Maurizio Sarri appointed Chelsea's new manager

By PTI Published on Jul 14, 2018 04:10 PM IST

London:  Maurizio Sarri has succeeded Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager on a three-year deal, the club announced on Saturday.

The 59-year-old former Napoli head coach becomes Roman Abramovich's ninth full-time manager in his 15 years as owner less than 24 hours after Conte parted company with the club he led to a league and FA Cup title.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: "We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea."

Sarri said he would be starting his new job "and meeting the players" on Monday ahead of Chelsea' pre-season Australia tour.

"I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves," he said.

Winning trophies didn't save Conte being shown the Stamford Bridge exit door as he was dismissed after guiding Chelsea to the FA Cup in May.

His days were numbered after he fell out with the board and senior players.

Chelsea believes they have got in Sarri, an astute tactician who produces sides playing exciting football with his three years at Napoli harvesting two second-placed finishes in Serie A.

"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," noted Director, Chelsea FC, Marina Granovskaia.

"He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League."

Chelsea missed out on the Champions League last season, having finished fifth in the league, and as such face a battle to keep key figures, with Eden Hazard linked as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

With little over three weeks left in the transfer window and four until the first Premier League match of the 2018-19, Sarri cannot count on time as an ally.