Manager of Chelsea Maurizio Sarri

No Easter for the Blues

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Manager of Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri, gives instructions. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Tim Harrison
Tim Harrison

By Tim Harrison

There’s no Easter bank holiday for the boys in blue. They face Burnley at the Bridge on Monday, determined to do better than they did at Anfield.

The 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend was hard to take. Had Eden Hazard not hit the woodwork when one-on-one with the Scouser keeper, things might have been different.

Only four league games remain as the season gallops to a close, with Chelsea still in with a shout of automatic Champions League football next season.

But who will be managing the Blues when everyone reconvenes in July?

If Morrie Sarri lifts the Europa Cup on 29 May, will he be allowed to continue... despite fans’ unhappiness about his tactics?

Trophies are important, but the whispers in the corridors of power insist Sarri will not stay, and a new gaffer will be announced – as early as June.

The feeling is that this particular leopard is not going to change his spots, and the club (and players) want to distance themselves from Sarriball.

Retaining talent such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi may hinge on a new boss being recruited.

The board knows that in some past seasons it has left things late – too late – to make effective changes in time for the start of a new season. The determination is that the club will not make that mistake again.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and unless specifically stated are not necessarily those of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

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