Zola is coming home! Chelsea fans excited as Sarri finally agrees to summer move to Stamford Bridge
Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has agreed a deal to become the next boss of Chelsea, after the Blues officially announced the departure of Antonio Conte, according to the Sky Sports website.
After just two years, a Premier League title and FA Cup win and a new style of play in the English game, Conte was let go by the club on Friday afternoon as the Blues head into a new direction.
And the direction they are heading is in the shape of Sarri, who will bring attacking football to Stamford Bridge after the Italian signed the deal to take over from Conte following a two-and-a-half hour meeting with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia at the club on Friday night.
The chain-smoking Italian boss was replaced by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti last month but Napoli were playing hard-ball over the kind of compensation fee they wanted and a move had been held up.
And he will also bring former Chelsea hero Gianfranco Zola back to the club as his second in command, with the little Italian knowing the Blues inside and out during his time at Stamford Bridge.
However, one pundit who is not happy with the deal is that of Jamie Carragher, who believes Conte will be a huge miss to the Premier League.
The Italian had a year remaining on his contract and leaves the club as one of the best coaches in world football.
“Losing Antonio Conte is a big blow for the Premier League,” Carragher told Sky Sports News.
“I think he’s been brilliant. He changed to three at the back at Chelsea and it seemed like the whole country changed to it – even England did.
“He’s had a major impact in English football. To come in and win the league then the FA Cup in your first two years is some achievement.”
Conte may have fallen out with the hierarchy at the club but he had proven over the course of his career that he was a serial winner, and that is something Sarri will need to cope with.
Sarri may be a great manager with a great style of play, but he still hasn’t won anything during his thirteen year managerial career, which will be a problem considering the Blues have signed him to win.