What does a manager have to do at Chelsea to get more than two years in charge of the west London club?
Despite guiding the Blues to a third-place finish in the Premier League and to two cup finals, Maurizio Sarri’s future is still far from certain.
In fact, outlets such as the Evening Standard are reporting that Roman Abramovich and the rest of the higher-ups at Stamford Bridge have already started drawing up contingency plans, with Massimiliano Allegri said to be one of them.
When looking at where Chelsea are trying to get to, though, going after a manager of Allegri’s profile might not be the wisest of ideas.
That is not to say Allegri is a terrible manager. At Juventus, the Italian has shown he is anything but, proving his credentials as a world-class tactician in both the Serie A and Champions League.
But given the sacking of Antonio Conte last year, a very similar coach, and Sarri’s appointment, it is clear Chelsea want more than that from their man in the dugout.
As well as a successful team, Abramovich has always wanted an outfit that could put on a show on that Stamford Bridge pitch.
And that became even more apparent with not just Sarri’s arrival, but also the words that came with it from the Russian’s right hand, Marina Granovskaia.
“We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea,” Granovskaia told the club’s official club website last July.
“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.”
To ditch Sarri now would be one thing, but to then go running back to a pragmatic coach like Allegri after just one season would be really damning.
Do so, and Abramovich will never realise his ultimate football dream.
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