Maurizio Sarri’s future as Chelsea manager has come under threat as Chelsea’s form has nosedived since the start of the year.
Chelsea are out of the top four, and the Blues were dumped out of the FA Cup by a weakened Manchester United side at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Chelsea are struggling to win games, and the Blues season appear to be in crisis. In recent weeks, the Blues have lost to Arsenal 2-0, Bournemouth 4-0, Manchester City 6-0 and now Manchester United 2-0.
Sarri had an impressive start to his Chelsea reign, leading the side on an 18-match unbeaten streak, but comprehensive defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City in recent weeks as well as a decline in form that has caused Chelsea’s season to be on the verge of collapse have piled the pressure on the Italian.
After the defeat to United, Chelsea fans turned on the manager and the Blues booed the 60-year-old while urging the club to sack him.
And now, senior figures at Chelsea FC have held discussions over Maurizio Sarri’s future as head coach amid concern over recent performances and results.
The Chelsea board are ‘very concerned’ about Chelsea’s recent struggles ahead of a vital week, with Thursday’s clash against Malmo and the Carabao Cup final up next.
According to The Telegraph, Sarri is on the brink of being sacked, with assistant boss Gianfranco Zola the most likely to take over as caretaker manager until the summer. Zinedine Zidane is also being linked as a long-term target for the Blues managerial job.
Despite the rumours of a likely sack, Sarri has revealed that he isn’t worried about his job and is rather keen to work with the players and ensure they improve.
“No, I was really very worried when I was in league two in Italy,” he said. “I am not worried now.
“It is not my problem. My problem is to work with the players to improve in a few days and find more determination and aggression.”