After months of speculations and hiccups on the deal, Chelsea has today confirmed the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement. Chelsea parted ways with the latter on Friday after a seemly poor season failing to guide the Blues to Champions League Football finishing a turbulent campaign fifth on the Premier League. He did won the FA Cup in his last game at Stamford Bridge.
The former Napoli boss signed a three years contract with the West London Club. His only career success to date after fifteen years of coaching is measured to Napoli’s return to European competitions, two second-place finishes in domestic league during his three years spell at Seria A. In 2017, he won the Seria A coach of the year.
The Club and Sarri himself spoke to Chelsea TV after the deal
Maurizio Sarri is “very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period of my career,” while the club welcomes his “football philosophy.”
The deal was finally done this morning after weeks or even months of tension, as he had to first terminate his existing contract with Napoli and the Stamford Bridge side had to sack Antonio Conte
“I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career,” Sarri told the official Chelsea website.
“I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of traveling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action.
“I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves.”
Although other tacticians were contacted, Chelsea continued to hold out until Sarri was released.
“We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea,” said director Marina Granovskaia.
“Maurizio’s Napoli side played some of the most exciting football in Europe, impressing with their attacking approach and dynamism, and his coaching methods significantly improved the players at his disposal.
“He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League.”