Maurizio Sarri’s time at Chelsea is surely running out following the team’s 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City.
The Blues have been inconsistent throughout the season. They currently sit in sixth place on the Premier League table and have come in for fair criticism of late.
Sarri, though, has shouldered the majority of the blame for Chelsea’s shortcomings.
Several of his tactical decisions have been questioned; N’Golo Kante is playing out of position, Jorginho is regularly exploited, and Sarriball is rather deflated.
Chelsea are in a difficult predicament and, despite leading them to the Carabao Cup final, their manager’s position is undoubtedly under scrutiny.
So, if the club are to sack Sarri shortly, who could come in to replace him at Stamford Bridge?
We’ve taken a look at potential replacements for the Italian.
Zidane has been out of work since his surprise exit from Real Madrid in the summer. He’s a strong man-manager and could get the most from Chelsea’s underperforming stars.
Blanc could sense an opportunity to return to top-level management if Sarri is relieved of his duties. He has been without a job since departing Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2015/16 season but is experienced and disciplined.
Zola is working as Sarri’s current assistant manager. It would not be a big-name appointment, but it could be a safe one, with the Italian already boasting a clear knowledge of the current players and the club’s history.
Stoger worked as an interim manager at Borussia Dortmund last season. He stabilised the German side after Peter Bosz’s unsuccessful reign and got the most from his players. Chelsea need an influence such as this in the immediate future.
Montella would be a left-field choice for Chelsea. He could relish the opportunity to take on his first managerial stint in English football.
Rodgers has experience of working with Chelsea, so they’ll be well aware of his credentials. A return to Stamford Bridge following his success with Celtic could be tempting.
Schalke have been less than convincing this season, but Tedesco remains an astute tactician and coach. He’d be an intriguing albeit risky appointment for Chelsea.
Gian Piero Gasperini
Gasperini is among the most underrated managers in the world. His work with Atalanta has been tremendous and, this season, they sit in fourth place on the Serie A table. He’d stabilise Chelsea and ensure that they return to their previously organised shape.
Lopetegui’s reign at Real Madrid was disastrous. However, as evidenced by his time at Spain, he is a shrewd tactician and could at least provide Chelsea with an injection of energy without wavering from a possession-based style of play.
Howe would be a risky appointment for Chelsea, but perhaps one that would change their fortunes. He has immense potential as a manager and has already displayed his credentials with Bournemouth. His side defeated the Blues 4-0 only recently.