There is no doubt that some Chelsea supporters will be delighted to see Maurizio Sarri leave Stamford Bridge.
The Italian simply failed to win over a large section of the west London club’s fanbase, with many left unconvinced with the football that was on show.
For others, though, it is a completely different story. And that includes former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet, who does not want to see Sarri go.
“At the end of the day, he finished third behind the two best teams for many, many years in the Premier League, he won the Europa League and was in the final of the League Cup, which they lost on penalties. So it wasn’t that bad,” Poyet told talkSPORT.
“I’m not sure whether it’s Chelsea that want him to leave, or he himself wants to leave. It looks to me that he’s had enough of the criticism for the job he’s done and actually he is the one who wants to leave. Me? I want Sarri to stay.”
Poyet is not alone. As already mentioned, for all of his doubters, Sarri certainly did have his supporters.
Still, an exit now looks inevitable with Sarri reportedly (as per Mail Online) waiting for the green light from Juventus, and that is disappointing. Sarri really started to look like he was building something at Stamford Bridge.
Towards the end of the campaign, he started playing academy graduates Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen, who could all now go on to help form a strong Chelsea spine for years to come.
And in the Europa League final against Arsenal, the Blues were superb, putting on a real show that epitomised Sarri-ball. On the night, some of the passing combinations in midfield were simply exquisite.
When you consider all of that, it will be a shame to see Sarri go. After some very difficult moments, the former Napoli manager looked to have finally found the right formula.