Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea have given their fair share of managers the sack. But at least all eight of the permanent coaches — and all three emergency fill-in bosses — got their marching orders in a face-to-face meeting with club brass, even if the circumstances were sometimes less than salutary.
Not so Maurizio Sarri.
In between roaming the empty halls at Cobham and walking his dog Ciro during the break, he found time to give Italian daily Il Mattino an interview in which he described how he learned he had become Napoli’s ex-manager.
“It’s true, I found out that I wasn’t the Napoli Coach anymore by seeing it on television. I had some doubts, that’s fair, but there was a clause in the contract and it wasn’t something I had asked for. It was not respected in the timing. Now I hope that Ancelotti can achieve what I came so close to.”
As we’ve come to discover in the nearly two months that Sarri has been with Chelsea, he’s an agreeable, good-natured man who, despite his reputation for outbursts, is actually quite tolerant. Everything’s easier when you’re winning, of course, but thus far it’s all been quite dignified.
Case in point, when he was asked whether he resents how Napoli, specifically club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, treated him, he answered in a wholly positive manner.
“[I’m] grateful, because he gave me the opportunity to be Coach of Napoli. I am very fond of his son (Vice-President Edoardo De Laurentiis).”
-Maurizio Sarri; source: Il Mattino via Football Italia
Winning games, winning hearts, and winning minds ... so far so good for Maurizio!