Chelsea manager Maurizo Sarri is packing up from Chelsea to return to Italy to pickup the managerial job at Juventus. This is coming after the Chelsea coach returned Chelsea to the Champions League through a third-placed finish in the Premier League and winning the Europa League.
The 60-year-old former banker is the ninth full-time coach to leave Chelsea since Roman Abramovich took charge of the club in 2003. It was not a surprise that Sarri is leaving following the failure to connect with the the club support, public criticism of his players and a refusal to adapt his style of play.
Though Sarri hasn’t completed his contract at Stamford Bridge yet, but Juventus has agreed to pay the compensation to free him from the final two years that is remaining.
The Italian champions are keen on the brand of football Sarri imposed during three years at Napoli when only Juventus’ remarkable consistency prevented the Neapolitans a first league title since the days when Diego Maradona graced the San Paolo pitch.
However, Sarri failed to transport that free-flowing football to Chelsea as a manager, despite making midfield playmaker Jorginho his first signing.
Frank Lampard is warming up to return to Stamford Bridge as The Blues coach after he did one season in management at Derby County.
Lampard, 40, led the Rams to the Championship playoff final where they fell just short of a return to the Premier League.
Though the former England midfielder will not suffer any of the hostility encountered by Maurizio Sarri in the ”The Blues” fan base. But it will be a huge gamble both for Chelsea and for Lampard.