial Mistake
Chelsea sacking their manager is normal behaviour, it is regular.
The Stamford Bridge club have built a reputation over the last 15 years for being both hugely successful on the one hand but unable to to create a long term stable environment on the other.
Managers come and go at Chelsea but in general we have seen the silverware continue to be placed in the trophy cabinet under the influence of owner Roman Abramovich. The Russian money man is clearly happy to see his coaches come and go as long as the wins keep coming but inevitably at the Bridge the relationship between the manager and the players tends to break down.
Jose Mourinho, Luis Felipe Scolari, Andre Villas-Boas and Antonio Conte are just four names to have had short sharp spells in west London with varying degrees of success and Maurizio Sarri appears to be the latest man to come under intense pressure.
The former Napoli manager was brought to the club to implement his beautiful style of attacking football but less than a season into his project, speculation over his future in the Premier League is beginning to mount.
The club have had an alarming dip in results over the past few months following a stunning start to the campaign and there is a real danger than the Blues will miss out on Champions League football for the second year in-a-row. Sky Sports News are reporting that the "senior figures have held discussions about Maurizio Sarri's future" following the defeat to Everton on Sunday afternoon.
Few would be surprised to see Sarri given his marching orders sooner rather than later given the history of the Chelsea board but this is the time for the club to change.
You hire someone like Sarri to build a brand of football at your team and it would be foolish to give up on that less than a few months into a long term contract. There is clearly going to be some upheaval at the club in the summer with a number of players likely to be on the move meaning the Italian does deserve a proper summer to work with his players and bring in his own men.
Last summer saw the former Empoli gaffer arrive late due to contract issues and his track record shows that when given time, the result start to come.
Napoli under Sarri picked up the most points they have ever had in Serie A which is a remarkable achievement for a cub who had been in the doldrums for long periods prior to his arrival.
"Sarri Ball" has received some criticism this season but we saw under Guardiola at City that the first campaign for a foreign manager can be tough, with the top six teams in the Premier League more competitive than ever. Two high quality teams will miss out on the top four but Chelsea should not hit the panic button if they do miss out on the top table of European football.
It is time the balance was redressed at Stamford Bridge, no longer should the players be given all the power as has been the case in the past, give Sarri another campaign at the helm and finally allow the club to settle and grow.