Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly set to sack Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29, according to reports in Italy.
According to Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea’s third place finish in the Premier League this season and a place in the Europa League final won’t be enough to save Sarri’s job.
The report claims Abramovich is considering sacking the former Napoli man, mainly due to the fact that Sarri has a poor relationship with Chelsea fans.
Despite having two years left on his contract, Abramovich is reportedly ready to cut short the 60-year-old’s time at Stamford Bridge.
During several Chelsea matches this season, Sarri’s decisions regarding substitutions have been booed, while fans chanted ‘f*** Sarri-ball’ during the team’s 2-1 win away to Cardiff City on March 31.
It is also claimed Abramovich isn’t happy with Sarri’s decision to openly criticise the club’s post-season friendly against New England Revolution in the United States.
Sarri questioned the timing of the friendly and suggested that the game interrupts his side’s preparation for the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29.
Abramovich played an integral role in setting up the friendly with New England Revolution owner Robert Kraft. The friendly is intended to raise awareness and support for the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination. Proceeds from the friendly will go to 15 organisations that tackle antisemitism. The two owners will personally donate more than £770,000 each to the cause.
Gazzetta dello Sport also claim Roma and AC Milan are interested in appointing Sarri as their next boss if the Italian is sacked by Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Sarri revealed after Chelsea’s goalless draw at Leicester City that he’s uncertain about his Chelsea future.
Asked if he will be at Stamford Bridge next season, Sarri replied: “I think so, but I am not sure.
“I can say only that the club asked me for the Champions League, and we reached the target.
“As you know very well, I love English football. I love the Premier League; it’s fantastic and the level is the best in the world, I think. The atmosphere in the stadiums is wonderful. I would like very much to stay here.”