The managerial job at Chelsea is perhaps the most unstable of all managerial jobs in the world. The level of performance expected is unrealistically high and to make matters more complicated, the manager is not even given a free rein at Stamford Bridge.
In the last 15 years, since Roman Abramovich took over, the club has had 12 different managers taking up the hot seat. The situation is perplexing as Chelsea have won over 15 trophies in the same duration.
The pressure now is rising on Chelsea’s current manager Antonio Conte. The Italian won the league last year but has found things difficult this season. This uncertainty has led to reports of Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri coming to London. The manager himself has been coy about his position at the Italian club and might be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
Sarri said: ‘If you only think about the fans, you really want to stay here as long as you live and probably threaten a terror attack if the president wants to sack you.
‘You can’t find these fans elsewhere, this is a very important thing. But you also have to think about other aspects. But if this is going to end I want Napoli to be the memory of a lifetime for me.’
‘If the president is happy with my work, then great. If he’s not happy, then that’s a pity, but there are ways out for both parties. If he calls me, I’ll gladly talk.
‘What Napoli fans make you experience is remarkable, but it also puts fear in you that it could end. It can make you think that it might be best to walk away when there is still reciprocal love rather than risk moments of difficulty.’
‘We have 10 days [after the final league game] to evaluate the situation. The president gave me the chance to coach the team I’ve supported since childhood, a satisfaction very few people have enjoyed.’
For Chelsea fans, they might as well be preparing for the departure of Conte, given Chelsea’s history of firing managers. Hence, if Conte were to leave, Sarri could be one of the better options for the Blues to consider.
Under the tutelage of the Italian mastermind, Napoli looked to scale new heights in the domestic circuit this season. Though they fell short of their desired target to win the Scudetto this term, the flare in their attack, stability in their midfield and determination in their backline was evident with Sarri in charge. Chelsea will be hoping that the 59-year-old, despite his inexperience in the Premier League, might help them to get back to winning ways and establish the domination that was completely missing this season on English soil once again.