Maurizio Sarri will demand ‘complete overhaul’ of squad in summer IF he avoids the sack

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The manager is under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge after four successive away defeats, including a 6-0 thrashing by Man City

Maurizio Sarri will look to undergo a complete overhaul of the Chelsea squad this summer should he keep his job, according to reports.

The Times report the Italian feels the west London side must either back him or sack him, after a dreadful run of form culminating in four successive away defeats.

Maurizio Sarri is facing the sack if Chelsea’s form doesn’t improve

Sarri, 60, arrived from Napoli in July as the replacement for the sacked Antonio Conte and and after a promising start to life at Stamford Bridge, their form has dwindled over the last couple of months.

It is Sarri’s belief that he is incapable of getting the necessary improvements out of the current players at his disposal – thus demands reinforcements if he does indeed remain in charge.

During the Roman Abramovich era there have been several incidences of dressing room discontent, resulting in the sacking of a manager.

The Russian owner has made 12 managerial appointments during his 15-year tenure in west London to date, with the club intent on hoping to avoid sacking Sarri after just seven months in charge.

Sarri says he “never hears” from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

Sarri says he “never hears” from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

The Blues boss recently revealed he “never hears” from Abramovich, fuelling speculation their relationship has become increasingly strained.

Speaking after the 6-0 thumping at Manchester City, Sarri said: “If the president [Roman Abramovich] calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him.

“To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.”

He has also publicly criticised his players after defeats to Tottenham, Arsenal and Bournemouth, with Sunday’s humiliation a new low.


Sarri admits it’s hard for him to understand the current crisis at Stamford Bridge, adding: “I’m surprised because at the beginning of the season we played better away than at home so I don’t know what has happened but at the moment we are in trouble.

“In the last three or four matches we were without a reaction from the first difficulty so we need to understand.

“It is difficult to describe our performance, it’s difficult also to understand.

“We started well but after four minutes we conceded a goal in a stupid way.”

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