After the club’s FA Cup final triumph over Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, there was a feeling of emotional attachment for Antonio Conte by most Chelsea fans. But in reality, the damage had already been done. The Italian’s negativity had distorted our season and made the team look mediocre, no thanks to his constant blabbing of the club’s sic transfer strategy, fallout with players, poor performances and wrong tactical decisions. Quite rightly the club could have stuck with him till the end of his remaining one year contract, but the truth is that things are bad at the moment and need quick fix.
One major reason why I feel the club wants a change in manager aside looking for someone to buy into the self-sufficiency plan is that a new direction is needed with regards to our playing style. A major consternation among the supporters towards Conte was his draft of playing defensive football in games we needed to be more artistic than pragmatic. The issue of playing Eden Hazard as a false nine when he had strikers on the bench was alarming. More so, his unwillingness to change things when they are not working for the team was also a shot in the Achilles. His lack of passion and motivation were a shadow of the manager he was during the title-winning season.
With the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs showing signs of progress and winning with artistic styles that have become their identities, then I just feel the Chelsea’s board also want a manager that can deliver silverware and create a new identity with regards to our playing style. The latter is an area Maurizio Sarri has scored high during his three-year at Napoli. His ability to coerce the best out of the average players he had and transform them into real stars has really caught the eye. His exciting brand and style of play has won many plaudits. More so, his willingness to make do with what he has as well as spot rough diamonds and coach them to be better is another plus. Obviously, the need to take full advantage of our successful academy is clearly another reason why the club wants Sarri. His appointment is expected to lead the club in a new direction and herald a new dawn at the Chelsea Football Club.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!