Italian club Napoli have today sacked Maurizio Sarri as manager of the club, with former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti the man to succeed the 59-year old Italian.
The new will further intensify the rumours that Sarri will indeed be the next man in at Chelsea, with Antonio Conte’s day seemingly numbered at Stamford Bridge – despite winning the Premier League and FA Cup in two seasons with the club, via the Metro.
The Blues would have been expected to have paid off both Antonio Conte and a release fee for Maurizio Sarri, however with his sacking by Napoli, the fiery Italian is now a ‘free agent’ and would be available immediately to take on a new role if he so wishes.
Napoli’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis released a statement via the club’s official Twitter page to thank Sarri for his services stating that “brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football.”
I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio.
Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADL https://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp
— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018
The Naples based club looked to be on course for the first Serie A title since 1990 with their hugely impressive last gasp victory at rivals Juventus, but subsequently lost and drew their next two matches to ensure their Turin rivals claimed a seventh successive league title.
Carlo Ancelotti, who was a long tipped as a runner to be re-appointed as the next Chelsea manager is the new man in-charge at the Stadio San Paolo, and will be tasked with keeping hold of some of Napoli’s star players including Jorginho and Kalidou Koulibaly – the latter of which is a transfer target for Chelsea according to talkSPORT.
Sarri is the firm-favourite to be the next Blues manager this summer and no doubt Chelsea fans will be hoping he can bring one or two of his former Napoli players with him as the club look to refresh and push on for a title push next season.