Arsenal legend tells Chelsea ‘go all out’ and sign ideal Sarri replacement Rodgers from Premier League rivals
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Chelsea to make a move for Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri has been heavily criticised for some of his tactical decisions in big games this season in big games which have cost the club some valuable points, and even some silverware under the Italian.
And there is a feeling around the media that he could be sacked by owner Roman Abramovic at the end of the season if he fails to win the Europa League title against Arsenal, with the likes of Max Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino linked with a move to the Blues.
But Merson believes Rodgers would be the ideal replacement for the Italian and has urged Chelsea to pull out all the stops to bring him in, after the former Liverpool boss made the move to Leicester earlier in the season.
“Chelsea missed a trick not getting Brendan Rodgers and they should go back in for him this summer if Maurizio Sarri goes,” the former Arsenal attacker told the Daily Star.
“They should pay whatever it costs to get him because he is a perfect fit for Chelsea. He knows the club, plays good football, and is used to the pressure of managing in a tough environment.
“What he’s done at Leicester has been phenomenal. He’s transformed that team and the way they play and if he stays next season, he will probably get them back into Europe.
“Leicester had got used to playing with 30 per cent of the possession sometimes before Rodgers came in. Now they dominate the ball and they play it around like Manchester City at times.
“I think he’s doing a great job and people were wrong to write him off after it all went sour at Liverpool. He’s rediscovered himself at Celtic and now he’s back in the Premier League.
“Sarri has just taken Chelsea into another final and he’s got them back into the Champions League, which is always the minimum requirement.
“But is it enough? I’m not sure. I think alarm bells were ringing when he came out with all that stuff about not being able to motivate his players.
“And if Eden Hazard goes and they can’t sign any players, is he really going to fancy another season of the fans having a go at him?
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s gone in the summer.”
Many Chelsea fans may not like the decisions that Sarri has made or even like to style of play of the Italian, but so far this season he has led them to two finals and third in the Premier League, which is not bad.
Rodgers will not leave Leicester so soon after moving from Celtic, so it would be a shock to see him as Chelsea boss next season.
Sarri has done a decent job this season and needs more time to get things right, as by the end of the season they could be European Champions and have Champions League football for next season.