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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is under huge pressure following Chelsea’s 2-0 loss at Everton that has left Chelsea’s hopes of a top four finish hanging in the balance.

The Blues would have been third if we had won games against Wolves and Everton but are now sixth, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

According to Daily Mail, Chelsea would like to keep Sarri until the end of the season, but are aware that growing fan unrest may force their hand.

The board are worried that the club would find it difficult getting a replacement if Sarri is sacked because of the impending transfer ban. A new manager won’t be able to make signings and most top managers won’t want that.

As it stands, Chelsea won’t be able to sign new players this summer and key man Eden Hazard is keen on leaving for Real Madrid at the end of the season. Chelsea won’t be able to replace Hazard if he leaves and that could scupper the appointment of a long-term successor to Sarri.

Former Chelsea assistant boss Steve Holland, who is now with the England national team, is reportedly the club’s first choice as caretaker boss should Sarri get sacked before the end of the season.

Chelsea were handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA last month. The club appealed the decision but were then denied the chance to have the ban frozen during the appeal process.

A statement from the club read: “Chelsea Football Club is astonished by the FIFA appeal committee’s decision not to suspend its sanction pending completion of the appeal process.

“So far as the club is aware, in all previous cases where a registration ban has been imposed by FIFA, a decision has also been made to suspend the sanction until the appeal process has been completed.

“Chelsea considers that it is being treated inconsistently in comparison with other European clubs.”

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