Chelsea staff openly talking about Maurizio Sarri being sacked at the end of the season

The Italian has struggled to win over the fans at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea’s coaching staff are convinced both they and head coach Maurizio Sarri will be sacked at the end of the season and are openly talking about it around the training ground.

The Blues are in the middle of a fierce battle to qualify for the top four – and next season’s Champions League – after dropping points at home to Burnley, while they go to Old Trafford to face Manchester United next.

Sarri has been under pressure for much of the season, with the club’s fans turning on the Italian and regularly chanting ‘f*** Sarri-ball’ during matches.

Sarri was sent off in Chelsea’s loss to Burnley and later fined £8,000 (Picture: Getty)

His decision to field more of the club’s youngsters bought him time, but, according to The Sun, failure to qualify for the Champions League could prove fatal to his Stamford Bridge reign.

There has been a huge amount of discord between Sarri and Chelsea’s board, with the former Napoli boss frustrated over transfer targets, and his coaching staff believe the situation is so bad that he will be let go after just one season.

Chelsea are already believed to be drawing up a list of replacements in the event that they get rid of Sarri.

Watford’s Javi Gracia is part of a three-man shortlist after his excellent season with the Hornets, while former Blues midfielder Frank Lampard and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo are also being considered.

Javi Gracia is one of the names being linked with replacing Sarri at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

The west Londoners fear they will not be able to attract a top-level manager this summer if their transfer ban is upheld, denying any new coach the opportunity to strengthen the squad, while their best player – Eden Hazard – is likely to leave.

Sarri himself is thought to be unfazed by the prospect of being sacked and has already been encouraging interest from Serie A side Roma as he plans for life after Chelsea.


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