Have Chelsea Treated Sarri Badly?

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In June 2003, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea, and since the takeover, the club have won 13 major trophies – the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League twice, the Premier League five times, the FA Cup four times (with 2010 providing the club’s first ever league and FA Cup double), and the League Cup three times, making Chelsea the second most successful English trophy winning team in the decade with 15 honours, behind only Manchester United with 17 honours in the same timeframe.

It’s fair to say that Chelsea have been highly successful in Abramovich’s era, as the Russian has spent a lot of money on the club and his investment has indeed paid off.

However, one thing that has been lacking under Roman’s era has been stability and continuity. In Roman’s 16 years, Chelsea have gone through 10 permanent managers in that time, plus a number of interim and caretaker bosses in between appointments.

No Chelsea manager has lasted up to four seasons under the Russian, and Jose Mourinho remains the only manager to have gone beyond two years as Chelsea boss.

On 14 July 2018, Maurizio Sarri was appointed manager of Chelsea, replacing Antonio Conte who was sacked the day before, and one year after, the Italian is being linked with a move away from the club – highlighting just how unstable Chelsea have been.

As a result of Chelsea’s regular sacking of managers, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has paid out £92.9m in compensation to sacked managers, with Antonio Conte being the latest on the long list of departed managers.

It’s disturbing to the image of the club that Sarri is being linked with a move away from the club, as Chelsea might not be able to attract high profile managers anymore, if this continues.

It has been a difficult season for Sarri, as the Italian has faced a lot of pressure from the fans, media and Chelsea board in the course of the season, and it’s now safe to say that he met his target in his first season at the club and England.

Chelsea won the Europa League, and finished third behind two outstanding teams in Manchester City and Liverpool. Chelsea only lost another domestic final on penalties. Plenty of us (including me) have criticised Sarri, but he can rightly hit back by saying he’s fulfilled his target and that it was a good season for him.

At some point this season, there were talks of sack, and even after the Italian tried to steady the ship, those sack rumours never really left, and it became worse before the Europa League final that reports claimed Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge was dependent on Chelsea winning the Europa League final against Arsenal.

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1 Comment on "Have Chelsea Treated Sarri Badly?"

  1. Who’s been unfair to Sarri if not the pathetic English media? We know your likes, you’ll never write anything good about Chelsea. In all Sarri’s inconsistencies Chelsea board has been silent althrough. The media has kept on criticizing him despite the fact he came to the league this year, yet applauding Emery of Arsenal n Pochetino, to the surprise the most of us.If sticking with coaches althrough guarantees success then I think spurs and Arsenal are a jokers of a team. We can prove to the whole world despite all the alleged instabilities Chelsea has remained overly successful, we are not judged like the rest. The fans did voice their frustrations and rightly so i believe, we all know every football fan worldwide is happy when their teams are doing good, but the best thing Chelsea fans never boycotted matches, they never stopped standing with him, the opposite is actually the portrait of the media, nonsense.

    We all know that this season has been the most difficult for Chelsea as a club, both off and on the pitch, but look how the boys have performed. Sticking with coaches doesn’t necessarily guarantee success, at least we all know this.

    If Chelsea had a one 20 goal striker may be n just may be we would b talking about another Chelsea epl title. Remember how we dorminated Liverpool, man city, spurs, what else can we say, may be the fact that we are not buying like the rest. That’s the only difference. We have sold; Debruyne, Sallah, Costa, Oscar, Ramires, Thorgan Hazard, oreol romeo, Lukaku, Mikel, Drogba, Mata, Kalou, Sturidge,(Terry, Lampard, Cole Ashley, Makelele, Ballack, retired,) while we didn’t replace them adequately. We have also lost a very key figure in Emenalo Michael, I mean transition is playing key to all this, but media can’t highlight this, it has to be Chelsea not being fair, even when speculations are basically emanating from the media itself and so called pundits who played or are playing for Chelsea opponents.

    Consider how respectfully they interview the likes of Pep, Klopp, Emery, Pochetino n mostly solsjae n cmpare it with how they interview Sarri or Mourinho youll laugh, very disrespectful. The English media has always contributed 90% to chelsea’s woes, they can’t run away from that fact, I think Chelsea stories sells them a lot more than any other.

    My final opinion is that Chelsea should stick with Sarri at least for this season but if he wants to go then we should give Lampard, Moris, Zola and Terry a chance, or Steve Holland n Steve Clarke, or better still let’s go for Pochetino. Am also afraid that if he stays we’ll keep losing players, e.g., Morata, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Bashuayi, Tammy, Mason Mount, Reece James, am of the opinion we need to bring in these players as soon as possible. The problem is that Sarri does not rotate his players good enough, not mention tactical inflexibility. He’s an old man with the old ways of doing things. Sticking to an idea far too long even when it’s not working, Sarri is sturbon we all know it. Look at how long he took to start trusting both Odoi, Loftuscheek n Emmerson? This tell u a lot more than meets the eye. So we are in a 50/50situation.

    God help us.

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