Cesc Fabregas believes Maurizio Sarri is a “very stubborn” manager, although he also admits he respects his former boss.
Sarri experienced a strange fairly successful first season at Chelsea, winning the Europa League, finishing third in the Premier League and reaching the EFL Cup final.
Despite this, supporters struggled to warm to the Italian, whose behaviour often frustrated them and whose playing style received plenty of criticism.
Sarri will leave Chelsea after just one year, with the 60-year-old set to be named Juventus’ new manager imminently.
Speaking to Press Association Sport, the Spaniard admits that he will never change his style, although he does respect him:
Well, he is a manager with his own ideas and he doesn’t move from them much.
He has an idea of how he wants to play and the football that he really wants to play. He doesn’t move from it.
No matter what you tell him, no matter what you advise him, no matter what your opinion is, he will never change.
He is very superstitious, he is very stubborn in this way.
But he did it the way he likes it. He has his own vision of football and, in the end, he is where he is with it and you have to respect that.
Chelsea are now on the hunt for a new manager, with various names being mooted, from Frank Lampard to a shock return for Jose Mourinho.
Next Chelsea Manager Odds
Frank Lampard - 1/6
Lampard is the strong favourite to take over from Maurizio Sarri this summer.
It would be risky, considering the Chelsea legend’s lack of experience, but the supporters would be behind him.
Massimilano Allegri - 5/1
Allegri’s superb reign as Juventus manager has ended and he may be looking for a new club straight away.
The Italian would be an excellent appointment, with few coaches in Europe more highly thought of.
Javi Gracia - 14/1
Gracia is doing an impressive job at Watford, guiding them to the FA Cup final last month.
Could the Spaniard be ready for a step up and a move to west London?
Jose Mourinho - 16/1
Mourinho is still out of work, having left Manchester United back in December.
He couldn’t return to Chelsea for a third spell, could he?
Steve Holland - 16/1
Holland was the favourite to be the next Chelsea manager at one point.
Gareth Southgate’s assistant with England now feels like a long shot, however.