The Chelsea board are reportedly not happy with Maurizio Sarri for being at odds with the club over Alvaro Morata.
Chelsea had suggested Morata missed the clash with Newcastle last weekend with a hamstring injury but Sarri revealed after the game that Morata was fit to play.
According to Ian McGarry, the board aren’t happy with Sarri for going against what the club had briefed about Morata.
“He’s not willing to bow to everyone else’s will when asked to,” McGarry told the Transfer Window podcast.
“After Chelsea’s win against Newcastle, he directly opposed the club briefing about the situation involving Alvaro Morata being left out of the squad and candidly said, and very forthrightly said in a post-match interview that Morata was not, as briefed by the club, suffering from a hamstring injury.
“He was perfectly fit and able to play, however with three small players upfront then there’s no reason to have two big players on the bench because if I’m going to change how things work, then I’ll change it and bring Giroud on. Morata is fully fit.”
“Morata has been punted around almost every club in Europe who might be able to afford his £200,000-a-week wages,” McGarry continued.
“This is the kind of thing that Chelsea as a club did not take lightly. Nor will they respond to well when the manager blatantly contradicts them publicly with regards to what they’ve said and then what he then gives as the actual reason. Obviously as a manager he knows.
“So that’s the first little crack I think that you see in terms of the relationship which exists between Sarri and the people that are running the club.
“In particular the de facto chief executive Marina Granovskaia – who is on the football board and runs transfers.”
Morata is set to leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid after failing to impress Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and the Blues will replace him with AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain after agreeing a loan deal with Higuain’s parent club Juventus.
Asked if Morata will play against Arsenal on Saturday, Sarri said: “I don’t know if he will play (against Arsenal on Saturday).
“He is training with us of course. It is normal.
“It is a difficult moment, it is normal for a player in January to be involved in a market. He is available (to play).”
When asked about the progress Chelsea are making on signing Higuain, Sarri said: “I don’t know.
“I want to be clear, I spoke to Marina two weeks ago, she knows my opinion and then I decided to be focused on the pitch and training.
“I know that Marina is working very hard, but I know nothing about the market.
“I don’t call her every evening, otherwise I spend my energy on the market, it is better to spend mental energy on the pitch.”