Former Swansea City boss Francesco Guidolin has suggested that Chelsea must give Maurizio Sarri time at the club.
The Italian has blown hot and cold this season: the Blues started the season strongly and looked like they would have been Premier League title contenders during the opening games of the season. However, their form dipped following the 2-0 Premier League defeat against Arsenal in January. The only trophy the Blues can realistically win now is the Europa League. They are also currently in the race to secure a top-four finish but face stiff competition from fellow London giants Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Chelsea are a club that is not exactly known for giving managers time to achieve their mandates or having patience with bosses in spite of their past achievements. We saw this when Antonio Conte was sacked last summer. Conte had led the club to the Premier League title during the 2016/17 campaign. Even though the club finished fifth under him last term, he managed to land the West London club giants silverware by guiding them to the FA Cup.
If the worst case scenario occurs for Chelsea this season and they fail to finish in the top four, as well as get eliminated from the Europa League, one would feel that Sarri would get sacked. Guidolin, however, feels that Sarri should be given time to prove himself. During an interview with Tribal Football, the 63-year-old Guidolin said: “I wish Sarri the opportunity to show that his football is also valid in England, because the team is strong and the players are there.
“He has the qualities to do well, but I don’t know if we’ll see him again in London in the near future. If he hopes so, I wish him.”