New manager but same old Blues? Why Roman Abramovich could create problems for Chelsea
Chelsea have finally solved their managerial issues by appointing former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as the club’s new head coach ahead of the new season. The Blues also subsequently signed Napoli midfielder Jorginho for a reported fee of around £57million. The club must now aim to make it back into the top-four after finishing 5th last season.
The Blues’ fans can expect to see some attractive, high-intensity attacking football next season. Sarri is an articulate man and the manager will instil his style of football and philosophy into the team. With a strong personality, the Italian is the kind of man who doesn’t have much regard for public opinion. He was often caught in the middle of many controversial press conference quotes and insults.
Over the last few days, reports are suggesting that Roman Abramovich has personally spoken to Maurizio Sarri about his previous habits. The Chelsea owner has asked the 59-year-old to ditch his touchline sportswear and his half-time smoking habit.
Maurizio Sarri has always been a tracksuit manager but Abramovich has asked him to bring in a British taste to his approach. The manager is also known for his vigorous smoking habit, which certainly will not bode well with the Chelsea hierarchy.
Abramovich has previously had tussles with his Italian counterparts, and if it happens again, it certainly won’t be a first. Neither will it be surprising, because Roman Abramovich is a ruthless man when it comes to his business. Over the years, he has established himself as a “Get me the title or face the sack” kind of man.
And with Maurizio Sarri’s strong ego and personality, this could be the start of a long cold war between the two.
Sarri is the kind of man who likes to do things his own way. He is a man who prefers to be his own judge, jury and executioner. However, it remains to be seen how the Italian will respond to Abramovich’s directives.
That said, Sarri is also quite smart. In fact, he was pictured all suited up for his first day at Stamford Bridge. To ensure a smooth and healthy relationship with the club, he should be willing to make some changes to his lifestyle. As Chelsea fly out for their pre-season tour, Sarri will have to make those changes sooner rather than later.