How safe is Maurizio Sarri’s job at Chelsea? If we had asked that question a few weeks ago the answer would have been, not very. But a lot can change in a few days no matter a few weeks and Sarri’s job is much more secure at The Blues than it was then, why so?
First up was Chelsea’s performance in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. True it ended in defeat but The Blues did not concede against City and they only lost on penalties. This was seen as a massive improvement after they had lost to the very same team 6-0 only a matter of days before. The Chelsea hierarchy could clearly see that there had been a big talks in the dressing room and hard work done in training- Chelsea lost the cup final but they did so with their heads held up high.
But things have gotten better for the club when after that match they took on Tottenham in 3rd place and beat them 2-0. This was a massive result for the club and they followed that up with a 2-1 win over West London neighbours Fulham. The Fulham game was an expected 3 points but made awkward given that it is a derby and that Scott Parker was managing his first game at home after Claudio Ranieri’s sacking. It could have gone south for Chelsea, instead they rose to the occasion.
Chelsea are still in 6th place, a position that they slipped to last month but they now have a game in hand, win that and they would go 4th and would only be 2 points behind Tottenham. When all things are considered Sarri in his debut season really hasn’t had a bad one, at least not one that deserves to be sacked.
Another advantage for the Italian is UEFA’S impending transfer ban on the club, that at the moment spreads to two windows. If the ban goes through after appeal it would mean that Chelsea could not buy any players until the summer of 2020. Now what new manager coming in would want such a situation? As far as the very elite go, no one and that is why Sarri might just be a good choice to stay with the club.
For now Sarri’s job is safe and yet the bookmakers still believe that England assistant Steve Holland will be taking over very soon. We can conclude with all validity that Sarri being fired in his first season in the job with a top 4 place on the line would seem very harsh indeed.