GARY NEVILLE: CHELSEA WON’T SACK SARRI, BUT HE HAS TO BE CAREFUL

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Maurizio Sarri was appointed as Chelsea manager in the summer, after Chelsea let go of Antonio Conte who could only guide the Blues to a fifth spot finish at the end of last season, despite winning the FA Cup.

Sarri became the 13th managerial appointment by Roman Abramovich when he was given the Chelsea job during the summer, and his reign as Chelsea boss started smoothly. His team started out with Sarri-ball brilliantly and were winning games and Chelsea were thick in the title race until a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham in November.

It just seemed like Chelsea never recovered from that defeat, and Sarri’s woes were compounded when Bournemouth thrashed the Blues 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium last week Wednesday.

Rumours started to fly that Sarri’s job was in danger until the team came back to thrash Huddersfield 5-0 in a very convincing display.

Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes that Sarri won’t be sacked this season but has warned the Italian that he could face the sack if his team struggles next season.

He told Sky Sports: “I don’t think Chelsea will sack him during the season but the warning signs are there which make you think it would be surprising if it went past the summer.

“Not because I want him to leave – I think he’s doing a good job – but looking at it he probably realises the job he is in.

“He’s had a look at the players and sees the players are not doing what he wants them to do.

“They never probably will. The maximum any manager gets out of those Chelsea players is one year. That’s the nature of the club.

“No manager can maintain that job for a long time. No manager has control. The manager should have control and be the voice of the football club. But there’s so much politics going on.”

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Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.