Remember when Chelsea sacked coaches in the morning and announced replacements by that same night? The Roberto Di Matteo-to-Rafael Benitez transition comes to mind, even if only to be immediately repressed again. But the point is that this summer, we seem to have replaced such ruthless efficiency with just petty ruthlessness, strong decision-making (for better or worse) with uncertainty and delays (for worse).
After a two-month wait, Antonio Conte was finally sacked on Thursday afternoon, which was belatedly, and pettily, announced Friday morning. Later that day Maurizio Sarri put pen to paper on his contract, and was even photographed standing outside of Stamford Bridge.
And yet, no announcement.
Unlike the Conte affair, the Sarri delay probably has something to do with marketing, or Friday the 13th superstitions, or planetary alignments, or perhaps there are still some final things to take care of with Napoli. There’s also a good chance that the club will insist on putting together the usual cringe-worthy announcement video, both for Sarri and Jorginho, perhaps making it a triple feature with Sarri, Jorginho, and Gianfranco Zola, who’s expected to return to the club to serve as Sarri’s assistant.
So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.
Either way, it’s more delays in a summer full of them. This is how we live our life now, next 48 hours at a time.
No worries ... plenty of time left ... oh.
4 weeks tonight the new Premier League season kicks off.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 13, 2018
In 2015, Sarri was announced by Napoli on June 12, with the season starting on August 23. They lost their first game and won only 1 of their first 5. Good luck!