Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has vaulted over Claude Puel and Marco Silva to take the lead in the sack race – the contest to decide the next Premier League manager to be sacked.
Sunday’s six-nil humiliation against Manchester City at The Etihad – Chelsea’s worst loss in 28 years – has seen bookmakers slash the odds on the 60-year old Italian losing his job to 6/4, as the knives begin to sharpen for the former Napoli boss.
The result and terrible performance capped a run of three consecutive Premier League away losses which saw the club concede 12 goals without finding the net once.
That led to Sarri publicly admitting after the loss to Arsenal that he could not motivate his players, and then choosing to exclude his coaching staff from the dressing room, as he locked himself in with his team after the four-goal thrashing at Bournemouth.
Chelsea’s next two domestic fixtures do not appear to offer Sarri much respite either – a home tie with rampant Manchester United in the FA Cup, and then a repeat engagement with City in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.