Monday has come and gone and officially, Maurizio Sarri remains the Chelsea head coach. There’s been no Juventus announcement, no apparent movement. Even the rumor mill was relatively quiet. Situation unchanged.
No green light yet.
Sarri-whisperer Alfredo Pedulla’s urging patience. “Let’s wait a little longer; it’s more beautiful this way”, begins his update tonight. He assures that everything’s heading for a “soft landing”. Soon. Maybe Wednesday? Thursday?
Yeah, he doesn’t know either.
With no progress to speak of, the Italian media has been busying themselves drawing up plans for the Sarri regime.
As is tradition, the first few names linked are all from Chelsea. There’s left back Emerson, who’s been on Juve’s radar since before moving to Chelsea, one time seen as a potential replacement for Alex Sandro. There’s of course Gonzalo Higuaín, who’s already on the Old Lady’s books and, much to their earlier chagrin, is set to return from his loan adventures at AC Milan and Chelsea, possibly at Sarri’s behest. A third name is Paolo Bertelli, a fitness coach, who’s the lone holdover from Conte’s two-year regime. Apparently, Sarri has taken a shine to him and would like to bring him along, in addition to all the rest of the staff — though we would expect Carlo Cudicini and possibly Gianfranco Zola to stay regardless of what happens.
In any case, the wait goes on. Maybe they just want some of the angry initial reaction (from both the north and the south of Italy) to die down a bit.
“The bond between Sarri and Neapolitans was very strong, just as his adhesion to the project and to the Neapolitan character was strong. It’s understandable that some will find this painful, but Sarri is a professional and at times this profession brings you to make choices that can be disorienting.”
-Carlo Ancelotti; source: Football Italia